Lake Palace Resort in Thekkady is the most premium and the most expensive hotel of KTDC in Kerala. The Lake Palace Resort is located on an island inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounded by Periyar river. I have visited the hotel last week and the hotel is accessible only by using the boat service, and you get a free up and down boat ride along with the stay.
It is believed that the King of Travancore has constructed his summer house in the middle of the lake, which is presently the Lake Palace Resort and he built Aranya Nivas for his officials. There is one more property which is situated near Aranya Nivas, which is known as Periyar House now and it was constructed for the soldiers of King.
If you are a nature lover and want to experience the real flora and fauna of Periyar Wildlife, KTDC Lake Palace Resort is the best option. The lake palace resort is accessible only by the boat and it is a 20 minutes ride from the boat jetty. Thick trees and lawns surround the hotel. The chirping of birds and sounds from animals will break the silence here.
The hotel building is built in a traditional style with long and open corridors. The hotel has only six luxurious rooms, and Room No. 44 is the most attractive place for everyone because of its prime location having a beautiful and panoramic view of the forest. All rooms are having antique interiors and offer modern facilities. None of the rooms has AC, (Thekkady doesn’t need Air Condition). The wooden beds have carvings on them. The furniture inside the room and corridor have its significances.
All the rooms at Lake Palace will provide a fantastic view of Jungle as well as the lake. Deer, Elephants and wild buffaloes can usually see from here. Lake Palace is an excellent place where you can just relax your stay by watching animals, jungle and the lake. The hotel doesn’t offer any other activities here like swimming pool. The hotel is well maintained with the help of the professional and friendly staff.
So, if you are planning a trip to Thekkady and want to enjoy the real life in the forest, KTDC Lake Palace Resort is the best option. I strongly suggest this place rather than going for any other expensive five star resorts outside the woods. Most of the tourist visiting Thekkady is coming by booking hotels through travel agents or travel websites. None of the travel agents in Kerala are promoting these hidden gems of KTDC Hotels. Only those who do a deep research on Internet are lucky enough to see about this property. This is because the travel agents are getting an enormous amount of money as commission from private hotels and KTDC just provide a 20% discount for them. And I think you are lucky to read this article because you might be a one which falls under the category which I said above.
As I said that the hotel is located on an island inside the forest which is far away from the mainland, the island doesn’t have the electricity supply. The hotel has three generators for providing the power 24×7 without any fail, and the management is handling it well.
Important Information for those who plan to stay at Lake Palace
Access to the hotel is only by boat and entry towards the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is restricted from 5.30 Pm to 6.00 Am. So, if you are staying in any of the KTDC hotels, you have to check-in at 5 Pm and forest rules are strictly followed here.
Facilities Provided at Lake Palace Resort
The hotel doesn’t provide many services. The location and the beautiful nature is the central facility you get, and I am sure that you will not get this ambience anywhere else in Kerala.
In Lake Palace, you get traditional Kerala dishes, Indian as well as Continental delicacies. Their room tariff is included with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. (AP Plan) The service is excellent, and the food is delicious.
2) Ayurveda Therapies
All KTDC Hotels in Thekkady are tied up with Santhigiri Ayurveda, which is famous for their authentic and traditional Ayurvedic Treatments. Guests who are staying at Lake Palace Resort can go for Ayurvedic Treatments, and the treatments are doing in the outlet of Santhigiri at KTDC Aranya Nivas hotel which is near the boat jetty. I have written a detailed article about the Santhigiri Ayurvedic Spa here and the treatments they provide.
Apart from these, the hotel also provides facilities like car rental, laundry, doctor on call, currency exchange, etc.
All KTDC Hotels are located inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and you can feel the forest and nature by staying here. Forest Department, as well as KTDC, is organising so much of activities including the popular boating in Periyar River. Getting a ticket for the boat ride is tough in Thekkady, especially during peak season. You get an assured ticket for the boat safari if you are staying in KTDC Hotels and you don’t need to spend your valuable time by standing in the queue. For those who remain in Lake Palace is already getting a free up and down boat ride, but if you wish to go for an additional boating experience you can contact the front desk, and they can make the arrangements. Please note that the boating ticket is not complimentary. The rate for the boating is Rs.225 per person, and the duration is one and half hours.
The room No. 44 is the most beautiful one out of the six rooms in this resort. It has a huge balcony which offers the best view. The room is priced at Rs. 15,000 to 25,000 depends on the season. All other rooms are available for Rs. 10,000 to 20,000. Seasonal rates are applicable and please refer to the hotel for pricing & availability.
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Lake Palace (KTDC)
Thekkady, Idukki – 685536, Kerala, India
Phone: +91-4869-223887, 223888
E-mail: [email protected]
N.B: This post has been created as part of promoting the KTDC Hotels in Kerala. All views are my own.