Our family of three adults stayed in two separate large suites at the Palace Kawardha. The rooms were comfortable and equipped as one would expect for a 20th century colonial Palace. The public areas and marbled verandahs of the Palace were impressive and cool drinks served by the Palace staff after a day of sightseeing were a pleasure. Maharaja Yogeshwar Raj Singh and his wife had dinner with us each night and regaled us with stories about the Palace, their families, the sights in the area and Indian politics. The Maharaja also provided cocktails around a campfire in the garden one evening and arranged for a local dance troop to perform in the Palace courtyard on another evening. Near the Palace are the 10th century Bhoramdeo Temple, dedicated to Shiva and known for Khajuraho type carvings, and local markets and rural villages which give ample opportunity to observe and photograph the fascinating Baiga tribe, which is noted for the intricate tattooing of women's faces, arms, legs, etc. The local people are friendly and inviting and welcome visitors who want to learn about traditional rural Indian and tribal life. The area around the Palace is well worth a few days of sightseeing and the Palace Kawardha is the place to stay and unwind after this sightseeing.
If you have done the Golden Triangle or want to experience what authentic rural India is like, after 25 trips all over India, I recommend Chhattishgarh where the REAL India still lives! We have been there 4 times and will certainly return again! One of my recommendations for a wonderful place to stay is Palace Kawardha, which is 2 to 3 hours West Northwest of Raipur. The hotel is the royal palace built in the 1930s with wide verandas, large rooms, and modern marble bathrooms with sunken tubs. Some rooms have private terraces; others open onto the large terraces that stretch across the front of the palace. Delicious food is served in the grand dining room or cooked outside in the gardens on fires like in the villagers do. Drinks before dinner are served in the Zebra Room, an art deco salon with striped marble floors. Since Kawardha is in tribal country, the Maharaja will take you to visit villages, attend a Mela, visit a lake with many birds, explore the fabulous very old fully carved temple nearby and see his new Jaggery factory at dusk (which is amazing to see in action). Tribal dancing in full costume and head gear is presented at the Palace and can be seen at various gatherings. Here you will get a real sense of what authentic old India still is. Kawardha is also the Chhattishgarh gateway to the eastern gates of Kanha wildlife park so after you have visited Kanker & Jabalpur in the south Kawardha is a great place to visit on your way to seeing tigers in Kanha. The Maharaja & Maharani will assist in making those plans by email before you arrive. I suggest a minimum of three nights.
Arriving at this beautiful and remote palace, the first impression is that we are welcomed as if old friends. The rooms are palatial, with marble everywhere. The host and hostess are greatly personable and are very keen to show off the many aspects of the palace, the town and the local district. Being in a Baigha Tribal area, visits to the villages are fascinating, and the Bhoromdeo temple a real find. There is so much more, even just walking in the town and seeing local people in their daily tasks gives a much more real idea of rural India than many of the over-visited places on the tourist trail. I will have to go back.
This is a gem of a property nestled within the beautiful Maikal hills and forests. The palace belongs to the royals of the former princely state of Kawardha. A beautiful imposing building set in a peaceful little town barely touched by the chaos and pollution of other tourist hotspots in India. The surrounding forests and hills have an air of old mystery about them - they give you the feeling that you are right in the middle of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle book - the heart of India. There is plenty to see and experience - picnics among the ruins of the temple of Bhoromdev, exploring the Bhoromdev wildlife sanctuary and every sight and scene is photo-worthy. Our stay at the palace itself was very comforfable and the warm hospitality made one feel right at home. We were served some excellent food, staff was welcoming and the Baiga tribal dance was fun.
A must visit place for the off-beat traveller. A wonderful experience.
wow palace kawardha best place ever to be an feel like a royal family and the best part is wht i call heaven is this palace kawardha. and guys i would like to add that food is beautiful an i never belived it untill i saw for my self the palace queen her self personally makes food an me beeing fron NZ i have to watch my stomack but i can trust my self eating my meals in the palace weather it be breakfast,lunck,or dinner its all made with sepcial care an cleandness and that is wht i like unlike NZ always having to rush rush an fullup life but hear its the best holidays i have ever had or will ever have what suprised me was the picnic lunch they have its the best and all those beautiful places they took us me an my wife wer in heaven like i said and then to cap its all that was still not enough we came back to the palace where they was again another suprise for me an my wife the baba-Q I couldent belive my eyes for a min and its was beautiful with the best drinks and to put it all together the most of it all is we wer actually with a royal family which was a pleasure for me an my wife they beeing our host was the best thing happned in this holiday and again mind blowing the staff is so active and well behaved and they no english we wer suprised on hearing that from the staff the property is the best in the hole of the area the rooms are well done and service was 24/7 by us we wer happy an i am happier that my wife was the one who enjoyed her self the most the reason being back home NZ we dont have all this kinda of things its juss to bussy an working any way all reading this review please uyou need to go for your self an see and you will never regreat it
lots of love to all in the palace
and thank you people for reading my review