Kanha Earth Lodge is set in 6 hectares of forest well away from other lodges but only a few miles from the entrance to Kanha National Park. The self contained bungalows are built in local tribal style but with modern amenities and comforts such as ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning.
The 12 bungalows are open fronted and all have a spacious veranda where you can sit back at enjoy views into the forest. They are rustic, built from local stone, wood and tiles, yet deluxe in decor and furnishings, so despite the rural location you can enjoy creature comforts such as air conditioning, 24-hour electricity and full running water.
The main lodge building houses the large dining hall, lounge, library/presentation room and shop. Meals are based on locally grown and sourced produce, with many ingredients grown in the kitchen garden. The lodge also works closely with local villages and manages a village garden scheme, which provides much of the remaining fresh produce. Lodge staff visit local village markets each week and guests are welcome to go along to share the experience. Visits to local villages with guides from the lodge are also encouraged.
Kanha Earth Lodge offers early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris in Kanha National Park, home not just to tigers but to a wide varierty of animals including sambar deer, wild dogs, jackals and langur monkeys. Other activities available include nature walks, forest cycling and bird watching walks, all conducted by the lodge's naturalist guides. After game viewing guests can relax on their own veranda with a cool drink or enjoy a swim in the infinity pool, with its views of the forest beyond.
Open: Kanha Earth Lodge is open to coincide with the opening dates of Kanha National Park, usually 15th October to 30th June.
Location: Kanha Earth Lodge is located just outside the national park. It is set in over 6 hectares of forest about a 30-minute drive from the Khatia / Kisli park gate. The nearest airports are at Jabalpur, a 3-4 hour drive, Raipur, a 5 hour drive, and Nagpur, a 6 hour drive away. Charter flights can land at Birwa airstrip 35kms from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 12 bungalows each with an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing room and a large open verandas. Cottages are air conditioned and have a ceiling fan. There is round-the-clock electricity.
Activities: Take early morning and late afternoon open jeep safaris in Kanha National Park, join ornithological and nature walks in the lodge grounds, and tour the lodge's kitchen gardens. There are bikes for exploring the surronding area, and staff can arrange visits to Gond tribal villages, workshops and weekly produce markets. The lodge has resident naturalists who lead wildlife activities.
Facilities: The main lodge houses the dining hall, lounge, library-naturalist presentation room, and gift shop. There is an outdoor swimming pool. The lodge serves Indian and international dishes using locally sourced ingredients. There are barbecue areas and terraces. There is also a tree hide.
Dining: Meals are taken communally indoors and outdoors. The lodge offers both Indan and international dishes.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome at Kanha Earth Lodge.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is no internet access.
This is the best chance you will have to see tigers in their natural environment!
"Although the busiest park, the lodge is situated far enough away from the entrance to give you a peaceful feel. Our naturalist guide (Harpreet) was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the park and it's animals. Food was great, main lodge building was well stocked and the lodge had the best pool. Another plus here were the films and presentations in the evenings before dinner."