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Kanha National Park
Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, India is not only the best national park with highest number of tiger count but also a beautiful national park with dense jungle, amazing meadows and breath taking landscapes. It is a perfect place for travelers looking for natural beauty, inner solace, wildlife, bird watching, holidaying with family, learning, photography etc. The jungle of Kanha is also known as Sal forest as it’s mainly consist of Sal trees that has enveloped Kanha in every nook and corner. The Sal trees at Kanha are very thick and heighted almost touching the sky. During the drives on the roads that passes through these dense Sal forest one can imagine that these trees are very lazy, lethargic, yawning and sleepy.
Kanha offers some wonderful jungle resorts and lodges that give luxury and still being rustic and eco-friendly. The experience of staying in these unique jungle lodges and resort of Kanha is just out of the world. The jungle resorts and jungle lodges in Kanha national park are mainly situated in Kisli, Mocha and Mukki villages.
Budget but good hotels at kanha national park are also located in Kisli area. Kisli is mostly prevalent for the travelers coming from Jabalpur as it is closets from Jabalpur. People coming from Nagpur can stay either at Kisli or Mukki. However, for people coming from Raipur, it is advised that they should stay at jungle resorts situated in Mukki because of easy proximity and good roads.
Kanha National Park is a world famous national park. It is famous for its beautiful jungles, forest management, magnificent landscapes, rich wildlife and of course the Royal Bengal Tigers. There are approx 131 Tigers in Kanha National Park. Rudyard Kipling:- British author and Nobel Laureate, set his tales of the boy brought up by wolves in the Jungle of Kanha National Park in ‘The Jungle Book’. Tour Enquiry
Kanha National park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and it extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms. The major feature of this region’s interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal.
By a special statue in 1955, Kanha national park came into being since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park’s flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered national parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wild life lovers a true haven for its animal and avian population. Kanha national park has 22 species of mammals.
Kanha’s Sal and Bamboo forest ,rolling grasslands and meandering stream stretch over the 940 km. The abundance and wild life species in Kanha national park, forms the core of the Kanha tiger reserve created in1974 under project tiger. The park is only habitat of the rare hard grounder Barasingha.
Wildlife at Kanha:
Mammalian Species : Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are the striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig, chital or spotted dear, barasingha or swamp deer, sambar and blackbuck. Tour Enquiry
Less commonly seen species are : Tiger, Indian Hare, dhole or Indian wild dog, barking deer and Indian Bison or gaur.
Very rarely seen species are : Wolf, chinkara, Indian pangolin, ratel and porcupine.Avian Species: Kanha National Park has some 200 species of birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the mixed and bamboo forests harbour many species and in the grassy forest clearings. Water birds can be seen near the park’s many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by water birds and the area in front of the museum.
:Patient watching should reward the visitor, with a sight of Indian Fox, Sloth bear, Striped hyena, Jungle cut, Lepord, Mouse Deer, Chausingha or four horned antelope, Nilgai, Ratel and Porcupine.
In 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two santuaries; Hallon and Banjar of 250kms to 300kms each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded .The area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the year that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952. Information Center: Tour Enquiry
Safaris at Kanha :
Safaris at Kanha is done on an open jeep which accommodates 6 persons. Not more then 6 persons are allowed to enter into the park. Along with the drive a licensed guide will also accompanying the tourist as per the rule.
The safaris into the national park are distributed into following zones
Kanha Zone, Kisili zone, Sarhi zone and Mukki zone. One has to buy the entry tickets of the park for any of the above listed zones depending upon the availability. Kanha zone is the premium zone which has higher entry charges. The probability of sighting a tiger is more in this zone. However, sighting a tiger purely depends on the luck of the person. Anybody can see tigers in any of the zone. There are many other beautiful animals, birds, flora and fauna which are available in the park to see and appreciate. Therefore, tourist should come with a mind that just the Tiger sighting is not important for them but enjoying the national park as a whole with all the animals, birds flora and fauna is also important for them.
Timings of the safaris
There are 02 safaris authorized by the park authorities per day one is early in the morning from 06 a.m till 10 a.m and the other is in the afternoon which is3 p.m till sunset. Closing day: Every Wednesday the evening safari is closed at Kanha , Bandhavgarh and Pench national park.
How to Reach Kanha National Park : Travel and tours to Kanha national parks mostly starts from Jabalpur which is the nearest railway station and airport as well. We also offer customized tours to Kanha national park which may also incorporate Bandhavgarh national park in the itinerary.
By Air : Jabalpur at 200 -kms is the nearest airport connected directly with New Delhi and Mumbai airport to visit Kanha National Park.
By Rail : Jabalpur at 175-kms is the convenient rail head to visit Kanha.
By Road : Kanha National Park is connected by road with Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Raipur 219-kms. Within the park: Koshi – Kanha (9-kms), Kishi – Katia (4-kms), Kishi – Mukki (32-kms). Tour Enquiry
For the tourist traveling in train they have to arrive at Jabalpur railway station which is connected with all the trains from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. From Delhi there are around 5 trains which are directly connected to Jabalpur. Tourist can also board the train originated from Delhi at Agra and Gwalior. Jaipur is also connected directly to Jabalpur.
Jabalpur is also connected to Delhi and Mumbai. The Spice jet flight takes off from Delhi early in the morning to Jabalpur. The same carrier flies to Mumbai after landing at Jabalpur. Thereafter, it follows the return route i.e Mumbai-Jabalpur-Delhi. There is another flight of Air India which is thrice a week connecting Delhi-Jabalpur which is also an early morning flight.
Most of the train arrive Jabalpur in the morning. The tourist can either drive straight to Kanha from Jabalpur station or can check-in the hotel in Jabalpur and see Bheraghat, Dhuandhar, Balancing rock, Museum etc. One can stay at Jabalpur at the hotels located in the city or a hotel at Bheraghat. Madhya Pradesh tourist development corporation has got a very good hotel at Bheraghat which is at the top of the hill overlooking the Narmada river flowing between the marble mountains. It’s a good place to stay and is around 25 km from the railway station.
The best way to reach Kanha is by pre arranging the taxi. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Kanha by a car with a brief halt at the Mandala. One can easily catch the afternoon safari to the National park once they reach Kanha.
Best Season to Visit Kanha National Park :
February to June although cool season (October to February) is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. The park is closed from July 01 to October 01 because of the monsoon.
Park Visit Timings :
1. 15 November to 15 February – Sunrise to 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm to Sunset.
2. 16 February to 30 April – Sunrise to 1200 noon and 4.00 pm to Sunset.
3. 1 May to 30 June – Sunrise to 11.00 am and 5.00 pm to Sunset. Tour Enquiry
Entry Tickets at Kanha National Park :
One can book the entrances into the national park on line on the following website
It is better to book the entrances into the park well in advance to secure the entrances.
Hotels in Kanha :
Hotels in Kanha are situated at the two locations. The nearest location is towards the Kisli when one is driving from Jabalpur. The other location is towards Behiyar and is closer to the tourist driving from Nagpur. Hotel of all categories are available at Kanha National park.
It is better to pre book the hotel on American plan i.e on full board as there is a scarcity of restaurants in Kanha at both the areas listed above. Moreover, the resorts are also located at far distances and it is not easy to move from one place to another unless you have your own vehicle available there.
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