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Kanha Jungle Lodge
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Delft, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
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“It was great!!!”
Reviewed 25 May 2011

We had a wonderfull time at Kanha Jungle Lodge. We enjoyed any minute. The food was exellent, the staff was very friendly and helpfull. We enjoyed all our meals together with the manager and his wife. They were very kind and made it a perfect time for us. Kanha N.P. - gate is just a few minutes from the lodge so you can have an early start for the safari's. We had a great time. We did see tigers, leopards and even a sloth-bear and a lot of other animals.
We will like to come again for a longer stay!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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swindon
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

Stayed 4 nights at this lodge, and were lucky enough to be given one of the large rooms. Very spacious, with a large mobile A/C unit and a fan ensuring comfortable temperatures at night. All the windows have insect proof netting across them , so you can also leave your windows open at night.
Food was very good, a mix of table service and buffet, and the overall service was good. There are a couple of walks through the "jungle" down to the river, and these are very welcome to stretch the legs after many hours in jeeps and transfer vehicles!
Our guides/naturalists.drivers were Alaam and Mahesh, and they were both excellent.
The overall experience was somewhat spoilt by the fact that, unknown to us, we had chosen the start of the Indian holiday season, and the Park was therefore absolutely packed (150 jeeps are alowed in per day, and many people were turned away). On one morning the overly officious Senior Ranger decided he wanted to see ID from everyone queuing up to go in. This meant a high speed drive back to the lodge to get our passports, and over 40 minutes game viewing lost (we were also detained for 20 minutes once as they had "mislaid" our entry papers). Because of the masses of jeeps trying to get in, it was necessary to get to the gate at least 30 minutes before it opened, and wait in the darkness. There are no guidelines on which route the drivers take once in the Park, and often it becomes a bit of a procession towards an area where previous sighting had occurred. The lodge is situated quite close to the "quieter" of the 2 Park entrances, Mukki Gate (50 jeeps allowed in this gate) but lots of the jeeps from the busier gate (Kishli) drove straight over to our area, and we sometimes found ourselves in amongst more than 25 other jeeps (the occupants of which were not always as quiet as they should have been!)
Wildlife sightings for us were not spectacular (one tiger seen from the back of an elephant during the "tiger show", and one rear end disappearing in to the bush). No leopard or sloth bears were seen, but we did have excellent and prolonged views of a couple of wild dogs(dhole) which made up somewhat for the lack of stripey action.
Overall, we would be happy to stay at this lodge if we return to Kanha, but would not go anywhere near there in April!

Eric

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

We enjoyed our stay at Kanha. While the rooms are spartan and the beds a bit hard, they are quiet and you get a good rest. And that's a good thing because you want to be in the Park at first light to enjoy the forest and look for tigers and birds. Our naturalist, Mahess, was outstanding. The food is very good and served at the table not buffet.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2011

This was a nice lodge, run by a nice couple. The rooms were clean, but I thought the beds were incredibly hard, it took a few nights to get used to them. The food was good and they catered for vegetarians well. I would stay at this lodge again if I visited Kanha. The driver is provided by the lodge and was very good at tracking Tigers. You share your jeep with the party you came with, not other visitors, so that is nice. We had a couple of drives with the lodge's naturalist Mahesh, he was superb at tracking, ask for him if you go. The Tiger show (elephant rides) are included in the price you pay to stay in the lodge, so that was great. All in all we stayed for 4 nights and had 3 Tiger sightings, 2 by Jeep, 1 by elephant. Here it felt like a truly wild encounter - Superb!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2011

I felt as if I had entered a magical part of the world, Jungle Lodge is a beautiful traditional residence run by a Husband and Wife, together they make you very welcome and feel part of their family, Myself being a female had chosen to travel with a group but had opted to stay a further two nights after they left. Any anxieties I had of being on my own had soon disappeared. Dimple the managers wife made sure I didn't feel alone, Her passion to make sure that Tiger lodge is run as a friendly caring place to a very high standard, the Indian Cruisine has been put together by Dimple herself who has had a recipe book published for guests to purchase. My sightings of a Tiger were magnifisicant! One being achieved on an Elephant ride. Jungle Lodge is most definately India's best kept secret! I will most definately be going back for more!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Additional Information about Kanha Jungle Lodge

Property: Kanha Jungle Lodge
Address: Kanha National Park 481111, India (Formerly WelcomHeritage Kanha Jungle Lodge)
Region: India > Madhya Pradesh > Kanha National Park
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Kanha National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,900 - ₹ 14,060
Hotel Class:3 star — Kanha Jungle Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kanha Jungle Lodge. Access: • Jabalpur Airport (200 Km) • Nagpur Airport (270 Km) • Gondia Railway Station (125 Km) • Bandhavgarh (280 Km)Located at Mukki (in Balaghat District) amidst the Sal forests, the lodge is about one kilometer from Kanha National Park’s Mukki entrance. The Lodge has 18 spacious double–bed rooms and two independent deluxe cottages, overlooking the lush green forest. A spacious thatched dining room serving home cooked Indian food and Continental cuisines, becomes the center point of activities like lectures, star gazing and cookery classes. Kanha Jungle Lodge provides a professional resident naturalist, an extensive library with wildlife books and magazine. Laundry services and recreational activities are also available – Jungle safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, bird watching nature or village walks, elephant baths by the river and visits to the weekly market, village or schools. Tribal dances and bar-be-que dinners around a campfire are some of the surprises in store for you! ... more   less 
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