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Kanha National Park

Central India Tourism
INTRODUCTION
Kanha National Park is located in Mandla & Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh in Central India. It is one of the most well managed, tourist friendly & popular tiger reserves of India. It is considered as second National Park of India and was among first nine national park selected for implementation of Project Tiger in India in year 1974. It lies in Mandla district of state in Satpura Maikal ranges. It was first declared as national park on 01/June/1955 by merging Hallon and Banjar wildlife sanctuaries. At present Kanha Tiger Reserve covers 1949 sq.kms. of area in which 940 sq.km. area is core zone and remaining area is counted in Buffer zone of Kanha reserve. It is a not only popular national park for tiger tourism but also the only natural habitat of highly endangered hard-ground Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli branderi). Successful Barasingha conservation is counted among major achievement of Kanha national park. Do jungle safari in Kanha forest is a fabulous experience for any wildlife lover as it offers picturesque topography with huge plateaus, meadows and valleys. Here we will find semi-deciduous which means even in peak summers, you will find some greenery in park. At present, four safari zones are open for visitors in which one is premium zone and other three are non-premium zones. Popular entrance gates for park are Khatia and Mukki gates. During safaris, most commonly seen mammals are Indian Gaur, Hard-ground Barasingha, Tigers, Spooted Deer, Sambar, Leopard, Black-faced Langurs. In buffer zone we will find small villages and fields. These villages are of local tribal people like Baigas, Gonds, Saharia etc. In this web page we have shared some vital Kanha park information which is good to be known to visitors.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
At Kanha national park, Jungle Safari is the main tourism activity for tourists. In addition to this, one can do limited nature walk, birding and village visit. Their is no popular tourist spot near park area which one can visit while staying at resort in Kanha. While staying at Kanha resorts, tourists can visit Kanha forest through jungle safari drives, which is done on open jeeps in company of forest guide. Here park is divided into 4 zones i.e. Kanha zone, Kisli zone, Sarhi zone and Mukki zone. Through Khatia entrance gate, we can visit first three zones where as through Mukki entrance gate, we can easily visit Mukki safari zone. Their are number of important areas in Kanha which falls in different safari zones.

KANHA SAFARI ZONES
Here we have listed names of some important areas in Kanha national park. These names are categorized according to their zone-wise location so that if any tourist want to visit any particular area/s, he/she would take safari ticket of that particular safari zone/s.
KANHA SAFARI ZONES
Kanha Zone Kisli Zone Sarhi Zone Mukki Zone
Kanha Meadows Digdola Jamuntola Bishanpura
Kanha Museum Sonf Meadows Ronda Camp Bamni Dadar
Shravan Chita Kope Dabri Mahuadabri Duke's Road
Shravan Tal Magarnala Urnakhera Camp Ghorella
Dashrath Machaan Mochidadar Silpura Meadows Sondar Meadows
Bison Road Chimta Camp -- Babathenga Tank
Nakti Ghati Amahi -- Lapsi Kabar
Umerpani Soonaghat -- Umar Jhola

HOW TO REACH
Reaching Kanha by Air :
Nearest airport for reaching Kanha national park is Jabalpur airport. It is just 170kms from Kanha national park (Khatia gate). It has direct flight connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai etc. Second best option is Nagpur airport which is about 290kms/06:30hrs from Kanha. It is comparatively larger airport with better connectivity. Third option is Raipur airport at a distance of 260kms/06:00hrs from Kanha Mukki gate. Further journey from these airports to Kanha national park is done through taxi vehicles. We offer car rental service from all these airports.
DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
From
Distance
(in Kms)
Bandhavgarh 260
Jabalpur 165
Pench National Park 200
Pachmarhi 400
Amarkantak 270
Nagpur 290


By Train / Railways :
Nearest railway station for reaching Kanha national park in Jabalpur (railway code:JBP), at a distance of 165kms. Jabalpur station have direct train connectivity from major tourist destinations and cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Bhopal, Agra, Jaipur, Gwalior, Varanasi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune etc. Further journey is to be done by road. From Jabalpur to Kanha national park, bus and taxi service is available.

By Road :
Kanha national park is well connected by road from rest of the India. It has road connectivity from all directions and can be reached in any season. It is well connected with nearby important cities like Jabalpur, Raipur, Nagpur, Bandhavgarh national park, Pench, Pachmarhi etc. We offer car rental service from all these places to Kanha park or vice-versa. Rewa (261 km) and Shahdol (67 km).

KANHA TAXI SERVICE
We offer tourist taxi service for visiting Kanha national park. As most of the tourists are reaching through flights and trains to nearby airports/railway-stations. For further journey to Kanha, they require reliable taxi service. To fulfill their car hire requirement, we offer Kanha car rental service in which different type of tourist vehicles are made available for reaching Kanha park. Using given car rental service, tourists can visit this national park and its nearby tourist destinations. As per their convenience, guests can hire vehicles on different modes like one-way transfer, two-way transfer or for complete tour package. Some of the prominent taxi service routes are Jabalpur to Kanha, Kanha to Bandhavgarh, Nagpur to Kanha, Raipur to Kanha, Pachmarhi to Kanha, Kanha to Amrakantak etc.

JUNGLE SAFARI
Jungle safari is the main tourism activity to be done at Kanha national park. Here two rounds of jungle safaris are offered in a day. On every Wednesday, park remains closed for evening safari. Here safaris are done on open jeeps in company of trained forest guide. For undertaking safari drives, you need to have safari ticket and safari vehicle. Their are 4 safari zones in Kanha whose details have been given above. In Kanha national park, only limited vehicles are allowed to enter which is controlled through issuing limited safari tickets. By using one safari ticket, visitor is allowed to visit in one safari zone only. During any safari drives, tourists are bound to obey forest rules and guide is the supreme authority to check that all the rules are obeyed properly and tourists have enjoyed the jungle safari in Kanha national park .

MAMMALS
Here we have shared mammals checklist of Kanha national park.
KANHA MAMMALS
Barasingha Nilgai Barking Deer (Muntjak) Chital
Gaur Wild Dog Hyena Jackal
Leopard Jungal Cat Langur Mouse Deer
Tiger Sambar Sloth Bear Indian Wolf
Ruddy Mongoose Wild Boar Common Palm Civet Small Indian Civet
Greater False Vampire Smooth-coated Otter Indian Palm Squirrel Five-stripped Squirrel
Flying Squirrel Common Mongoose Indian Fox Ratel
Indian Flying Fox Indian Porcupine Indian Hare Indian Pangolin
Indian Pipistrelle Chowsingha Lesser Rat-tailed Bat Naked-bellied Tomb Bat
Long-armed Shealth-tailed Bat Fulvous Fruit Bat Pouch-beating Bat Anderson's Shrew
Madras Tree Shrew House Shrew Pygmy Shrew --

BIRDS IN KANHA
Kanha national park is also the best place for bird watching in Central India. Their are about more than 280 bird species found in Kanha forest. Some of the commonly seen Kanha birds are: Indian Roller, Pied Myna, Golden Oriole, Shama, Indian Tree Pipit, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Black-capped Kingfisher, Common Hoopoe, Red Junglefowl, Green Bee-eater, Common Teal, Rufous Woodpecker, Coopersmith Barbet, Indian Grey Hornbill, Barn owl, Jungle Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Pied Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Greater Coucal, Saurus Crane, Spotted Dove, Common Sandpiper etc. Some of the popular birding areas in Kanha national park are Shravan Tal, Naag Bahera, Bamni Dadar, Babathenga Tank, Sondar Tank, Garhi Road etc. November to April is considered as good time for bird watching in Kanha.

CLIMATE & WEATHER
Kanha national park have moderate climate. Here Winter season is from November to March during which morning temperature dips to 1°C and day temperature remains as 18°C. During winters, morning safari drives are more challenging. From April to June months, we can experience the summer season when straight sunlight and heat waves poses challenge in safari drives. In peak summers i.e. on May-June months, temperature reaches 45°C level. With the end of June or beginning of July, monsoon clouds arrives and pours good rainfall. Monsoon season prevails from July to October. During this time, park remains closed for visitors and get prepared for beginning of new season. Here at Kanha tiger reserve you will experience significant difference in day and night temperatures. Due to straight sun-light effect, here day temperature raises swiftly and after sun-set and in early morning hours, we will experience cold. This difference is well experienced in morning safari drives when vehicle enters just before sunrise and exits after sunrise.
Months
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Minimum (°C)
01
10
22
29
33
35
28
23
26
28
20
14
Maximum(°C)
16
30
35
40
44
45
38
35
34
35
30
22

Above temperature chart of Kanha is based on the past years experience. Here we have gathered the average temperatures during each season so that user can get an rough idea. Due to unusual climatic changes, these temperatures may vary.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Kanha national park is open for visitors from 16-October to 30-June. During this period, anyone can visit the park and enjoy the jungle safari. It has been seen that most of the Indian tourists prefers to visit park as per their festival holidays or children school holidays due to which their presence in better in period of October -December and April - June. Where as foreigner tourists prefers the period from November to April due to severe cold in their countries and holidays in their countries. Best time to visit Kanha national park varies as per interest of visitor. Still if your are interested in core wildlife than December to April is the best time to visit Kanha national park. During this period, you can enjoy some best moments of jungle safari. On the other hand if you are not serious wildlife and visiting park as leisure tour then October to April is the best time to visit. During this time wildlife sighting is good, climatic conditions are good and most of the festival falls during this period. Safari tickets are main challenge during this period. In order to enjoy better discounts, May-June months are good as most of the resorts offers some good summer discounts.

ACCOMMODATION
Since restrictions imposed on the tourists entry in Kanha national parks, tourist arrival has been decreased. Here current situations is such that number of rooms in total number of resorts in more than the maximum number of visitors possibly can visit park. It means due to reduction in safari vehicles limit, tourists arrival has been limited causing better rooms availability in resorts. Their could be room problems in popular resorts but by any case you will get the room in Kanha resorts and lodges. Here some of the popular luxury resorts are Banjaar Tola, Shergarh tented camp, Singinawa, Kanha Earth Lodge etc. Some of the popular standard resorts are Bundela Safari Lodge, Krishna Jungle Lodge, Royal Tiger Resort, Baghira Log Huts, Mahua tiger resort etc. Similarly many budet resorts are also their close to Khatia entrance gate.

NEXT TO KANHA
Their are many different popular tourist destinations which can be visited after Kanha national park. If you are interested in wildlife tourism then you can visit to Bandhavgarh, Pench national park, Satpura national park. If you are interested in leisure tourism then you can visit to Amarkantak, Pachmarhi, Jabalpur city. For tribal tourism, you can visit to Kawardha, Raipur and other Chattisgarh destinations.

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