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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aranya Nivas Ktdc Hotel Thekkady
- Aranya Nivas Idukki
- Aranya Nivas Hotel Idukki
- Aranya Nivas KTDC Thekkady, Kerala, India