Destinations

Saria at Toria

saria at toria, panna national park

Perched high above the River Ken, near the Panna Tiger Reserve, Sarai at Toria is a beautiful six-cottage eco-lodge is owned by big cat biologist, Raghunandan Singh Chundawat and his wife, a wildlife photographer and conservationist, Joanna can Gruisen. This rustic lodge has been built to minimise environmental impact by using a traditional mud-based insulating construction, and is only accessible via a rope-bridge, a firm favourite with the local monkeys.

Set within 9 acres of land, there is much to explore from this luxurious ‘earth-friendly’ retreat and it is the ideal spot for wildlife and cultural itineraries within central India.

saria at toria details

Style

A luxurious and traditional eco-friendly lodge with guest accommodation in unique cottages.

Setting

Located on the River Ken, close to Panna Tiger Reserve, this lodge is in a great location to explore the jungles of central India. Access is via a rope bridge.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the six cottages have a classical, elegant design, with a bedroom, bathroom, veranda and a private courtyard, four of these cottages have a mezzanine level with bed spaces perfect for children, and some great views. A majority of the construction materials were locally sourced, such as mud, stone, brick, bamboo and grass and minimal concrete and steel was used.

There is a large dining and lounge area at the highest point for fantastic views as you relax and eat, from the Ken River to the Panna Tiger Reserve.

Dining

The cuisine is a huge part of your stay here, meals include delicious tried-and-tested home recipes by Raghu himself, as well as more cosmopolitan (and less spicy!) meals designed by Joanna.

Activities

From the lodge, boat rides and fishing are offered, as well as walks and birding. It is tempting to stay and enjoy the peaceful, stunning surroundings, but there are many cultural and wildlife activities that are well worth your time. From here you can head to the 1000 year old temples at Khajuraho, or see the rock paintings along the escarpments of the Panna Tiger Reserve. Of course, scouring for tigers in Panna is a must! You can also visit the town of Panna, see the Ajaygarh Fort (often overlooked by tourists) and some spectacular waterfalls.

Child Policy

Children are welcome and some cottages are great for the use of families.

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