Kanha Earth Lodge lies in 16 acres of natural forest, tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. It offers 12 open-fronted, luxury bungalows with en suite bathrooms and large verandahs that adhere to high standards of green architecture through their use of recycled, waste wood and local stone in all aspects of construction and furniture design. The Lodge has won several Indian and International Awards for its high environmental standards.
Facilities at a Glance
- All cottages are inspired by traditional Gond architecture and use locally available materials such as mud plaster, stone, terracotta tiles, rough-hewn timber beams and furniture made from waste and recycled wood, which helps them to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.
- All bedrooms are air-conditioned and have dressing rooms, writing table and chair and large verandahs with forest views.
- All rooms have 24-hour power back.
- The main building is rustic, yet refined, built mainly with local stone, logs, baked tiles, and furnished with local tribal artifacts and crisp cotton upholstery.
- The lodge has a dining hall, nature library-cum-presentation room and an eco shop that contributes 25 percent of its proceeds towards conservation activities.
- The infinity pool is set between mahua trees and its infinity edges merge into Kanha’s forests.
- An experienced team of naturalists, who focus on birding tours and providing a holistic wildlife experience.
- A multi-cuisine dining hall serving Indian and Continental cuisine cooked with locally sourced, fresh produce from neighbouring villages.
- Outdoor barbeque and bush dinner areas.
- Visits to weekly village markets for fresh produce; guests are welcome to visit our kitchen gardens and weekly markets during conducted village walks.
- We are happy to consider special dietary requirements with prior information.
Green Features At a Glance
- We endeavour to practice sustainable wildlife tourism of the highest standards and are signatories of TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers), an international campaign advocating responsible tourism as a way to save India's wildlife.
- We have also created a Conservation Cell in order to engage in action-based wildlife and local people issues.
- Use of CFL lamps for all light fittings and LED fittings for exterior lighting assisted by battery bank and solar pvc panels.
- Use of traditional Gond tribal artifacts for interior décor and stocking of artifacts for sale in our souvenir shop.
- Garbage segregation and use of a compost pit.
- Use of RO filtration system to discourage the use of plastic water bottles.
- Dual-capacity flushing cistern and quarter-turn basin taps.
- Eco-friendly construction and eco-sensitive waste disposal systems.
- Extensive use of solar lanterns and solar cookers for guests and staff.
- Not a single tree was felled during construction. We also promoted landscape regeneration – what was once a barren estate is today a thriving micro-habitat.
- Buildings were sited around existing trees, so as not to disturb vegetation and to gain added protection from solar radiant heat.
- Created a natural wetland by digging a large pit for rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge, which now attracts wild animals, especially in summer.
- Our policy is to employ and procure whatever we can from local communities, in order to include them in wildlife tourism and help them benefit from it.
- 80% of our staff are from nearby villages and are trained to industry standards.
- Under our Village Kitchen Garden Project, we have partnered with 5 families to grow fresh produce for the lodge, and in turn, support them with seeds and technical advice.
- Extensive use of local manpower during construction; many construction workers were trained and are now part of our permanent team.
- Sharing information about conservation issues with guests through talks, films and presentations.
- Intensive annual training for our naturalists under the guidance of senior research fellow, Shekhar S Kolipaka.
- Encourage green activities for our guests: walks, birding, cycling and village visits.
- Encourage locals to demonstrate and share with us their unique cultural practices, so as to better understand and help preserve their way of life.