Diphlu River Lodge

India

  • Lovely location on the opposite side of Diphlu River to Kaziranga N.P.
  • Excellent quality small lodge (just 12 stilted rooms) from which to explore Kaziranga.
  • The lodge has its own team of naturalist guides.
  • Jeep safaris to search for great one-horned rhinos, and three species you won’t find in central India parks: wild elephants, gibbons and giant hornbills. As an added bonus, there are Bengal tigers.
  • Excellent birding in the park, with over 470 species.
  • If it was good enough for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2016 …

Open: All year, though most international visitors tend only to stay when the park is open, from November to the end of April (can vary depending on the rains).

Location: Diphlu overlooks Kaziranga National Park at the other side of the river. It is just a 10 minute drive west of the western park gate, or about 25 minutes from the central gate. It is just off the main road going past the park, but this is rarely noisy at night.
To get here, you fly to Guwahati airport (from Delhi or Calcutta) then drive east for about 5 hours. Alternatively, fly to Jorhat Airport then drive 2½ hours west , or fly to Dibrugar airport and drive 3½ hours west. The last two options are less reliable options due to the airlines that fly here being more prone to cancellations.

Rooms: There are 12 stilted rooms, including two that interconnect for families. They are quite rustic – made from wood, bamboo and thatch on a concrete frame - but very comfortable, with aircon and ceiling fans, a fridge with cold drinks, kettle and tea/coffee, safe, and an en-suite bathroom with an excellent walk-in shower. Each room has a verandah either looking over the river or the central area which is often planted as a rice paddy.

Activities: Game-viewing in Kaziranga National Park (open roughly November to April – can fluctuate with the rains). Boat rides on the Diphlu River to spot Gangetic dolphins.

Facilities: The main restaurant is indoors (air-conditioned), but there is also restaurant /bar/lounge area with lovely views over to the park. There is a ‘machan’ seating area too. They have a good team of naturalist guides.

Dining: This lodge is usually sold on a full board basis. Meals are mostly buffet service. There is a good mix of Indian and European dishes so most people will find something they like. The meals are good quality, though since they mostly cater for a western clientele the ‘spicy’ dishes are not as spicy as you might expect.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wifi in the bar/lounge area. Mobile signal is fine here.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

We spent three nights at this lovely lodge. It is comfortable, with all you need and has a homely feel to it which is helped by the friendly staff. Sitting in the bar that overlooks the Diphlu River to the park, a drink in hand, you feel close to the nature you’ve come to visit, despite the main road being at the other side of the lodge (it’s quiet at night). The food was good, though I sometimes wished they’d not taken as much of the spice and flavours out of the Indian dishes, presumably in a bid to tempt western palates. The naturalist guide we got was great and he ensured we saw all the key species while here – all except tigers, which we missed by 10 minutes on two days running! Sadly, the jeeps are not that comfortable, but there’s nothing the lodge can do about that as all lodges must hire them (with drivers) from the jeep association at the park.

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