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Karnali Lodge

About the Lodge

Off the beaten track adventure in the heart of tiger country

Bardia National Park is a world away from the chaotic hustle of Kathmandu. An area of extraordinary beauty and abundant wildlife, a visit to Karnali Lodge is a journey of off the beaten track adventure and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Bardia provides the best tiger habitat anywhere in Nepal, and your greatest opportunity of seeing this elusive animal in the wild.

Karnali is an intimate lodge with ultra personal service and expert wildlife guiding. We’ve created a calming, soothing escape with a focus on our natural surroundings. Our rooms are in keeping with local architecture, our on-site farm produces fresh organic produce and the property has a strong focus on environemental practices.


With nine newly decorated Signature rooms each with an adjoining bathroom, Karnali Lodge is the epitome of comfort with a focus on privacy and calm. Additionally we have 12 Traditional rooms, built using local materials and traditional building methods. All our rooms are designed to minimize their impact on the environment and are adorned in soft natural colours and fabrics and locally sourced furnishings.

Things to do at
Karnali Lodge

Karnali Lodge is an opportunity to immerse oneself in nature and unwind in the peacefulness of a jungle environment. Accompanied by one of our expert naturalists, explore the park on foot, by jeep or head to the river put in point to experience the ultimate river safari. Keep an eye out for an Asiatic elephant, the mighty tiger or a svelte leopard. Alternatively choose to unwind in a sunny spot at the Lodge garden, taking in nature as it moves around you. Curl up with a good book and cool drink, and idle the day away.

Jeep Safari

Step aboard one of our restored iconic open-top Landrovers for a jungle jeep safari unlike any in Nepal.


An ideal way to end a long day on safari is to experience one of Nepal's famous sunsets with a cold drink in hand.

River Safari

Float down the Karnali river in search for Nepal's aquatic wildlife - a truly relaxing experience.

Bird Watching

Nepal is considered a bird watching sanctuary, with an astounding 848 species identified across the country.

Visit The local Communities

Immerse yourself in local Tharu culture by taking a guided tour of the local villages.

Walking Safari

Experience safari in its purest form by joining our naturalists on foot.

Useful Information


February-April, October-December, January, May-September

  • Signature room
    US $ 290.00 per person per night
  • Traditional room
    US $ 260.00 per person per night

The above rates are on a per person per night on twin sharing basis and inclusive of 13% government tax (VAT). Single supplement is an additional 50% of the rate.

The above rates include all meals and accommodation and exclude safari activities, items of a personal nature and national park fees. Children age 0-3 years are complimentary, 4-11 years get a 50% discount on above rates, and 12 years and above are standard rates.

Note: We also offer full jungle package with activities included.

As well as working with various local stakeholders to protect and conserve the natural environment in which we operate, Tiger Tops also partners with key international charitable organisations


  • We spent New Years 2020 with family and friends @ Tiger Tops Karnali, and it was a trip never to forget. From the jeep safaris to the excellent service, there is no comparison to any other lodge in Nepal, and perhaps the world (I've been to several around the globe). Starting out as tiger-hunting camp founded by two Texans, this camp has grown into anti an eco-friendly place that strives to preserve nature by any means possible - including no-elephant riding and just a little carbon footprint.

    The guides are knowledgable, speak perfect English, and always carry a bird book. They know the forest well, and excursions into the park are just magical. Walks outside the camp are just as interesting, as an authentic Tharu village is just outside the gate. I've been living in Nepal for 20 years now (been all over the place on motorbike) and this is by far my favorite place to stop. !

  • My dad and I had an amazing 3-night stay at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. It was the perfect amount of time to see the park and enjoy the lodge. The location of Tiger Tops is beautiful and feels remote -- it's in the jungle, just past a quaint village. You feel like you are in a wild place, and it's nice to be cut off from wifi, TV, and cell service. There are lots of monkeys on the property. The rooms are stunning, simple, and elegant. !

  • It is quite a journey to reach this lodge - a flight to Nepalgunj airport and then a 2-hour drive to Bardia. The welcome was friendly and warm. Accommodation was quite basic in cottages up to 60 metres from the central lodge, but it was clean and comfortable. Breakfast and dinner were served in the central area. The food was locally obtained and was well-cooked and well-presented. The lodge is very convenient for the National Park. Recommended
  • I wonder why I waited so long to visit this oasis. But I’m so thankful that finally I made it. Tiger tops karnali is all good things one hear of and some more. It’s a purely jungle lodge with old world charm. You can sense character, grandeur in its own ways and class once you reach there. Rooms are well appointed with all amenities. Most importantly Tiger tops has amazing staff members. Unlike newbies, they’re not over powering and too eager but they are so polite, well mannered and prompt. Just right for a resort where one needs privacy as well as comfort. Also, this must be one of the rare resorts to serve best continental food.
  • We loved staying at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. The lodge, food, service and staff were terrific. The staff did everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. The food was incredible - fresh, tasty and creative. It might just be the best food we’ve had in Nepal. The lodge has great style, our rooms were super comfortable (we were in the superior rooms) and we really liked the communal main area centred around an open pit fire.

    Thank you very much to Tiger Tops and the people who helped us enjoy our stay so much - we will certainly be back.

  • This place is a gem!!! Excellent service, comfortable rooms and excellent staff. My wife and I spent 3 nights here after I did the Everest Base Camp trek. The room was extremely comfortable and well laid out. Our naturalist who guided us in the Bardiya National Park was extremely knowledgeable and worked so hard to give us an experience of a lifetime. The cuisine was excellent and the staff so accommodating. Excellent service all around and will definitely return in the future. The rooms are stunning, simple, and elegant. !
  • Karnali Lodge

    Tiger Tops (P) Ltd.
    Thakurdwara, Bardia, Nepal

  • Tel:
    +977 9768208306

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memorable trip?

Tiger Tops reservation staff will help you craft an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Nepalese jungle, a trip that will be designed to suit your tastes and needs.

Lakshmi Lama
Phone: +977 (0)1 4511 225,
EXT(16), +977 9851030275
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