Kanha National Park is a national park and a Tiger Reserve in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Satpura and Maikal mountain peaks nestle this magnificent National Park.
It offers ideal surroundings to the large spectra of the animal kingdom. Kanha is a land of abundant flora and fauna and boasts of a vibrant natural vista. One of the main attractions of this park is the endangered species of the Swamp Deer. Visitors would be enthralled by wild life experiences that the jungle safari offers in Kanha park. It is an altogether different and exciting experience to watch the wild animals in their natural habitat.
In and Around
This place is known as Sunset Point and gives visitors a spectacular view of the sunset. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the park.
The Kanha Museum, located near the entrance of Kisli Gateis an amazing place to explore the tribal culture of the state and to collect interesting facts about this park. The museum is maintained by the forest department of Madhya Pradesh.
Raja Rani is near the visitor centre. There are remains of two giants Sal trees that are worshipped daily by the local people of the place. These two stumps are knows as Raja Rani, depicting the presence these trees in the past.
Shravan tal is a small pond situated in the reserved area. It is considered that Shrawan Kumar carried his blind parents and fetched water from this pond. Hence, the pond is named after Shawan Kumar after Dashratha, father of Rama shot Shrawan with his bow and arrow.
Jungle Safari at Kanha National Park
The main attractions of this national park are jungle safaris. The Jeep safari is the best way to explore the animals and forest area. Elephant safari is also an option in which one can explore the whole forest royally sitting on the elephant’s back. The option of safari for visitors is from October to June in the early morning or in the late afternoon.
Bird watching at Kanha national park
Kanha National Park provides around 300 species of birds for the bird watchers. The species of birds include both resident and migratory which are of great interest to the visitors. Kanha national park is home to many migrating birds in the winter season. Eagle, red jungle fowl, common peafowl, bee eaters, the Indian roller, the racquet tailed drongo, the Indian grey hornbill and the Malabar pied hornbill are some of the rarely seen species in India.
A weekly market
A weekly market is held every Friday at Sarekha village and on Wednesdays at Kumadehi village, both of which make interesting visits.
Elephant safaris as joy rides (1 hour) or half-day excursions (4 hours) can be organized through the forest department. As the elephants’ main duties are to patrol the park and help with conservation efforts, bookings can never be guaranteed.
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.
How to Reach
The Nearest Airport for Kanha National Park are Jabalpur 160 Kms, Raipur 250 Kms & Nagpur 300 Kms.
The Nearest Railway Stations for accessing Kanha National Park is Gondia & Jabalpur. Gondia railway station is 145kms / 03:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Khatia Entrance Gate). Jabalpur railway station is 160kms / 04:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Mukki Entrance Gate).
Kanha National Park is well connected from the major destinations of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
There are a number of resorts and places to stay that provide good accommodation. Popular choices are the Kanha Jungle Lodge and the Kipling Camp Jungle Lodge located just outside the Reserve. For a cheaper option, there are log huts, there are other forest rest houses and cabins, at Khatia, Mukki and Kisli.
Where to Eat
The Baghira Log Huts
Located in the dense jungle, this restaurant at Kisli provides visitors a chance to enjoy nature from a close quarter.