Mahua Kothi

Bandhavgarh, India

The Mahua Kothi is the flagship property of the &Beyond/Taj venture into the tiger reserves of Central India and is located in the largely untouched Bandhavgarh National Park. Exclusive Mahua Kothi has twelve charming guest suites with private courtyards.

At a Glance

  • Nature walks with lodge's own naturalist

  • Trek in the park alongside tiger pug marks up to the 2000 year old fort and the reclining Vishnu statue

  • Enjoy unusual cocktails for your sundowner around a bonfire under the Mahua tree, such as the mahua martini made from flowers from the same tree

  • Aromatic hukkahs or hubble-bubbles to accompany stargazing on the homestead terrace

  • Tribal village visit to experience some of the community development initiatives sponsored by the lodge

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Insider's View

Ask your naturalist to take you to see the temple on the rocky outcrop. It is a windy bumpy journey up but a beautiful experience when you reach the top. It’s also a good vantage point from which to see vultures circling!

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Built with the environment and conservation in mind, the 12 suites or ‘Kutiyas’ offer unparalleled levels of comfort, yet constructed using the local techniques and tastes of Madya Pradesh. With shaded seating areas and private courtyards, the Kutiyas offer a romantic retreat after a day in search of the wonderful wildlife Bandhavgarh has to offer.

Wooden shutters, hand-finished walls, stone floors, open rafters with roughly-hewn beams, handmade pottery roof tiles and rust and burnt orange local textile furnishings are just some of the stunning features of this luxurious camp. Rooms offer en-suite bathrooms and hand-blended, all-natural, guest amenities from the Taj Spa. After a day exploring the abundant wildlife in the park, why not indulge in an in-room Ayurvedic massage.

The lodge has a swimming pool, interactive kitchen and offers the highest standard of safari viewing by &Beyond trained naturalists in a Tata open 4x4 safari vehicle. In short, the Mahua Kothi has taken the art of wildlife viewing to new levels, whilst maintaining a dedicated approach to conservation and responsible travel.


Each of the twelve charming suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) are built in the vernacular style of Central India. Interiors include wooden shutters, tapered mud colored walls in lime and earth washes, open rafters with roughly hewn wooden beams, and handmade pottery roof tiles. Each en-suite bathroom features twin hand basins, indoor shower, bath, and separate w.c. Each kutiya features roll-down mats to keep out the early morning sun, as well as overhead fans and air-conditioning. Guests can also make use of yoga amenities in a basket (complete with instructions), and bicycles, parked in the kutiya courtyards, are an invitation to explore. Rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans and mosquito protection and bathrooms with bath and shower.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Mathua Kothi. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Game drives are recommended for older children and there is a baby sitting service available on request.


Facilities at the camp include a 600 sq ft veranda that runs the length of the building with generous built-in seats. There is also a safari shop, library, swimming pool and restaurant.

Expert Naturalists and a comprehensive wildlife package, laundry, emergency medical evacuation

Full board basis including soft drinks, house wines, house spirits and local beers, all park fees and government taxes


All scheduled safari activities (including elephant safaris) are included in room rates. Two safaris are offered daily and give you the chance to see the abundant wildlife from purpose built vehicles for maximum comfort and safety.

Location & Directions

Bandhavgarh, India

The Mahua Kothi is located in the largely untouched Bandhavgarh National Park,in central Madhya Pradesh.

When to go

Lodge is closed from 1st July till 15th October, as the national parks are closed due to monsoons.

Tropical climate- hot during the day. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). Night time winter temperatures vary between 02-20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant (October-March). Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season (mid June to September) and average rainfall is 1400 mm. The best time to travel is November to April.

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