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Ken River Lodge



Location: Village Madla, Distt. Panna, Madhya Pradesh 488001. It is about 27 kms from Khajuraho.


About Lodge: Spread over 30 acres of pristine jungle, Ken River Lodge, popularly known as the Tree House, is a wildlifer’s paradise. It is Situated on the banks of river Ken, adjoining the 542 sq km Panna Tiger Reserve. Situated 26km. from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It offers a unique blend of traditional royal hospitality and comfortable country living in cottages and deluxe huts.

Ken river with its fresh, clear water, flows through the ravines of the vindhya range and sustains the varied wildlife including the crocodile and the gharial. At Ken River Lodge you could enjoy a carefree boat ride, a jungle safari or just gaze at the mesmerizing ken from our tree house (machaan) restaurant, on your experiential holiday.


Accommodation: There are 10 deluxe huts with attached permanent bath and dressing. 10 cottage rooms with attached bath, living room and open deck.




Enjoy the carefree Boat Ride on the mesmerising river ken with hands on experience in rowing, from our local boatmen, the real adventurous can do it on the truck tube as their boat, as used by the local fishermen. Alternatively inside the park is also an hour ride on a motorized boat , where the real unlucky misses the crocodiles. The islands on the river are the home to Large Grey Fish eagle which hover in search of the gigantic Mahaseer.

The lodge has its own 4 x 4 open Gypsy's used for
Jungle Safari - Morning Safari and Evening Safari are daily organized. The guests are accompanied by trained naturalists to give them a better insight into the park.

Panna is the land of
Cascading Water Falls - Raneh falls and Pandav falls are a great attraction, both are situated in the reserve forest. Raneh falls is where the famous Ken Gharial Sanctuary is. On a sunny afternoon the guests can see innumerable gharials sun basking. Inside the park Dundhwa falls is a must, it is also where the vociferous Shaheen pair live.

Rock Paintings and Relics of Gondwana Period ( rule of the tribal people of central India) are scattered all over the reserve. The rock paintings are over ten thousand year old. Panna diamond mines at the Hinota gate are famous for industrial diamonds and belief is there that the Kohinoor was also mined here. The lodge organises day trips to these sites.

Khajuraho - a world heritage site, famed for its temples, is a half our drive.
Rajgarh and Kalinjar Forts are a must, for a close view into Bundelkand. The lodge organises guided tours for its guests.

The Ken river is an
Anglers Paradise. The river tiger - Mahaseer, close to every anglers heart is found in abundance. The prize catch in 2002 was 37 kg, you could well guess what awaits you. The other carps can be caught the whole year, though our resident stork billed kingfisher is a close competitor and the toddy cat living on the tree house branches turns green, when you relish the fish pokaras without offering a bite.

The Honeymooners don't get a raw deal in our adventurous world, vouches a couple who on their 25th anniversary were marooned on a island for a
candle lit dinner, for company we only let the spoon billed and the brown fish owl be there.

How to reach:


By Flight: Nearest Airport is Khajuraho (27 km).
There are daily flights from Delhi in season by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.
From the Airport cabs are available for drop for Rs 500-600
At present there are no direct flights from Mumbai.

By Train: From Delhi

UP Sampark Kranti (2448) leaves Nizammudin 21:35 p.m. reaches Khajuraho 7:50 a.m. only on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Transfer from Khajuraho station to Lodge by car - Rs 700/-

Delhi to Jhansi by Bhopal Shatabdi (departure N. Delhi, 6 a.m., arrival Jhansi, 10:25 a.m.)
Further by cab( Rs 2500/-) or by Shatabdi bus( Rs 80/-) to Khajuraho.
Get off at Bhamitha( 10 km before Khajuraho).
Free pick up by gypsy arranged on request.
Shatabdi Fare Rs 565/- for a.c chair car and Rs 1150/- for 1st class chair car.

Punjab Mail (Train No. 2138/2137)
Departs Delhi at 05: 30 a.m. arrives Jhansi at 12:10 p.m.
Departs Jhansi at 01: 40 p.m. arrives Delhi at 08:20 p.m.
Further by cab or bus to khajuraho.
The train offers 1A, 2A, 3A and SL classes.
Morning bus service is scarce, so cab though expensive is the best option.

Mangla Lakshadweep Express (Train No. 2618/2617)
Departs Delhi (Nizamuddin) at 09: 55 a.m. arrives Jhansi at 03:40 p.m.
Departs Jhansi at 08: 35a.m. arrives Delhi at 03:10 p.m.
Further by cab or bus to khajuraho.
The train offers 2A, 3A and SL classes.
Morning bus service is scarce, so cab though expensive is the best option.

By Road: One could take the road journey through Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi and Datia.
A distance of 635k.m. best avoided in a stretch, but is a memorable drive through lovely country side if given a break at Gwalior, Orchha or Datia.


Valid upto 30th April 2011
(Lodge is closed from 1st May - 15th Oct)







Rs. 6000/-

Rs. 5000/-

Rs. 12500/-

Rs. 10000/-


American Plan: Includes accommodation in Deluxe huts/cottages with attached bath, all meals, tea/coffee service and all taxes.

Jungle Plan: Includes accommodation in Deluxe huts/cottages with attached bath, all meals, tea/coffee service, 2 jeep safaris in Panna National Park with entries, services of a trained naturalist and all taxes.

Package 2 Nights / 3 Days


Couple Cost - Rs. 13000/-

Single Occupancy - Rs. 11000/-



  • Accommodation in cottage/hut.

  • Welcome drink.

  • All meals (2B, 2L, 2D) and morning/evening   tea/coffee service.

  • 2 shared Jeep Safaris in National Park with entries included.

  • In house activities like nature walk, bird watching and boat ride on request.

  • All taxes.

Does not Include:

  • Elephant Safari.

  • Boat Safari in the national park.

  • Extra Safari – Rs 1800/- per jeep (Seats 4) plus park entries.

  • Laundry or any other personal expenses.

  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks.

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