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. 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
There is a museum at Kanha national park, depicting attributes and
activities of the park and the tribal culture of the state of Madhya
April to June & November to January
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
(in Indian Rupees)
(Rates are subject to
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Do not forget to carry
along binoculars and camera. Prior booking and basic information
about the place can be of much help.
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