(Last Updated on : 26-03-2016)
Kanker Palace is an exceptionally beautiful palace located in the district of Kanker. Kanker is a district headquarter town, which was earlier a part of the famous Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Kanker District is situated in the southern region of Chhattisgarh. Previously Kanker was a part of old Bastar District
but in the year 1999 Kanker District
got its identity as an independent district. Kanker district has been a popular tourist spot for it's is scenic beauty, unique tribal villages and for its Royal Kanker Palace along with some fine century-old colonial buildings.
The magnificent and elegant Kanker Palace was constructed as a mansion for the British Agent. Presently the Palace is owned by the Royal family, who trace their ancestors back to the 12th century AD. Still the residential home of the Royal family of the late Maharajadhiraj Udai Pratap Deo, the Kanker Palace has developed a part of it into a hotel for tourists. The palace maintains an informal elegance amid many mementoes of their royal past, since 2002. The palace welcomes its guests who receive a homely hospitality, a royal ambience within a green rural backdrop. Built in the first quarter of the last century, and rebuilt and set in a garden in 1937, Kanker Palace was earlier known as Radhanivas Bagicha. With its Colonial style architecture, the Palace is majestic, elegant, and has an old world charm and ambience.
The splendid architecture of the palace is designed with spacious rooms, exquisitely decorated windows and ventilators, high ceiling and a cosy sitting overlooking the beauty of the surrounding. Set amidst the beautiful landscaped gardens, Royal Palace Kanker has three modern and well-equipped suites. The Palace has a large dining room serving delicious Indian cuisines. Besides, there is a small sitting area on the verandah that offer a breathtaking view of the lush surroundings. The main essence of the palace is the ambience that is preserved here since years. The main essence of the palace is the ambience that is preserved here since years.
The ideal season to visit the Kanker Palace is form October to March, as most of the festival like Narayanpur mandi (February-March), Baster Dussehra
(October), Kanker mandi (January) and others are celebrated during this period. One can also visit the weekly haat or the market organized at Bahaigaon and Narayanpur, on Sundays and Thursdays. The backyard of the Palace consists of mango orchard, paddy farm and vegetable garden adding to its natural beauty and charm. Kanker Palace in Kanker is very well connected by rail, road and air.