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Kings Lodge

Central Reserves

Rating: Mid-range    

Kings Lodge overview

Surrounded by Sal forest, Kings Lodge is located on a twelve acre estate about ten minutes drive from the main entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. There are a total of 18 light and spacious rooms, 8 of them raised up on stilts, and all are equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms with bathtubs. Each room has a large open veranda where you can enjoy views over the grassland and forest.

The central dining area serves both Indian and western meals, with a fireplace for cool nights. The lodge is also equipped with a swimming pool, library and watchtower. The lodge has been designed to blend into the local architecture, and is decorated with tribal arts. The wooden furnishings are fittings are made from recycled wood or driftwood.


Open:  Kings Lodge is open from 15th October to 30th June, to coincide with the opening dates of Bandhavgarh National Park.  

Location:  Kings Lodge is set in 8 acres of forest a 10 minute drive from the Tala gate of Banhavgarh National Park. The nearest railway stations are Umaria (34kms) and Katni (95kms). The nearest airport is Jabalpur, about a 4 hour drive from the lodge   

Rooms:  There are 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with 24 hour hot and cold water. All 18 rooms are air conditioned and have large verandas or balconies with views of the forest.

Activities:  Morning and late afternoon jeep safaris and elephant-back safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park, guided bird watching tours, walking and cycling. The lodge can arrange visits to Ranthambore Fort and visits to local villages.

Facilities:  There is a dining hall with a fireplace overlooking the wild grasslands. Kings Lodge offers multi-cuisine meals. The lodge has a small library and a watch tower. There is an informal outdoor seating area, a popular place to enjoy a sundowner or an al fresco meal. There is a swimming pool and sundeck. A massage service is available on request. There are 12 acres of sal forest to be explored.

Dining:  Meals are taken communally.

Children:  Children are welcome.  

Health:  We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication:  There is no internet access. 

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Mrs. Pauline Leys (22/05/2015)

"Food was great"

Mr Trevor Wood (11/03/2015)
"We probably had the best lodge in the place! Many are so surrounded by tall bamboo that they have no view at all. Ours had an open aspect with a wonderful flame of the forest tree in full bloom and teeming with beautiful birds right in front of us. Food good but little variation."
Mrs. Paula Carter (05/03/2015)
"Very good food, lovely staff, couldn't have been better. Bungalows were lovely."
Mr. Rodney Sanderson (03/11/2012)
"Interesting accomodation, staff really friendly so helpful with my meals (Coeliac), they had a Dawli celebration for us and staff with priest and fireworks which was quite scary  but very enjoyable. Nice group of people there and we saw a tiger so that made it more memorable."

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