Sprawled across a vast landscape of 1945 sq km including the core and the buffer zones, Kanha National Park commonly known as Kanha Tiger Reserve is located in Madhya Pradesh, the state in central India. It was founded in the year 1955 and got the accreditation of a Tiger Reserve under project Tiger in the year 1974. The interesting terrain of the national park is one of its major attractions. It has a horse shoe shaped valley, surrounded by Maikal Range. The flowing Surpan River through Kanha's central fields and grasslands covering the vast plateau region is the source of water of the forest inmates.
There is an exclusive destination within Kanha Tiger Reserve is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point. This place offers an awestruck view of bright sunbeams going down the horizon, with frisking animals at the foreground. Another outstanding attribute of this national park are the open grassy meadows, which is the common grazing field for blackbuck, swamp deer (Barsingha), sambhar and chital. Hence jungle safari booking Kanha Tiger Reserve provides an amalgamation of witnessing the beauty of nature and wilderness. The scenic Kanha National Park is known as one of the inspirations of famous writer Rudyard Kipling for his classic creation, “The Jungle Book”
Moreover, Kanha Tiger Reserve is the first Tiger reserve in India to conserve many rare species like "Barasingha" – one of the symbolic variants of hardground swamp deer. It is not only famous for saving this clan from extinction, but also is the successful breeding ground for them. Owing to its reputation for this, Kanha National Park is known to be the best managed national parks of Asia. For wildlife enthusiasts, jungle Safari Kanha is once in a lifetime achievement.
There are three types of vegetation found in Kanha National Park namely, the Moist Peninsular Sal Forests, Southern Tropical Moist Mixed Deciduous Forest and Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forest. The primary variety of Sal, Lendia, Dhawa, Saja, Tendu, Palas, Bija, Mahua, Aonla, Achar and Bamboo. Along with it, there are several species of climbers, forbs and grasses found here.
Kanha is unique as it houses the exclusive “Barasingha”. Additionally, it is a renowned tiger reserve of central India, as it is the home for magnificent Royal Bengal Tigers. The other inmates of this national park are Panther, Chital, Sambar, Black buck, Barking deer, Chousingha, Gaur, Langur, Wild pig, Jackal, Sloth bear, Wild dog etc from the mammal species. The reptile clan of the national park includes the presence of Python, Indian Cobra, Russell's Viper, Common Rat Snake, Indian Krait, Common Skink, Indian Monitor, Fan Throated Lizard and Indian Garden Lizard etc. In addition to this, the reserve houses around 300 species of birds and has always been a desired destination for bird watchers.
Kanha Tiger Reserve has eight Zones divided in four core zones and four buffer areas. Kanha, Kisli, Mukki and Sarhi are the four core zones and Khatia, Khapa, Sijhora and Phen Sanctuary are the buffer areas.
There are three entry gates that for the core and buffer zones for Kanha Tiger Reserve and there are several resorts and hotels close to the gates.
The three entry gates are:
The accessibility to the buffer areas are available from Khatiya and Mukki gate.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kanha National Park is from 15th October to 30th June. There are morning and evening timings for safari from the dedicated entry gates. There are plenty number of vehicles allowed inside the park. Jungle safari online booking for Kanha National Park is also available, where tourists can book the safari in advance and enjoy the adventurous trip.
How to reach
By air –
By Rail – The nearest railway stations are Bilaspur (175 kms), Gondia (127 kms), Jabalpur (214 kms), Nagpur (280 kms) and Raipur (216 kms). Tourists can hire a cab to reach Kanha National Park.
By road – Kanha is well connected via road from different parts of India. The nearest cities are Jabalpur (160 kms), Raipur (250 Kms) and Nagpur (280 kms).
Kanha National Park is vast and it provides an enthralling scope to witness the magnificent wildlife of central India. It is one of the best destinations for enjoying jungle safari near Jabalpur. Considering the widespread periphery of this tiger reserve near Jabalpur area, it is recommended to book hotels in Kanha nearby to the entry gates. Nature’s Sprouts helps you to get the best deal in booking best hotels and resorts in Kanha National Park, which are close to the entry gates. We also provide jungle safari booking Khatiya, Mukki and Sarhi gates. Nature’s Sprout is dedicated to make your vacation at Kanha Tiger Reserve, the most exciting and memorable wildlife trip!