Kanha Jungle Lodge is ideally placed for exploring the national park and tiger reserve, with the entrance just a kilometre away. The lodge is part of the Tiger Resort group, which includes Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, and is managed by a committed and enthusiastic naturalist and has guides of the highest quality.
The accommodation at Kanha Jungle Lodge is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room to relax, and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water. All rooms have access to outside seating areas with views of the forest.
The focus of your stay is the national park. Safaris take place twice a day, in the early morning and late afternoon, in open-sided jeeps accompanied by a naturalist guide from the lodge. Kanha has varied terrain including large areas of sal and bamboo forest, as well as open meadows. Tigers are the main attraction, the largest of the big cats is a prized sighting and one to be treasured. Other wildlife frequently seen includes sloth bear, jackal, hyena, gaur and several species of deer including the Barasingha (swamp deer), which at one stage faced extinction but now thrives in Kanha. It is also possible to take an elephant-back safari, subject to availability as deemed by the park authorities.
The middle part of the day is spent unwinding at the lodge, enjoying the company of fellow guests. During your stay you also have time to walk in the lodge's grounds with a guide spotting birds, butterflies, monkeys and flying squirrels and maybe seeing elephants by the river. Lodge staff arrange various activities such as cookery classes and you can take a trip to the local community to see village houses and scenes of everyday life. Breakfast, usually served during your morning game drive, lunch and dinner are included in your stay with a choice of Indian and international dishes.
Open: Kanha Jungle Lodge is open from mid-October to mid-June each year.
Location: The lodge is in 3.5 hectares of forested grounds just 1 km from the Mukki entrance to Kanha National Park. The nearest airports are at Jabalpur 176 kms away, and Nagpur 270 kms away.
Rooms: There are 18 rooms and 2 cottages, all en-suite with full running water and a supply of toiletries. Bedrooms have writing desks and chairs and plenty of storage space. The rooms have shared outdoor seating areas. Cottages are the deluxe option and have private rear patios. Hot water bottles are provided on cool nights.
Activities: Take morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Kanha National Park with one of the lodge's naturalist guides. Morning safaris include a bush breakfast. It is also possible to take an elephant-back safari, subject to availability. Go for nature walks with a guide in the lodge's grounds which are largely given over to the sal forest, where you can see birds and butterflies. You can also take a tour of the organic produce garden and the medicinal plant garden. Watch flying squirrels in the gardens, which usually put on an aerial display just before 7 each evening and after dark you can enjoy star gazing. It's possible to visit the local village, school and market with a guide from the lodge.
Facilities: The social core of the lodge is the thatched dining and lounge area. Outside there's a terrace for alfresco dining. The lodge's courtyard acts as a gathering place where you can chat to other guests, has a hammock for lazing and is a good spot for star gazing by night. The library has a collection of books you're welcome to look through. The gift shop stocks a range of items including clothes and books.
Dining: Meals are served in the dining room and on the terrace. Both Indian and western dishes are served. The lodge has an organic vegetable garden which provides much of the fresh produce used to create the meals.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are age limits on certain activities.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is no internet access.
"Can't praise this venue too highly - amazing cottage, delightful family managing the Lodge and beautifully designed surroundings. Good service and guests arranged for best social gatherings. Met some great people here and all felt the same as we do. The Lodge deserves to succeed (we hear they are building another one near Pench)."