Kanha Jungle Lodge is located in the vicinity of its namesake national park in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Two independent villas and 18 cottages at the lodge are on offer as accommodation here. All accommodation units feature private balconies, where you may relax and gaze endlessly at lush forests. The units come with the option of single, twin or king-size double beds, depending on your requirement. The rooms and cottages have big windows by the beds for you to lie down and observe what goes on around the area. Attached bathrooms with hot and cold water, and showers are provided in each cottage and room. The bathrooms too have large windows for you to look at the beautiful scenery of the lodge and the jungle.
Environment conservation is among the foremost aims of the management of the property, and it claims that no trees were cut during its construction process. The premises have a variety of plants and trees, which become natural nesting paradises for hordes of butterflies and birds. Kanha Jungle Lodge has been constructed in such a way that one room has a tree growing through it, making it look more like a tree house. A large circular gazebo with thatched roof serves as the common dining hall. Savour hot and delicious Continental and Indian dishes with other guests in the gazebo. You may also relish your meals on tables kept in the open in the middle of thick Sal forests. The chirping and twittering sounds of birds will be the natural music for you to listen to, while you eat and drink. In the centre of the lodge campus there is a spacious courtyard to relax during the day and to enjoy a bright bonfire in the evening.
Get a book and read it, while laying and resting on the hammock in the courtyard. As the sky begins to don the dark veil of night, gaze at the uncountable stars that light it up. An experienced astronomer will educate you about what stars and constellations are visible from here. Following this wonderful and informative session, get a chance to get a closer look at celestial bodies through a quality telescope and just admire mother nature. You can make your stay here better by taking cooking classes on regional cuisine, and in the art of draping the sari as the locals do it. Solar panels provide all the electricity here and much of the cooking is done on solar cookers. The campus also has a garden of medicinal plants and its own farms, where natural fertilisers are used to grow food. A wildlife safari at Kanha is the best activity to engage in while you are staying at this property. Kanha National Park, which the establishment is located near to, is inhabited by a number of animals and birds.
Duration: 2 Nights / 3 Days
Location: Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Best Time to go: October to June
How to reach?
You may come by train till Gondia, which is 123 km from the reserve, but a better choice would be to book train to Jabalpur. The latter city is located at an approximate distance of 129 km from the national park, and trains to here are available from across India. From Gondia, a drive of about 2 hours will get you here, while from Jabalpur, you will need to drive for around 2 hours 15 minutes, approximately.
You may come by flights from many Indian destinations to Jabalpur. For an even better air connectivity, book flights to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport or Swami Vivekananda Airport. The former is in Nagpur, about 250 km away while the latter is in Raipur, located roughly 273 km from the park. Both the above-mentioned air transit points can be reached from Mumbai and New Delhi, easily.
Kanha National Park opens its gates for tourists on October 15th and closes them on June 30th, every year. The peak season for tourism here, which is governed by the climate of Central India, is between October and March. Most wildlife enthusiasts choose to come here to take a wildlife safari at Kanha between the months of November and March as the passing monsoons make the forests lush and the reservoirs overflowing with water.