Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura ` 11,000 per person
Located deep in the forests in front of the reservoirs formed by the construction of a dam across the river, it offers mesmerising views of expansive grasslands and the mountains. Though Denwa Backwater Escape Resort is constructed with locally sourced material like baked tiles and stones, it still has quite a modern dĂ©cor. Its two tree houses and eight cottages, all facing the river, offer you utmost privacy. All cottages have spacious rooms, king-size beds, large work desks, local handicrafts, carpeted floors and leather sofas. The tree houses on the other hand have all-wooden interiors, beds, wooden tables, dim lighting and peculiar artwork. Whether picking the cottages or the tree houses for accommodation, you will find air-conditioners, attached bathrooms and telephones in all of them. The cottages even have terraces for you to sleep in the open under mosquito nets.
You can relish Continental and Indian dishes at the large dining hall of Denwa Backwater Escape Satpura that has a brick, iron and wooden interior. For a more romantic experience, you may choose to dine-in at the wooden verandahs of your cottages, or just by the river with bonfires, candles or lanterns. Tour the area, take nature walks or safaris, and at the end of it all, dive straight into the large on-site swimming pool. Engaging in boat rides on the river, kayaking, Jeep journeys and elephant safaris organised by the locals of the region are perfect to make your trip memorable. The best place to take all such nature expeditions is Satpura National Park, on the outskirts of which the resort is located.
Satpura National Park has an area of about 524 sq. metres, and the altitude here ranges from roughly 300 metres to approximately 1350 metres. The landforms here include deep ravines, hills, rivers, gorges, valleys, waterfalls, marches and grasslands. Several species of bamboo cover the slopes, and numerous other trees like mahua, tendu, jamun, teak and sal also grow here in abundance. On a jungle excursion organised by Denwa Backwater Escape Resort, you will also see hordes of species of shrubs, ferns and medicinal plants in this wildlife territory. While exploring the forests, try spotting tigers, gaurs, dholes, elephants, the 12-horned barahsingha deer and nilgais. Antelopes, civets, foxes, wolves, langurs, jackals, cobras, Russell vipers, Indian pythons, monitors, chameleons are also rewarding sights here. The water bodies and the areas around them are rich in crocodiles, toads, frogs and loads of fish.