A serene sanctuary where dew drops unfurlin the early morning mist, birds flint from one branch to another; while you sip on your morning cuppa, and lord over tiger country.
Kanha earth lodge is tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone, and built in less than 5% of the 16 acres of natural forest that surrounds it. The lodge and its furniture is constructed and designed using local waste wood and recycled wood; a true reflection of impeccable standards in green architecture.
We offer twelve, luxury bungalows with spacious verandas that promise unhindered, stunning views.
Inspired by traditional Gond architecture, the cottages have been meticulously designed using locally available materials such as mud plaster, stone, terracotta tiles, rough-hewn timber beams. The furniture has been delicately crafted using waste and recycled wood, thereby blending seamlessly with the natural forest setting.
An oasis of relaxation, our Infinity pool is set between Mahua trees of a fringe forests. Let the stress melt away, as you unwind under the alluring, blue skies, dotted with candy floss clouds, forming a canopy over the verdant forest cover.
Our spacious lounge overlooking the forests, is adorned with local artefacts. This tastefully done up space with furniture designed using recycled wood and inspired by the Gond tribal culture, is a cosy nook for our weary guests.
The library or reading room stocks a wealth of literature on the biodiversity of Central India and Kanha. Equipped with a presentation screen to host special wildlife documentaries, you can spend a few relaxed evening here. Watch some well-known documentaries, or intriguing presentations by our naturalists; while the staff serves you the freshly plated hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Our multi-cuisine dining hall serves and curates an array of regional, Indian and continental flavours, rustled up by our expert chefs. Our dishes are made from locally sourced, fresh food produce. Tantalise your taste buds with the unique flavours of Tikkar Roti (flat bread oven roasted in camel foot leaves), Lamb Booti curry, Chakri, Basil Ice cream and an exclusive variety of other dishes.
The industrious team at Kanha Earth Lodge, has been applauded by our guests for creating flawless experiences time and again. Majority of our staff are locals who work beyond the call of duty. They are equipped with skill building trainings to enhance their skillsets and grow beyond their comfort zone. This helps our staff maintain the highest standards in hospitality.
We believe in the inclusiveness of the communities that reside around our lodge, and we are proud to have some local boys who hold managerial positions in the lodge.
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to some of our key members who you will interact with during your stay. Albeit, every team members plays a valuable role in making your stay a memorable one.
Karan Rana, an integral part of team since 2004 and a multi-tasker. He wears many hats - from being an in-charge of naturalist team to heading Kanha Earth Lodge and leading specialist groups.
Before joining us he worked for over 15 years with Tiger Tops Nepal in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. He also leads the Pugdundee Mobile & walking safaris and has played a pivotal role in launching it successfully in Central India.
Harpreet carries with him an unmatchable thirst for the outdoors and extreme passion for his job. Having previously worked in Bharatpur, Ranthambhore and Pench National park, he began his journey with us as a naturalist. Today he is a Lodge Manager with high expertise and skill sets.
The ever jovial Harpreet is armed with great tracking and wildlife photography skills. Everything in the forests fall under his area of interest, and he loves to share his jungle lore with the guests.
Rohit is from the neighbouring village Dhanwar and has been with the lodge since construction in 2009. Over the years he has become an integral part of the lodge and you will find him involved in almost everything.
He is outstanding at leading tours to the tribal villages and haats, having grown up in the jungle is also at ease with the local flora and fauna. He is a great inspiration for local boys and a perfect example of integration through eco tourism.
Born and brought up in Mocha village near Kanha National Park itself, Ashu is the nature guide at the lodge.
He has grown up listening about the ‘tiger stories’ of Kanha and is a great company on game drives due to his tiger tracking skills and knowledge about the local flora and fauna.
A graduate in zoology, some of his fondest childhood memories are of watching animal planet and national geographic channels. Gave up living in Mumbai and decided to work in wildlife industry.
His special interests are to study mammals, tracks and signs, snakes, behavioural and ecological aspect and wildlife management. He has been involved in some wildlife research projects as well.
Sanjay hails from the city of Bangalore. Having spent a considerable period of time in the concrete jungles of the corporate world, his passion for wildlife was sparked while being associated with Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), in the Southern jungles of India. His interest for conservation began during his work with the tribals and on the study of big cats in the Western Ghats Nilgiris landscape.
Currently pursuing his Post Graduation in Eco Tourism and Environmental Laws from WWF-India further reflects his keenness to promote sustainable wildlife tourism. He has previously worked with us a Naturalist in Bandhavgarh National Park. His knowledge on conservation and on the big cats makes him a great company to be with in the jungles.
Our perennial organic garden, set in a lush meadow; produces a fresh yield of herbs and vegetables. Our menus have been crafted around local ingredients sourced from our organic garden and the nearby villages. Thereby giving exotic foods a miss, and pampering our guests to the fine nuances of local flavours.
Our composting initiative that uses vegetable and food waste, along with the dry leaves collected from the property; ensures a bountiful harvest.
Our organic garden also uses grey water from our kitchens thereby, recycling the water in efficient and eco-friendly manner.
"A beautiful, friendly eco lodge. All the staff were charming and helpful. The food was delicious and plentiful and the rooms extremely comfortable. We had an very enjoyable stay and would definitely go back. The guides were very knowledgeable which enhanced our enjoyment of the area and the National Park."