Aranya Nivas

Thekkady - Kumily - Kerala

Aranya Nivas

Aranya Nivas by the side of the placid Periyar Lake in Thekkady, Kerala, India 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 India. Thekkady is the central point of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of the best-managed tiger reserves in India. 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. 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.

It is just 0.6 mi from both the Periyar Wildlife Reserve and Periyar Boating Point. The Grape Garden is 19 mi away while the Chellar Kovil Water Falls is 37 mi away. The Kumily Bus Station is 2.5 mi, Kottayam Railway Station stands 68 mi and the Cochin International Airport is 112 mi away.

Aranya Nivas


  • Wildlife boat cruises on the Periyar Lake
  • Boating on the Periyar Lake enables visitors to have a close look at the wildlife that inhabits the surrounding forests. Groups of elephant, wild boar, bison and sambar can be seen moving along the banks skirting the forest. And water birds, perched on tree stumps with their wings spread present a delightful sight while boating.

  • Nature walk and Green walk
  • This is a 3-hour daytime trekking in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Bamboo rafting
  • A full-day rafting and trekking programme managed by the local tribal community.

  • Border hiking
  • A full-day trekking programme to the borders of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Jungle Patrol
  • A 3-hour night-time trekking programme inside the wildlife sanctuary.

  • Windy walk
  • A predominantly open area, full-day trekking programme inside the sanctuary through grasslands and shola forests

  • Cloud's walk
  • A full-day trekking through the borders of the forest and plantations which offers panoramic views of the landscape.

  • Range scan
  • Trekking through inter-state forest boundary predominantly mountainous with higher probability of viewing wildlife. Outside the property


  • Ayurveda therapies
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Handicrafts emporium
  • Travel assistance
  • Car hire
  • Laundry
  • Doctor-on-call
  • Currency exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Room Service
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