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“Amazing hidden treasure in the forest”
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Kanha Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

The Kanha Jungle Lodge, tucked off the main road near the Mukki gate entrance to Kanha Reserve and very near the river, is a remarkable family-run lodge, where even the 7 year old son is a knowledgable wildlife guide. The personal warm welcome and constant presence/attention of the family were complemented by the other attentive staff. One day the father drove our jeep round with the son as a 'game spotter' and we learnt an enormous amount more than usual about the reserve and the wildlife. When we left after four days we felt we were leaving friends.
The lush grounds are gorgeous, with a flying squirrel as entertainment every evening and a welcome fire pit on the terrace. The food (buffet lunch and dinner) is quite stunning and varied every day, with cookery classes offered (at least to tour groups), while drinks and nibbles were offered on return from safaris. Some semi-European style dishes were offered to fellow travellers who could not eat spices, but basically this was Indian family/regional cuisine at its best. Packed breakfasts to eat in the Reserve were similarly varied and delicious. Supplies of cold Kingfisher beer were topped up in a shopping expedition to town when they realised we were about to drink them dry.
Beside the outside terrace for lunch and tiffin, the open sided rondavel has casual seating and wildlife books to peruse, a small bar (open 24/24 if you have the energy) and the restaurant area for dinner, as well as both fixed and mobile wood fires.
Accommodation is in a row of simple rooms with twin beds, albeit both small double bed size. The major problem (in a period of unusual severe cold) was lack of heating in the rooms and lack of hot water in the mornings - the water is heated only at lunch time and during the 'cocktail hour' but then runs out again later in the evening. Hot water bottles were put in the beds during dinner (and issued on departure to the reserve early mornings) and were essential. The usual hot towels were issued on return.
The small shop has a wonderful range of ethically sourced and attractive local handicrafts/souvenirs, books and useful fleeces and scarves/pashminas, all at very affordable prices.
All in all, it was an extremely pleasant and memorable - even unique - experience.
I cannot comment on the price since it was part of a package tour.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I have just heard it in stories that there is heaven on earth and that too in the middle of a Jungle in the "Adivasi" (tribal) areas of Madhya Pradesh, India. But after a long Journey (Delhi-Jabalpur by an ATR flight and then by Road to Balaghat District with not so good roads), I found myself at Kanha Jungle Lodge. This is probably the closest to Mukki Gate of Kanha Forest. The journey was tiring but the moment we entered the Lodge amidst the dense Sal forests, I was mesmerized. I forgot the long journey. It was very refreshing. Best part: Tarun and Dimple Bhati (the couple which takes care of this place) were out to welcome the guests including us. Never in my life I have seen such good hospitality and personal care. The rooms were comfortable and devoid of any distraction from the key aim that was "The Jungle". From food to the upkeep to the personal attention - I shall not complain about anything. My expectations were less and therefore what I got there was too overwhelming and wonderful.

We spent three nights there and when I was leaving the Lodge, I made a promise to myself...I won't mind coming there again. Highly recommended place and mostly because of both Tarun and Dimple Bhati.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

When we first arrived, the place looked very pretty and was great as we were sent straight on short a drive (we were late due to our train) but very disappointed as when we got back we felt we were left in the lurch as no one actually greeted us or gave us any guidance whatsoever. It turned out that we had actually seen the manager but he didn't even introduce himself or tell us what would be happening and speaking to him later he came across quite abrupt and rude (maybe it was just us as later noticed he seemed fine with everyone else!) To completely counteract that however, his wife Dimple was lovely, welcoming and very helpful beyond the call of duty. (even arranging to get me thermals as we hadn't realised how freezing it was in the mornings!) The manager (i still don't know his name!) was later a bit nicer to us but it was just a shame that the initial impression was so poor. Also, after having stayed at another lodge straight after, where there was very much a group feeling and everyone sat round together with the guides and the emphasis was on the drives and seeing the tigers, i would say this was more treated like a hotel which for us wasn't as good. The surroundings at the lodge were lovely though and the service in general was very good and efficient just mainly quite formal.
Our guide Vinay was great and very sweet and helpful, unfortunately we had a very disappointing couple of days with regards to viewing tigers but that certainly wasn't anyone's fault but just bad luck.
Most of all I have to say the food was amazing, for lunch and dinner we had a very varied buffet and it was absolutely delicious. If it was a restaurant we would have gone there everyday just for that!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

The Kanha jungle lodge lies close to the Mukki gate of Kanha National Park. It provides excellent enthousiastic guides, good accomodation, good staff and excellent food. I have been here 2 times now and defintely will come back. No doubt.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

We couldn't speak more highly of our experience at the Jungle Lodge. From 'Theron' the eloquent and accommodating host, to the attentive staff, top class accommodation fabulous food, and second-to-none jungle guides, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Kahna was a far better experience for us than the much over-hyped Bandhavargh National Park, and rated amongst our best ever wildlife experiences, including in Africa. The only thing that we could pick Theron up on is that sometimes they are so keen to please you that they feed the guests too much! Wonderful food of course, but we had to skip the odd lunch, as breakfast and dinner was more than enough! Overall - highly recommend others booking here. With best wishes to the Team for next season. TD & JD

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kanha Jungle Lodge

Address: Kanha National Park 481111, India (Formerly WelcomHeritage Kanha Jungle Lodge)
Region: India > Madhya Pradesh > Kanha National Park
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Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Kanha National Park
Price Range: ₹ 10,751 - ₹ 14,140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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