We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (147)
Filter reviews
147 results
Traveller rating
141
6
0
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
141
6
0
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews ken river joanna and raghu boat ride the cottages panna tiger reserve banks of the river other guests panna national park bird watching sloth bear family recipes lovely lodge resident naturalist indian home cooking for pre dinner drinks vegetable garden tiger population
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
5 - 10 of 147 reviews
Reviewed 23 April 2020 via mobile

4 nights was too short here. We had morning and evening- safaris, one night-safari which is very different from the others, and one slow boat- safari, no motor, on the river.
It is very close to the park- entrance, just 5 min. drive.
It is also close to Khajuraho, about 45 min drive, the Serai at Toria can arrange a car. Khajuraho is easy to see by yourself, 3 ours will be enough, the rest of the town is charming and tiny, some small shops and a market for the locals.
Serai at Toria is an extraordinary nice place. The location is beautiful, the hotel is in a large nature- area some few meters up from the the riverside.
The hotel fit in as local houses, luxury in an elegant balance between English and Indian with natural materials. The bathroom is a fairytale, and unordinary good beds.
Absolute clean. Very good food.
The owners, an Indian/ English couple, have worked with sawing tiger- programs in Panna national park in many years, with snow- leopards in Ladakh. Now they works with the locals to involve them in tiger- saving. They have films about their works they show you on request; very knowledges people. Very friendly, polite, and take very well care of their guests.
Highly recommended

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank toyalillie61
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Dear toyalillie61,
Thank you for reviewing us in such detail and for the kind recommendation. We apologise for the delay in responding but are only now reading your comments. Of course the intervening months have brought with them such a different time! We hope you are all staying well and safe. We look forward to next season when we hope to be able to welcome our international guests once more.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 March 2020

This lodge is run by a couple who make your stay memorable. Raghu is a scientist who has researched the tiger population in the Panna Tiger Reserve (with a documentary and a book to prove it!) and Joanna is a writer/photographer who takes the lead in welcoming guests. As a couple, they make the stay a delight.
Accommodation is in large, comfortable cottage-style rooms, spacious and furnished with traditional furniture. Access to the tiger reserve is quick and easy. The lodge itself is on a river front, on which we had an afternoon canoe ride, guided by an expert local boatman. We were able to switch a second visit to the park, which we did not want, for this canoe trip on the river, showing the flexibility and high level of customer service offered by the owners, Joanna and. A terrace at the front of the lodge provides an excellent place for breakfast or a pre-dinner drink. The food was excellent.

Date of stay: January 2020
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
1  Thank HughM551
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and really appreciate your taking the time to review us. A rather delayed response, I apologise. I do hope you are staying safe and that later in 2021 travel may resume. Your visit seems like a different time! Please do come again.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 February 2020

What a wonderful place. We were so well looked after by Raghu, Joanna and their team. The cottages are very comfortable and the food especially delicious. We very much enjoyed our safari and everything about our few days at Sarai at Toria.

Room tip: I think all the cottages are much the same
Date of stay: February 2020
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Holydaytime
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sarai at Toria, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2021

Thank you for reviewing us. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and our team look forward to the time when we can care for you and your friends again. Stay safe.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 December 2019

What a great stay we had here for three night and it's beyond our imagination. We had a great time with Raghu, Joanna, Piyush and our naturalist Mr. Jaipal and all the other staffs.The food was straight from the garden. We had the memorable marriage anniversary here . They arranged a special setting for dinner for us. They arranged for cake also. It's like we are celebrating with our family. A very special thanks to Mr. Piyush for everything.

Date of stay: December 2019
Thank Jagrut G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SaT52, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2019

We are honoured that you chose the Sarai at Toria for your special anniversary and very happy that you enjoyed it. We all much enjoyed hosting you and hope we may be able to celebrate more special occasions together in the coming years. Thank you for commenting here.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 November 2019

If heaven were a place on earth, then this would surely be it! From the moment we arrived, until the moment we left owners Joanna, Raghu and their team made us feel like one of the family.

Our comfy spacious traditionally constructed cottage room was designed to maintain an ambient temperature, all year round. Pleasingly, the Sarai is a plastic free zone, and we were provided with plentiful freshly filtered water, quality teas and locally produced eco toiletries in refillable glass bottles including a citronella oil repellent, though we didn’t see any mosquitos during our 3 day stay here.

Set peacefully on the banks of the river Kenn, our communal seating area was open sided. We met for pre dinner drinks and home made snacks around a log fire, and dined under the moon by candle light. Lunch was served in the vegetable garden, and on our final day we had breakfast by the river. All meals were developed from Raghu’s family recipes, tasty, plentiful and beautifully presented. All staff at the Sarai were helpful, kind and friendly.

We took advantage of some of the activities on offer including a delightful afternoon on the river bird spotting with their resident naturalist Jaipal (JP). He also accompanied us on early morning and afternoon safaris into the Panna Tiger Reserve where we were expertly driven by Devindra through fabulous scenery and we’re fortunate enough to see Tigers, a leopard, a sloth bear and a variety of deer, monkeys, birds, bugs and even frogs!

Our only regret was not being able to stay longer in this perfect place that replenishes the soul, there was so much more to explore and experience in the surrounding areas I’m sure we will return another day.

Room tip: All rooms are equally lovley and well spaced out to allow privacy
Date of stay: November 2019
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank susanbL1602KW
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SaT52, Owner at Sarai at Toria, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2019

Great review, thank you. "...replenishes the soul..." - you could not make us happier than by this comment. This is what the location does for us too. We shall look forward to your return and sharing more of our local experiences with you. Joanna

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews