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Kanha National park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and it extends over an area of overKanha Wildlife National Park, Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, best time to visit, park timings, charges, how to get Kanha, important tips information, Map of Kanha Wildlife National Park 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 parks 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. Those most easily spotted are TIGER, Indian hare, Indian wild dog, the Stripped Palm Squirrel, Common langur, Jackal, Wild Pig, Chital or Spotless deer, Barasingha or Swamp deer, Sambar and black Buck.

Flora & Fauna - Kanha National Park
The terrain inside the park is varied, nonetheless enjoyable. Bamboo forests flow into Sal forests and meadows. There are herds of spotted deer to be seen with smaller herds of beautiful Antelope, the Black Buck. With a little luck, you could also spot the timorous Barking Deer. It's snapping warns other denizens of the forest that a predator is around. There is also a very strong possibility that you will see the Rare Barasingha, the Swamp Deer. Once there were only 66 of these in Kanha, but careful conservation and management raised their population to over 400.

Major Wildlife Attractions of Kanha
Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. First time visitors are often so keen to spot the larger animals that they overlook the smaller ones. There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha. So if you happen to be bird watcher, look forward to a full bird show. Most people are keener to meet Kanha's major attraction, the Tiger; still one has to be patient to spot one.

But while on a mission to find a tiger, one can easily catch glimpses of all the grazers, a Porcupine, many Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, even a Leopard. Other wild attractions in this Tiger country include varieties of Deer - the Barasingha, Chital or Spotted Deer, Chousingha, Nilgai, as well as the majestic Gaur or Indian Bison and wild Pig.

Other Attractions in Kanha
The animals at Kanha are best observed from the elephant back and the open country makes the chance of sightings reasonably good.

Kanha Museum
There is a museum at Kanha national park, depicting attributes and activities of the park and the tribal culture of the state of Madhya Pradesh.


Best Time to Visit

April to June & November to January


Park Timings


Safari Timings : 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Park Timings : 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Park Charges (in Indian Rupees)


  Indian Foreigners
Entry Fees 25.00 500.00
Vehicle 150.00 100.00
Still Camera 40.00 40.00
Video Camera 300.00 300.00
Tiger Show 100.00 600.00
Guide (per vehicle) 100.00 100.00

(Rates are subject to change)


How to Get There


By Air : Jabalpur is the nearest airport, while Nagpur is the nearest most convenient airport. Indian Airlines operates daily Delhi-Nagpur (7:15) and Mumbai-Nagpur (6:40 & 19:40) flights. Jet Airways also has a daily flight schedule of Mumbai-Nagpur and Delhi-Nagpur.

By Rail : Jabalpur (169 kms/4 hrs) is the nearest railhead.

By Road : There are regular to and fro bus services available from Jabalpur to Kanha. Cars can be hired from all the nearby towns to reach Kanha, the choice should however be an all terrain 4 wheel petrol vehicle. The drive from Nagpur to Kisli takes around 6 hours by car. The travel up to Seoni (130 km) on the Jabalpur National Highway is a smooth drive. From Seoni, take a right turn to Keolari, Nainpur and Chiraidongri to finally reach the Kisli gate of the park. Alternately, to reach the Mukki gate, divert away from Seoni through Balaghat and Boihar. Another option is the drive from Jabalpur (well connected by train to major Indian cities) via Tikaria and Mandla. To reach the park from Nagpur, take the NH6 to Bhandara. From there state roads lead to Kanha (Mukki) via Balaghat and Baihar.

Local Transport: The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) operates a Jeep Service for visitors to go around in the park. Advance bookings can be made through the Manager, MPSTDC, Log huts, Kisli. Wild Chalet Resorts at Village Mocha, Kanha can also arrange for local sightseeing.

Distances from Major Cities
Nagpur : 266 km
Khajuraho : 445 km
Nagpur : 270 km


Tips & Important Information

  1. There are two main entry points into the park, Kisli and Mukki (on the western side at a distance of 35 km from one another). Entering from the Kisli gate from Khatia, you will see the most biodiversity.

  2. It is the point of start for most safaris and also a major camping site. Both the entrances have canteens and orientation centres with sale counters where brochures and souvenirs are sold.

  3. Visitors are only allowed to go on jeep safari at designated times, which are in the morning from 6:30 to 10:00 and evening 2:30 to 6:00. Only petrol vehicles are allowed inside the park (speed limit 20 km/hr).

  4. Follow the rules of the park and do not pollute the environs by leaving behind litter and other non biodegradable material. The forest authorities are very strict in enforcing the rule and any discrepancies by the visitors are immediately reported and could mean heavy penalties.

  5. Do not forget to carry along binoculars and camera. Prior booking and basic information about the place can be of much help.

Resorts & Lodges in Kanha Wildlife Park & Tiger Reserve
  1. Singinawa Jungle Lodge

  2. The Baagh

  3. Tuli Tiger Corridor

  4. Camp Dev Vilas

  5. Banjaar Tola

Related Tours & Travel Packages of Kanha
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