Kanha national park
Where the jungle comes alive
Kanha National park Tourism
More popularly known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve, it covers a core area of 940 square kilometers, making it the largest National Park in central India, and one of the biggest in the country. It is spread across two districts of Mandla and Balaghat, located 30 and 80 kilometers from them respectively. And to fill all the geographical area that it encompasses, the reserve is abundantly blessed with scores of different flora and fauna. The flora has over a thousand species of flowering plants. Some commonly spotted fauna are the Barasingha, barking deer, Sambhar, Indian fox, badger, and Indian wild dog. The reserve has been instrumental in hosting some rare and endangered species and also in successful reintroduction of a few previously endangered species.
These are the forests that are depicted in the world-famous novel of 'The Jungle Book', by Rupyard Kipling. It is also the first ever tiger reserve in India to introduce its own mascot, 'Bhoorsingh, the Barasingha'. Established in the year 1955, the park was taken under Project Tiger reserve n 1974. It is a captivating landscape spread into open meadows or maidans, where several species of grass can be found growing. Other than the flora and fauna, another major attraction of the park is Bamni Dadar, the highest plateau in the park. It offers great panoramic views of the entire National Park, the meadows and the water bodies. This is the generally the last location for most evening safaris and is a place where a lot of Bison and Barking deer spotting are recorded.
Safari at Kanha
Book a jeep safari where you will be taken to the deeper hotspots for more spottings of the regulars like Bison, Barking deer, sloth bears, and Barasingha. The safari operates in two slots, morning and evening slots. The morning slot is from sunrise to 12 noon and the evening slot is from 3:00 pm to sunset. Sightings of animals are better during early mornings and late evenings. Renting out a jeep for the safari would cost around Rs.1500-2000/jeep. You could also take the elephant safari which is price around Rs.300-600/head, available typically during the morning slot.
Top things do in Kanha National park
How to reach
Though it is kind of located in the southern end of Madhya Pradesh, it is very well connected to all major cities of the state and that of neighboring states. Regular state-operated and private buses are available at also times. Also, there is a high demand for private taxi services to reach the park.
How to Reach by Flight
The Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to the Kanha National Park, which is located at 120 Kilometers from the park. From here a private taxi ride can be conveniently booked. Raipur and Nagpur Airports are the next nearest airports to the park.
How to Reach by Train
Kanha does not have its own Railway Station. The nearest Rail Station is located in Gondia, which is a 3-hour drive from the park. The next nearest is Jabalpur which is a 4-hour drive.
How to Reach by Bus
When traveling from Jabalpur, you can take a bus to the district of Mandla and then take another connecting bus to Kanha-Kisli. There are a good number of state-operated buses serving the area.
How to Reach by Road
The Mukki and Khatia entrance of the Park are what are used most by visitors. While traveling from Jabalpur by road via Niwas road and MP state highway 22, the journey would take 4-5 hours and you would go through the Mukki Gate. The roadways are well maintained and relatively safe.
How to travel within
Kanha National park Itinerary
Plan so you reach Jabalpur in the afternoon and tour around the city for a bit before you head to Kanha. Once you reach, check into one of their jungle lodges or high-end luxury resorts depending on your budget, and enjoy your night between the hooting of the jungle.
Charge yourself to energy packed breakfast and start by touring the reserve which houses large populations of The Great Bengal Tiger. Also tour the other reserve that houses the Bison, Swamp deer, and Barasingha. At the end of the day, spend some time at Bamni Dadar, which is the sunset point of Kanha National park.