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 and guided forest walks enabling you to explore the area to the full and make the most of your time in Tadoba.
There are 12 suites, decorated in warm, natural colours with tribal paintings, local pottery and rugs. The spacious accommodation includes a bedroom, sitting area, modern bathroom and private veranda. Air conditioning keeps the interior cool, and you'll be able to help yourself to a chilled drink from the mini-fridge or make a cup of tea or coffee whenever you wish. Other facilities include TV, safe and phone.
The restaurant specialises in the local Varadi cuisine, which blends spices and soothing coconut to produce flavourful dishes, and also offers other Indian and international cuisine. The Teakhouse is an outdoor dining pavilion with its own tandoor (clay oven), where a bonfire is lit at night. On some evenings slide shows and films are presented here.
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 from mid-October to the end of June, to coincide with the opening dates of 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, 100kms from the lodge, about a 2 hour drive away.
Rooms: There are 12 guest suites, all fully air conditioned and each with a sofa, writing desk and chair, mini-fridge for chilled drinks, tea and coffee maker, TV, IDD 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 customised vehicles and guides. Visitor numbers are limited and safaris should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is closed on Tuesdays, but other activities such as guided walks in the forest and picnics by the lake are available every day.
Facilities: The restaurant serves delicious local, pan-Indian and continental dishes which can be eaten indoors or outside in the gardens in The Teakhouse, an open-sided pavilion.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. 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 Wi-Fi in the lounge, 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 guest’s own, is prohibited.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499