Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi

Bandhavgarh National Park
, Madhya Pradesh
, India

The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from the fragrant mahua or butter tree. The lodge is set in 40 acres of grounds and the original homestead has been tastefully renovated. Stay in jungle village huts built in the vernacular style of Central India using natural, local materials and textiles. Enjoy your meals in the lush gardens or terraces with food made from produce sourced locally and from the resort’s own kitchen garden. The open kitchen welcomes guests upon arrival where they can watch butter being churned and masala being grounded by hand. You could also take time for some yoga as well as traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad. Bicycles are parked in the courtyards for the use of guests who want to explore and the veranda that runs the length of the building is ideal for star gazing

Our Rating: Luxury
Property Type: Wildlife/Nature Lodge


The 12 suites are built in the traditional style of Central India. Each is accessed through private courtyards with shaded seating and traditional mud floors. Interiors include wooden shutters, walls in lime and earth washes and handmade pottery roof tiles.


Enjoy a spread of Indian and international flavours with fresh produce from the resort’s kitchen garden or sourced from local farms. Olive oil is used as the main cooking media along with other exotic ingredients sourced from different parts of the world. Dinners are served on open terraces with a live spit roasting, Khud cooking and traditional folk dancers in the background.


Sit around a bonfire under the sprawling branches of a mahua tree and enjoy cocktails and kebabs; or relax on the terrace of the homestead puffing on an aromatic hookah under the night sky. You may take a guided nature walk with a naturalist, or drive to the village of the Baiga tribe. Interested guests can be a part of their ongoing community initiatives by donating or helping install smokeless wood stoves in village houses, visiting the primary school to distribute nutritional supplements, or watching the bee keeping initiative at a village home.

Why we love this place

This is a great choice for families with young ones. Screening of wildlife movies; indoor games organised by naturalists; treasure hunt, cooking demonstration; guided nature walks; and community visits are some of the activities children can participate in. “I am a Naturalist” programme for budding naturalists is a 3-5 day module that introduces kids to the finer art of tracking animals using field signs, alarm calls and pug marks. At the end of the programme they take home a certificate and a wealth of knowledge.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

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. (£)