Denwa Backwater Escape

Denwa Backwater Escape

Satpura National Park
, Madhya Pradesh
, India

Denwa Backwater Escape is the latest enterprise in an expanding portfolio of Pugdundee’s stylish lodges and overlooks the mesmerising backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River. Its glorious location takes in the panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands and the rolling Pachmarhi hills. Built on ten acres of forested land, it lies across the river from the park. A short hop by boat then a jeep or an elephant gets you deeper into the forests. The lodge has been built using local materials like stone and baked tiles, but the design is contemporary rather than rustic. The interiors of the rooms are done up in style with leather safari furniture using local craftsmanship. The main buildings and the swimming pool use handcrafted furniture made from recycled wood and old railway sleepers, ensuring use of local artisan skills and minimum impact on this stunning landscape.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Wildlife/Nature Lodge


Choose one of 8 luxuriant river-view cottages or 2 riverview tree houses, all ensuite. The cottages have a large terrace where you can sleep out under a glorious panoply of stars. Staff will arrange for mosquito netting on request. All come with intercom facility, air conditioning and power back up.


The dining hall overlooks the tranquil Denwa River and serves a variety of Indian, Continental and local cuisines cooked with fresh produce sourced from neighbouring villages. Open from 1st October to 30th June.


Activities offered include nature walks; walking and jeep safaris; kayaking; cycling; night safaris; and for the adventurous even camping options in the park. Naturally, the lodge provides trained naturalists to accompany their guests on all these activities.

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Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)