What we love
- Drive past the little villages inhabited by the tribal communities to arrive at this rustic lodge that’s situated along the tranquil waters of Ken River in the midst of thick jungles. A lodge that allows you to experience the vibrant outdoors, earthy aromas and natural surroundings.
- The lodge features rugged wooden architecture that brilliantly merges with the contiguous setting. Creativity can be seen all around with the rustic and raw wooden furniture interspersed with wrought iron decor and rural lighting fixtures that subtly lend the typical rural outdoors atmosphere to this pastoral lodge.
- Couples or those who seek a bit of luxury could opt for the air-conditioned huts that come with attached modern bathrooms, dressing areas and delightful sit out spaces, while those with children, could opt for the cottages that have their own living area and kitchenette. Take a seat at the deck and watch the life on the serene waters of Ken or shift your attention towards the beautiful migratory birds that fly around and then swoop down to the river. Enjoy the soothing bird-sounds and warbling of the bee-eaters, storks, parakeets, babblers as well the famed Paradise-flycatcher and Oriental Honey Buzzard.
- The lifeline of the lodge is the beautifully created rustic treehouse or machaan under the canopy of age old trees where you can savour freshly cooked meals, devour delectable Rohu or Bhetki fry straight off the river and spy on kingfishers and crocodiles over other choice dishes served on the extended patios overlooking the Ken river. Share stories of the wild with other guests over a drink at the bar while hanging lanterns create a warm ambience in the darkness of the forest.
- Each creation of nature can be enjoyed without disturbance while here - watch the mesmerising sunsets over the river Ken, observe the Signature Spider busy at work, gaze at the lanky bald Indian Vulture - already on the brink of extinction and by night, listen to the high pitched notes of the Cicadas - jhingurs.
- On days when you’re not going on the safari, you can visit the splendid Raneh and Panadan Falls or the Gharial Sanctuary which is a major draw for observing basking crocodiles. Morning and evening trips are organized through a fleet of jeeps from the lodge. Accompanying trained naturalist who demystify the world of the wild.
What to know
- Sail down the serene waters of the placid river where you can go rowing, river tubing or on motor boat rides. Sight the famous crocodiles as well as the animals from the jungle who find their way in search for water. Anglers will enjoy fishing in River Ken that’s considered to be one of the cleanest rivers of Central India.
- Partake in the night safari to see noctural creatures such as the civets, jackals, hynea, fox, sloth bear, blue bull and cheetal in their natural habitat. The local villagers have set up and run a campsite about an hour away from the lodge where one can stay in basic tents that come with private bathrooms. After the walks in the jungle, you can enjoy the local delicacies prepared by the villagers. We highly recommend participating in the night safari to get the true feel of the wilderness.
- The national parks and sanctuary preserves are closed for the monsoons in the months of July, August and September.
- Remember to carry your binoculars and camera, natural and earthy coloured clothes for the safaris, walking shoes, insect repellents, warm clothes for the chilly rides on the jeep and a small medical kit for those times of emergency.
- The lodge has WiFi and internet connectivity should you wish to check quick emails. However, given the remote location, the network may be patchy.
- The owner-host couple along with the lodge manager, boatsmen and other local well trained staff spare no efforts in making your stay a memorable one.
- The region attracts wildlife lovers as much for the river pleasures as for the thick jungles. The tall teak along with the omnipresent kardhai and dhaora forests provide lush canopies amidst which Palash flowers blossom setting the forest aflame with their bright red colours. You’ll also see mahua and tendu trees well known for their produce and economic sustenance for forest dwellers.
- If you’d like to take a peek into the wonderful historic past of the region, head over to the Rajgarh and Kalinjar fort a short drive away from the lodge.