Stayed one night with full board in a deluxe double room for INR 10,000. Booked two exclusive safaris through the resort for the two of us (INR 12,240 in total) plus transfer from the Khatia gate to resort (INR 2,000). All arrangements were made from Australia and were paid in advance, went smoothly and had no problems.
The moment we arrived we felt very welcome and knew the place was going to be special. The resort is in a great location. It is secluded, has lovely grounds and buildings and has a small number of tourists giving it an intimate, relaxing feel. It is located in the forest, with car parking a short walk away from the accommodation, making the resort very quiet.
Rooms are big and comfortable with some lovely little touches - such as snacks, welcome card, plant leaves decorations on soap dishes - and are very well appointed. The resort has a main eating / socializing area that comprises a high roofed open dining room set inside a stand of trees. A lovely place that, at night, gives a romantic feel over a candlelit dinner. Gentle mood lighting completes the scene.
The food is outstanding. Apart from always having coffee, biscuits and snacks on hand the variety, taste and presentation of the main meals is impeccable. With all the guests seated around a single table and the owner a willing and enthusiastic raconteur, it makes for a wonderful dining experience.
What made this resort stand out were the attention to detail, small touches and the welcoming staff.
In all of India it is extremely rare to find a place that leaves nothing to be desired, a place that gets it all right all the time. We will definitely be coming back to stay longer. This is truly a place to come to if you want to relax and be taken care of.
A family run lodge that provides a surprising level of service. The owners really care about you, the environment, and delivering good food and first class accommodation. They provide added value by providing nature walks in the property and down to the river (where there were tiger and otter tracks) and have a detailed knowledge of the fauna and flora that they are prepared to share. A lesson in Indian cookery was a bonus! Tarun drove us on one safari providing an excellent insight into the forest life and increasing our enjoyment of the experience, and Vinod accompanied us on another, providing a level of knowledge that is only possible if you live and breathe a genuine interest in the reserve. There were so many little details that illustrate the care shown by Dimple and her team - welcome cards in the rooms, flower arrangements, home made biscuits and cakes on offer with tea and coffee, welcoming hot or cold towels every time you return to the lodge together with hot or cold drinks - the list goes on. It is best summarised by saying that if I ever visit Kanha reserve again there is no doubt which lodge I will be staying at.
The 3 nights spent at the Kanha Jungle Lodge were a unique experience for us. Apart from the green and lovely surroundings, we were completely charmed by the interesting layout of the lodge - picturesque - as if a part of nature itself, yet with all modern facilities and comfortable rooms; also the meticulous attention paid to every detail of our comfort. Food was excellent, healthy and imaginatively served. And the overall care and warmth given by Dimple, Tarun and indeed entire staff made it all very special. In the course of our 4 safaris, we saw 8 tigers, numerous deer, variety of birds and indeed a huge python and so many other animals and were overwhelmed by the a atmosphere of the jungle, so novel for city bred people.
We were a party of 5, all very senior citizens- 3 school friends from the 1950s, a sister of one and a spouse of another. We flew into Raipur from Delhi, and were picked up in an Innova car to take us on the 4 hour drive to the Jungle Lodge.Very pretty road. Turning into the gate of the Jungle Lodge and stopping under the mahua tree we had no idea of the wonderful ambience we were walking up to. The winding cowdung washed path leads you to unbelievable surroundings. A square tiled gazebo on the left to sit and read magazines, a little cute temple on the right, and a large circular thatched open room for all seasons and all activities, with maps and charts about the tiger reserve. The cottages we were led to were charming, with all facilities, and indeed were luxurious.We were most appreciative of the little touches done by Dimple, to welcome us to the room. The bathroom was most comfortable, and the bed.. ah such a delight to sink into after a bumpy safari!! Dimple and Tarun are truly hospitable and take extra care to look after the guests .. they go the extra mile so that we felt pampered beyond belief. Every little concern was attended to pronto. And they fed us.. how they fed us!!!!.. the food was superb, such a variety of dishes at every meal and all beautifully arranged, the dining table colorfully and elegantly laid out. The different breads all made in-house, the range of salads and soups, the variety of main dishes and the desserts, all mouth watering and all destined to make on put on weight!!! The chefs are culinary geniuses and Dimple is an expert at making up menus. And all of the staff were most attentive and helpful. A torn bag was instantly stitched by the in-house tailor!
Mr Vinod, the naturalist guide, and Tarun, are extremely knowledgeable guides , who took us on the safaris into the tiger reserve, explaining about all the animals and the trees and other flora, and the birds . We were extremely fortunate to see tigers on 3 of our 4 safaris. The breakfasts that are beautifully packed for our morning safaris are wholesome, tasty and very filling. And we always returned after every safari to cold/hot natural drinks and more tit-bits. This is not a place to visit if you are on a diet!!!
We were happy to meet the volunteer naturalist, James.
A walk down to the Bangar River is a lesson in wildflowers and insects given by Dimple.
Every guest is made most welcome, and even coddled... we have rarely seen such hospitality. Sitting and dining under the stars, the tranquillity and silence except for morning birdsong is a memory to treasure.
On the whole this was an experience way beyond our wildest dreams and expectations. It was absolutely SUPER and all of us in the group were most delighted with this trip , in every way possible.
Thank you Dimple and Tarun, and Vinod, and all the staff in the Jungle Lodge, and Radhika , masterminding everything from Delhi.
We had a sublime time.
We cannot recommend this jungle lodge except in superlative terms.
It's not "luxurious", but hey, it's in the middle of the forest, and it can certainly be classified as idyllic. Understated luxury at affordable pricing would be a good description. In mid-May, we had the place almost to ourselves, and were well looked after. The resident naturalists give great game drives into the park - and, unlike parks in Africa, the drives are long - 6 hours in the morning and 3 in the late afternoon. To avoid too many jeeps in one place, the park management specify which of 3 regions each drive takes place in - so, with different regions each time, over 2 days you get to see a lot of variety. There are 35,000 deer, so they're spotted without any problem, but only about 100 tigers - but we saw several, and understand that most people get lucky. We also saw bears, bison, monkeys and much else. It's uncrowded and a fabulous experience - you need 2 days and 3 nights to do it properly.
The lodge provides excellent food for lunch and dinner, and also sends a packed breakfast out with the morning game drive - it's quite impressive setting out breakfast with tablecloth and all at a dining hall in the middle of the park!
Everything about this lodge and Kanha park is to be recommended.