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The most zen boat ride down the Ken River

Some even rate it higher than a tiger sighting…

By Dr Raghu Chundawat and Joanna Van Gruisen
Owners of the Sarai at Toria

We have an outstanding location right on the Ken River overlooking Panna National Park, beyond. This river is one of the purest and most beautiful in India for which we are very fortunate. Boating along its peaceful waters has become somewhat of a favourite pastime for those who want to just slow the pace right down and appreciate the simplicity of the wilderness. There’s not another soul in sight.

Some of our guests who’ve been to India many times say that the boat ride on the Ken River is the highlight of their entire trip. Some even rate it higher than a tiger sighting! The most magical time to do this is either at dawn when the wildlife is waking or in the evening as the golden sun seems to melt into the ripples.

We paddle people out on a flat-bottomed local country boat, which is both spacious and comfortable, into what we call the ‘river garden’ where you can see the rocky outcrops and reeds peeping out of the calm water. It’s a very zen experience and great for birdlife; storks, kingfishers and eagle owls are only a few of the species that reside in this unhampered landscape.


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Alfred & Dr Raghu Chundawat and Joanna Van Gruisen

Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, Raghu is a conservation biologist and ran a 10-year study on tiger ecology in the Panna Tiger Reserve. He is author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers,’  and runs a wildlife conservation trust, Baavan - bagh aap aur van, as well as the Sarai at Toria alongside his wife Joanna. Born in the UK, Joanna has lived in India since 1981 and has been a wildlife filmmaker, writer, and conservationist.