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Thekkady - it just can’t get wilder than this. The name Thekkady is synonymous with wildlife and forests.

It is the central point of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of the best-managed tiger reserves in. This is the only tiger reserve where one can watch animals at close quarters from a boat. The normal sightings are elephant, bison, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar and a variety of birds.

If you are lucky enough, you may see tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog etc while on trekking. If you love wildlife and adventure, welcome to this wildlife haven. Thekkady can offer you all these, and more. The rich flora and fauna here is a treat for your senses. This is an ideal location for wildlife tourism and eco-tourism. The inviting lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake would be a relaxing affair.

Aranya Nivas - an authentic jungle lodge Aranya Nivas by the side of the placid Periyar Lake is a veritable destination for wildlife enthusiasts and eco-tourists. Located inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this is an authentic jungle lodge.

This was opened by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of.

Aranya Nivas (KTDC) can be reached from the Thekkady Junction (Railway Station) which is situated at a distance of 1 km. This hotel in Thekkady offers Ayurveda service to its patrons. This hotel has 30 rooms for its patrons. Each room is benefited with a wardrobe, toiletries, bottled drinking water and attached bathroom with hot and cold water supply.

Aranya Nivas (KTDC) offers various facilities which include room service, front desk, swimming pool, travel desk, car rental, laundry, doctor on call and currency exchange. This property has a restaurant and a bar. The hotel also has its very own handicraft emporium. This hotel in Thekkady was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and is situated in the wilderness of Periyar Tiger Reserve.

This property can also be reached from the Thekkady Junction Bus Stop (1 km) and Cochin International Airport (141 km). Tourist attractions located near this area are Thekkady (2 km), Forbay Dam (2 km) and Ottakathalamedu view point (10 km).

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How to Get There

Timings: Entry into the resort is possible only between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nearest bus terminal: Kumily, about 4 km Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 114 km Nearest airport: Madurai, about 140 km.

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Things to do near by

Attractions Kumily: This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is an important centre for shopping and spice trade. Mangala Devi Temple: This ancient temple is situated hidden in the dense woods on the top of a peak, at around 1337-m above sea level. The temple, believed to be more than 2,000 years old, is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats and some hill villages of Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden. Tribal Museum, Kumily: This museum depicts the culture and lifestyle of the tribals inhabiting the region. The museum was setup and is being managed by the members of the local tribal community. Periyar Tiger Interpretation Centre, Thekkady: This interpretation centre provides valuable and detailed information about the Periyar Tiger Reserve. This is a treasure house for wildlife tourists and eco-tourists. NB: Guests are requested to reach Aranya Nivas before 1.30 pm to board the last boat trip for wildlife watching. Entry to Periyar Sanctuary will be closed by 5.00 pm. Hence please ensure to reach inside the sanctuary before 5.00 pm. Guests of Aranya Nivas are advised to reserve the seats for boating in advance (subject to availability) for various schedules on payment basis.

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