Bandhavgarh National Park accommodation - Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi

The first of the luxurious African style lodges to be developed in India, Mahua Kothi offers guests previously unparalleled levels of comfort between wildlife safaris in Bandhavgarh National Park. It continues to do a pretty good job while maintaining its dedicated approach to conservation and responsible travel. The lodge is named after the Indian Butter Tree, the Mahua, of which legend says if you drink a little wine made from its flowers you repeat things like a parrot, drink more and you roar like a tiger, and lounge on the floor like a boar when you have drunk too much . . .

The grounds spread over 40 acres with a renovated ‘kothi’ or homestead at its centre and this is where you’ll find a lounge, restaurant, wine and G&Ts instead of mahua hooch. The 12 guest suites take their inspiration from kutiyas, local jungle huts, entered via a private courtyard complete with mud-washed floors- and a couple of bicycles. Wooden shutters and stone floors are complimented by earth coloured hand-woven fabrics but the bathroom facilities are thoroughly modern with twin basins, shower, bath and separate loo. You have a personal butler to take care of you and between safaris in Mahua Kothi’s custom-made 4x4s you can indulge in an in-room massage or take a dip in the pool and dine on world-class cuisine.

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