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Sarai at Toria

Panna Tiger Reserve, India

The Serai at Toria is a wonderfully luxurious but charmingly earth-friendly property situated on the banks of the Ken River and just outside Panna Tiger Reserve, you will be cocooned by wildlife, culture and beautiful scenery.

At a Glance

  • Surrounded by beautiful and exciting destinations - some of which are yet to find themselves on the tourist map

  • The wonderful, eco-friendly and traditionally built cottages will make you feel like a real traveler not just a guest

  • Magnificent views over the River Ken from the dining area, where you can enjoy the stunning sunsets

  • Enveloped by wildlife, you needn't even move from the comfort of your cottage to experience it

  • Family run by the wonderful Raghu and Joanna, who will go out of their way to make sure your stay is the best it can be

  • Raghu and Joanna are not just passionate conservationists but foodies also - you will certainly not go hungry

Adventure, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

Insider's View

Definitely head up the river on the Sarai at Toria boat. You will see crocodiles and all sorts of bird life.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

For a special occasion ask Raghu and Joanna to set up a table for two under the stars. The night's sky there is truly spectacular.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

If you have enough time make sure you visit the hilltop fort Ajaygarh. The ruins there are even older than Khajuraho and remain a secret.

Jessica Campbell

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Sarai at Toria or take a look at our itineraries to Central India


The Sarai at Toria was set up by a husband and wife partnership Joanna and Raghu who have visions for conservation and a passion for wildlife. They are both also enthusiastic 'foodies' so your meals is a major focus of their hospitality and you certainly won't go hungry!

The property is based on the Ken River amidst beautiful unspoiled countryside which stretches out for as far as the eye can see from the homely little cottages that you will be staying in. There are options for alfresco dining all around the property and lovely hideaway areas for reading and relaxing in the small patch of forest behind the cottages.

Some people may prefer to laze around at the Sarai at Torai, soaking up the landscape and wandering around the surrounding area spotting all the magnificent wild life. For others there are all sorts of interesting options for exploration and adventure within a stone's throw of the camp, such as village walks, boat trips up the river, bird watching walks and game drives in Panna National Park which is only 5 minutes away by Jeep.

Serai at Toria was designed to celebrate nature and the traditional style of the local people. As such your cottage is made entirely out of mud, with a thatched roof in keeping with the surrounding area. Your room has no air conditioning but will stay cool throughout the year due to the lovely thick mud walls. The property remains small and personal, hosted with a community feel by Joanna and Raghu, who encourage everyone to gather for drinks before supper and dine together on their delicious home grown organic food.


The Sarai at Toria comprises 8 independent cottage rooms, each having attached bathrooms, verandas and private courtyards. Four of the cottages are especially suitable for families, with tucked-away mezzanine bed spaces that are great for children. Our spacious cottages, fabricated in mud, with thatched roofs, are designed in an eco-friendly manner in-keeping with their surroundings.



Sarai at Torai is based on the banks of the river Ken. There is a large dining and lounge area that sits overlooking the river and towards Panna Tiger Reserve. Spread over nine acres of undulating land with the river on one side and a small forest patch at the back, they can provide many lovely corners for hideaway reading and relaxation and for private al fresco meals.


From sightseeing to world heritage sites, excursions into the Panna Tiger reserve and treks to the nearby Ajaygarh Fort, it is hard to get bored at Sarai at Torai. Back at the property they offer boat rides and fishing on the pristine Ken river, walks through the crop fields of the surrounding countryside and birding on site or at nearby forest and wetland areas.

Location & Directions

Panna Tiger Reserve, India

Sarai at Toria lies on the banks of the River Ken, less than 2 kilometers from the entrance to the Panna Tiger Reserve at Madla.

When to go

The best season to visit Varanasi is between October and March when the temperatures are a in a comfortable range of 5-25 °C. This is a good time to be out sightseeing as the weather is pleasant and very cool. The winter months are also when festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour in Varanasi. Dussehra and Bharat Milap are celebrated in quick succession in September/October followed by the festival of lights - Diwali. The Ganga Festival also takes place in November and this is the time when people come from far and near to pay obeisance to the holy river - Ganges.

The summer lasts from April to September/October and it gets really hot at this time with the temperatures shooting up to 45°C at the height of the season in May and June. The rains come in July and August bringing the temperatures down marginally but the humidity levels rise.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Sarai at Toria or take a look at our itineraries to Central India

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