Nestled in Central India among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, Mahua Kothi is housed in one of India's most beautiful national parks, Bandhavgarh National Park. The dramatic landscape features tropical forests and woodlands, and steep rocky hills with flat grasslands in the valleys below. The reserve supports one of the highest densities of tigers on the Subcontinent. Its hilly open terrain includes many large grassland meadows that offer good chances of sightings. The Park is also home to a large variety of mammals: leopard, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, rhesus macaque, grey langur, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, jackal, fox, and wild dog.
The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. Pronounced 'ma-hoo-a', this tree with its fleshy off-white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals.