Kanha Earth Lodge is set in 16 acres 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 with views into the forest. They are rustic, built from local stone, wood and tiles, yet deluxe in decor and furnishing. The main lodge building houses the large dining hall, lounge, library/presentation room and shop. Meals are based on locally grown and sourced produce. Both Indian and international dishes are offered. The lodge works closely with local villages and manages a village garden scheme, which provides the lodge with many of its supplies. Lodge staff visit local village markets each week and guests are welcome to go along to these to experience local village life. Visits to local villages 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 sambhar deer, wild dogs, jackals and langurs. Other activities available include nature walks, forest cycling and bird watching walks, all conducted by the lodge's naturalist guides. There are hides in the extensive grounds where guests can observe wildlife. 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 16 acres of forest near the Khatia / Kisli park gate. The nearest airports are at Nagpur and Jabalpur. Charter flights can land at Birwa airstrip 35kms from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 12 bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, a dressing room and large open verandas. Cottages are air conditioned and have a ceiling fan.
Activities: Early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris in Kanha National Park, bird walks and nature trails in the lodge grounds, cycling, visits to tribal villages and markets. The lodge also offers elephant back safaris, though these cannot be guaranteed and must be paid for locally. The lodge has resident naturalists who lead wildlife activities.
Facilities: The main lodge houses the dining hall, a bar, a library / presentation room and office / eco shop. There is an infinity 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.
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."