Flame of the Forest
Kanha National Park, Central India, India
At a Glance
Flame of the Forest is an intimate lodge with just four luxury cottages
Authentically constructed, built and designed in the local gober (mud/water/cow dung mix)
Peaceful setting on the banks of Banjaar River, so a perfect hideaway for nature enthusiasts
Enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic treatments after a morning game drive
A cultural walk through the neighbouring Kuthwahi village
Best time to Visit
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The climate of Madhya Pradesh can be labelled tropical and monsoonal. Seasonal variations occur mainly in the form of three distinct seasons - summer, winter and monsoon.
Summer runs from April until June with temperatures reaching over 40°C during the day, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant, around 18-24°C. Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season which lasts from mid-June until September. Winters are pleasant and the best time to travel is from October to March when game viewing in the national parks is at its best.
Please note the national parks in this region are closed during the monsoon season, from July until October.
To start planning your holiday to Flame of the Forest
Flame of the Forest is an intimate and boutique safari lodge of only four exclusive cottages nestled in a 10-acre campus in Kanha National Park - one of India’s original tiger reserves, and a premium location for viewing a whole array of Indian wildlife.
Flame of the Forest sits closest to the Kisli Gate of Kahna National Park– the main entrance to the park. This lodge was set up by husband and wife team Karan and Isabelle who shared a dream to live in nature responsibly; to learn from the indigenous people of the area and to conserve the natural environment.
The four luxurious cottages and the central dining area which form the property, are built in a local traditional style using mud and thatch. These are connected by a network of pathways and bridges which overlook the Banjaar River giving nature lovers the opportunity to watch water birds, monkeys and deer who are drawn there to drink.
Whilst many guests come to Kanha National Park simply for the wildlife experience, the property has purposely been kept small and intimate to offer guests personalised flexibility. Whilst it is Karan’s aim to tailor his wildlife experiences to the guest, the lodge also understands that not everyone wants to focus relentlessly on wildlife so guests are able to learn Yoga with Isabelle (a qualified teacher), receive cookery lessons from the chef, or simply kick back and relax on the deck of the cottages and experience the wilderness in peace.
The central concept behind the lodge is to be environmentally and socially aware with an understanding that sustainable conservation is not possible without the local community. For this reason all the lodge team are from the local community and the lodge is actively involved in education within the local school. This association means the lodge is able to give guests an unique insight into the lives of the tribal people that inhabit the small villages nearby and an all-round exceptional experience in the wilderness of the national park.
Flame of the Forest offers four cottages built with local materials feature a deck with a stunning view over looking the river and the forest beyond, an en suite bathroom with al fresco bath.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Flame of the Forest. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
Facilities at Flame of the Forest include the Ayurvedic spa offering a range of relaxing oil massages, an open yoga hall with a stunning view, safari shop, library and dining hall. Please note that Kanha National Park is open from October through until June.
Complimentary activities at Flame of the Forest include safaris, tribal village visits, yoga, nature walks. Activities at an additional charge include use of the Ayurveda Spa offering a range of relaxing oil massages. The Kanha National Park has 22 species of mammals and 220 species of birds. Game include the infamous Bengal tiger, sloth bear, Indian wild dogs, the elusive leopards and the Hard Ground Barasingha found no where else besides in Kanha.
Emma Neale (Staff)
What we love about Flame of the Forest is the passion on the owners Karan and Isa to create something personal and unique in Kanha National Park. We also particularly liked the fact that the focus of staying at the lodge is not solely on the pursuit of big cat and that it is been set up in such a way that one can focus the holistic benefits of being immersed in nature.
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Game Drives in Kanha
Obviously the main highlight will be spotting the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, but the park has an abundance of other wildlife.
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Location & directions
Kanha National Park, Central India, India
Nestled in a 10-acre campus in Kanha National Park, situated close to Khatia/Kisli Gate, the entry point to the reserve.
How to get there
8-hour flight to Delhi International Airport, followed by a 2-hour flight to Jabalpur. The road journey from Jabalpur Airport to Flame of the Forest lasts approximately 3-hours.
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