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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #21 of 42 Hotels in Thekkady
London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great value for money!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

The resort was relatively easy to get to, despite being situated in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hotel on the whole was very clean and the rooms were very spacious and comfortable, with well equipped bathrooms. The swimming pool area was also well maintained and provided a nice break from the heat.

Right next to the hotel is the riverbank from where boats took us on a tour deep inside the forest surrounding Periyar lake. The hotel also provided us the opportunity to do a forest trek, which was a very enjoyable experience, despite the leeches! (The appropriate protective clothing was provided prior to the trek) In the hotel, there were a variety of traditional ayurvedic massages and treatments available, which were on the whole very good.

The only thing that I could fault about the hotel was that there was not much variety in the food available, and a lot of the food tasted similar. It would be better if the management brought a wider range of dishes from Kerala itself onto the menu rather than having standard North Indian fare. Breakfast was however, very good and I'd highly recommend trying the puttu with kadala kari!

Overall, a great place to stay, and one that I'd happily come back to!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Silverstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The description in the Lonely Planet guide says KTDC runs three steeply priced hotels in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctury including the Aranya Nivas so after our overnight on the Backwaters we were expecting something special. The grounds were well tended, the front of the hotel looked well and the reception was spacious, historical and well maintained. On reflection one of the female reception staff was rather inpatient, we had just spent a disaster of night on a houseboat and a six hour drive, so perhaps we were not at our best but you expect that to be recognized. We were pleased with the bedroom, which was elegant, spacious and overlooked the pool. After an explore both inside and outside of the hotel we slowly started to come to the conclusion that the hotel had been underfunded for some time this was compounded when we discovered the bathroom. It was an absolute disgrace and not worthy of what I presume was a rather grand hotel, the bath was damaged and should have been replaced some time ago but worse was it had not been cleaned in a long time, there was a thick greasy tide mark, the plug hole was full of hair the mirror had what looked like snot on it, the window was filthy. Yes we did complain and two young men from reception came to look, there answer was it was an old bath and couldn't be cleaned, which was absolute rubbish. We never saw a senior manager and to be quite frank the issue was not dealt with well. The hotel is soulless, no atmosphere and feels rather institutionalised, beds for example are stored in the main corridors.
WiFi only works in reception.
Obviously a great location but seriously suffering from under investment.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We visited this place on 17th july when monsoon was at its peak in Kerala making the forest beautiful and fresh with greenery everywhere...
When we entered this hotel we were very impressed with the courteousness of the staff and with their good english (rare to find in Kerala)...hotel was also maintained really well...
We were given a premium deluxe room which was much much bigger than we expected...big bedroom, bathroom and a living room.. rooms have been designed keeping environment in mind and thats why they do not provide ac in any of the rooms... overall rooms are well maintained...
Drawbacks...
- as other reviewers say... monkeys...and you are not supposed to open windows during daytime...so this affects ventillation in the room...
- very few recreational activities in the hotel...and even those less maintained...

We enjoyed the stay in this hotel as it lets you stay inside the forest and relax...

Would recommend it to people who love nature....

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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delhi
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I stayed at this inside the sanctuary property in first week of June 2014 with my family the location is very good besides the lake, rooms are basic (non ac and I did not needed one as the weather was pleasant) having nice and clean bathrooms they staff helped us providing tickets for boat ride without standing in line , food was decent for both Dinner and Breakfast I avoided the swimming pools as I found it dirty there is beer parlor, snooker table , carom board table tennis if interested , the only minus for this hotel is you could not venture out after 5.00 pm. My two year baby boy was very happy during the period of stay as he was able to see monkeys just outside the window displaying their full range of antics. I found this hotel value for money as I never had any high expectations for the same considering it is a sarkari hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Goa
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

If you ever want to be in a virgin forest to experience wilderness,tranquility and lovely woods Thekkady is the best place.And this unforgettable days are incomplete with out a stay in Aranyanivas.
Location of the hotel is most ideal and is perfect haven for a nature lover.Dense forest,high value flora and fauna around this hotel makes it an ultimate place for one who loves nature at it's best.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

We selected this hotel to stay inside the periyar sanctuary. Good Rooms and Nice Location, Boating land is nearby and will get tickets from hotel itself. Beware of monkey if you open the windows. And after 5 pm there is nothing much to do.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Allahabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

We stay here for 2 nights. We enjoyed very much here. Good place for nature lovers who want to stay in peace. But the only drawback is that if you need anything which is not available in hotel you have to go outside in market which is too far...
No AC's in deluxe rooms except one fan.
Lots of monkeys outside so always keep the windows closed.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Aranya Nivas KTDC
Address: Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranya Nivas KTDC 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aranya Nivas is the only premium jungle lodge of its kind situated inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve(Thekkady). The resort provides avenue for close interaction with the tropical rain forest and wild life. The resort is located on the banks of Periyar lake. Entry to Periyar Sanctuary will be closed by 5.00 pm. Hence please ensure to reach inside the sanctuary before 5.00 pm. ... more   less 
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Aranya Nivas Ktdc Hotel Thekkady
Aranya Nivas Idukki
Aranya Nivas Hotel Idukki
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