One of only two hotels that are actually inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve (the other is the luxurious Lake Palace), Aranya Nivas is a former hunting lodge, now run by the state government, on the periphery of the park, about a three-minute walk from the main gate. Rooms are, at best, average and not particularly atmospheric, but they are functional, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The resort serves good food, with breakfast and lunch included in the tariff, and it has a beer parlor. There are also plenty of activities for kids.
Thekkady, Kerala, 685536, India