Svasara Jungle Lodge is set in several acres of grounds adjacent to Tadoba National Park, one of India's best tiger spotting locations. The lodge offers twice-daily jeep safaris to make the most of your time in Tadoba.
There are 12 suites, each with a sitting area, modern bathroom and private veranda. The rooms are quite simple and nicely decorated, in keeping with a wildlife lodge. There’s aircon, a mini-fridge and tea and coffee facilities in the room as well as a safe and phone.
The restaurant specialises in the local Varadi cuisine, which blends spices and coconut to produce flavorsome dishes. On some evenings dinner will be themed on a different cuisine from other parts of India such as Punjabi, Mughlai or Kashmiri. Other Indian and international cuisine is also served.
The Teakhouse is an outdoor dining pavilion with its own tandoor (clay oven), where a bonfire is lit at night. On most evenings slide shows and films are presented here just before dinner.
There is a small spa and swimming pool which is a great place to spend some time between your game drives.
The lodge welcomes families and has games and arts and crafts products for children. There's a shop on site where you can buy locally-made items which make great gifts and souvenirs.
Open: Svasara Jungle Lodge is open all year as is Tadoba National Park.
Location: The lodge is 300 metres from the Kolara Gate at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve which comprises Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The nearest airport is at Nagpur, 100 kms from the lodge, about a 2-hour drive away.
Rooms: There are 12 guest suites, all fully air conditioned and each with a small seating area, writing desk and chair, mini-fridge for chilled drinks, tea and coffee maker, TV, international dial phone and safe. Locally produced textiles, pottery and paintings add character. The bathroom has a shower, hand basin and flush toilet, a full range of toiletries and 24 hour hot and cold running water. Outside each suite has its own private veranda with seating. Room service is available for private dining.
Activities: The lodge provides morning and afternoon jeep safaris within the park, with drinking water and snacks included, using their own guides. Visitor numbers are limited and safaris should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is open every day. As well as tigers, in Tadoba there are chances to see sloth bear, gaur, blue bull, Indian wild dog and leopard.
Facilities: The restaurant serves delicious local, pan-Indian and continental dishes. The Teakhouse is an open-sided pavilion used for evening dining. There's also an outdoor tandoor, open air cinema and bonfire. The lodge's grounds extend for 10 acres. There is a guest lounge near the reception area. The shop sells local handicrafts. There's a small spa and swimming pool. The lodge has a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant and at large tables in the Teakhouse in the garden.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The lodge has a selection of toys and games. Extra beds can be placed in suites (at an additional charge), and there are some interconnecting suites.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access and WiFi in the lounge by the reception, and some mobile coverage.
Notes: Svasara Jungle Lodge accepts Visa and MasterCard.
The district of Chandrapur, which includes Tadoba, was declared a "dry district" in April 2015, and the consumption and possession of alcohol, even the guests own, is prohibited.
"This is a rustic lodge without any glitz. The people were a delight and you felt very welcome. Rooms were very clean and spacious. Wi-Fi is available in the reception area and they have a good library. The guides are excellent. Food could have been a bit more imaginative but was quite satisfactory."