Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura National Park
Denwa Backwater Escape
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Resort
Denwa Backwater Escape overlooks the backwaters of the Denwa River dam, on the edge of Satpura National Park. Surrounded by 10 acres of forest and grassland, the lodge melts into the landscape due to its construction using local and recycled materials. The epicentre is the main building and eco-friendly pool and guests stay in eight deluxe cottages and two tree houses, all with fantastic views of the river. All accommodation features air conditioning, 24 hour hot and cold water and a power back up system. Cottages have a terrace that can also be used to sleep on upon request. The dining hall on the riverside serves a variety of Indian, continental and local cuisines. An experienced team of in house English speaking naturalists lead safaris into Satpura, as well as cycling, boating, nature walks, kayaking and night safaris.
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Other properties in Satpura National Park
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park
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Forsyth Lodge, Satpura, Satpura National Park
This wonderfully stylish and atmospheric new Forsyth Lodge at the recently opened Satpura National Park lies just a few minutes from the beautiful Tewa Reservoir and the park entrance. With a backdrop of plateaus and hills, the area is totally unspoiled and ultimately peaceful. The staff is local and gentle and the owners are passionate wildlife enthusiasts who try to veer away from the constant reference to the 'tiger'. Despite being in prime tiger habitat, the focus here is on the environment and the quality of the overall wilderness experience they provide. One of the key highlights is the variety of ways in which one can view game - on foot, by kayak, by jeep, and by boat, as well as night drives and 2-man hides in the park. Riding safaris are also planned. The 12 cottages are made primarily of mud and brick and according to local village design. With private verandahs and colourful, cheery furnishings, they are spacious, well decorated and scattered around the central lodge grounds and swimming pool. The main lodge is home to a cosy sitting room, dining room, bar and relaxing, open air terraces. Forsyth's is perfectly positioned to fit in with other wildlife parks or to tack onto a journey around southern Rajasthan / Bundelkhand. It offers a truly unique and highly varied, wildlife experience that would keep the most demanding wildlife enthusiast happy. Visiting a park in its infancy is a rare treat!