The Kanha National Park is spread across an area of 940 sq km, the Kanha National Park is considered to be the largest National parks located in Madhya Pradesh. The Kanha National Park is famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers which are in good numbers. The Kanha National Park is also famous for preserving one of the most beautiful endangered species, Barasingha.
The Kanha National Park is one of the most well maintained National Park in the entire Asian continent and is also famous as part of the Project Tiger. The award-winning show of National Geographic, ‘Land of the Tigers' was shot here and also marks residence of leopards and Wild dogs.
Why to Visit Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year which actually has a natural variety and is a home for over 200 species of flowering plants. There are 70 different species of trees found in Kanha National Park.
There are also different varieties of herbivorous and carnivorous animals. According to which some of the mammals include Tiger, Panther, Chital, Sambar, Barasingha, Black Buck, Chousingha, Gaur, Wild-pig, Langur, Sloth Bear, Jackal and Wild Dogs. Some of the reptiles include Python, Indian Cobra, Russel’s Viper, Common Rat Snake, Indian Krait, Common Skink, Indian Monitor, Fan Throated Lizard and the Indian Garden Lizard. Marine life includes Giant Danio, Common Rasbora, Mud Perches, Brown Snakehead and the Green Snake Head.
Some of the Avi-fauna creatures include 300 different varieties such as the Black ibis, Bee Eaters, Cattle Egrot, Blossom Headed Parakeets, Pond Heron, Drongos, Common Teal, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Indian Roller, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutants, Little Grebes, Lesser Whistling Teal, Minivets, Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Paradise Flycatchers, Pigeon, Mynas, Red wattled lapwing, Red jungle fowl, Steppe Eagle, White eyes buzzard, Tickell’s flycatcher, white breasted kingfisher, wood shrikes, white browed fantail flycatcher and warblers are some of the beautiful bird species among the hundreds.
Where is Kanha National Park Located
The Kanha National Park is located in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of the country which forms the central highlands. The National Park is spread across two districts known as the Mandala and the Kalaghat. The National Park was declared as the Tiger reserve in the year 1879 and was insisted as a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1933. It was upgraded as a National Park in the year 1955.
How to Reach Kanha National Park
There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Jabalpur. Road Transfer can be organized till the National Park via taxi services. By railways, Jabalpur, Nagpur, and Gondia are well connected via Indian Railways from all parts of the country. The India Railways has a special quota on most of the trains of the Indian railways for defense personnel and foreigners. Special trains can be booked from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Kolkata.
Best time to visit Kanha National Park
The best time to visit the National Park is from the months of October to June.
Opening and closing hours of Park and Safari Timing
The Safari Timings in Kanha are:
From 16th of October to 15th of February which includes morning hours from sunrise to 11 am in the morning and the afternoon session is from 2 pm to sunset
From 16th February to 15th April the morning timing is from sunrise to 11 am and the afternoon timing is from 3 pm to sunset.
From 16th April to 30th June, the morning timing is from sunrise to 10 am in the morning and the afternoon timing us from 3 pm to sunset.
The Kanha National Park Jeep Safari is closed for afternoon session every Wednesday.
Charges of Safari and Other Fee
The Safari fees for single seat Jeep Safri is Rs 250 whereas the Full vehicle charge for Jeep Safari is Rs 1500.
Guide fees per Safari in the Kanha National Park are Rs 360.
Tourist vehicle charges inside the Kanha National Park are Rs 2000.
Essential Tips for the Visitors
Drive slow inside the Kanha National Park so as to enjoy your wildlife tours without disturbing the wildlife.
Keep driving only in the directed ways inside the National Park.
Respect wild animals and maintain distance from them as the National Park is the only home for these wild species.
The visitors are requested not to get disappointed if tigers are not spotted, there are a lot of other animals on the way.
The Park is not a zoo so the visitors should not expect animals here and there
Maintain silence and keep the park pollution free. Please don’t litter wastages such as plastic, cans, foils etc which might harm the health of wild animals.
Listen to your guide and follow every instruction directed by your personal guide. He knows better than anyone else in the jungle.
Do not light fire in the forest, it is strictly prohibited.
Smoking is also strictly prohibited inside the Jungle.
Nearby other Attraction of Kanha National Park
The main attractions of the Park include the Kanha Museum. The Kanha Museum is a place where detailed information about the topography of the Park is recorded and also some of the aspects of the National park is gathered in this museum.
The Kawardha Palace which is actually a resort built by King Dharamraj Singh between the year 1936 and 1939. The resort is constructed of Italian marble. There are also some of the major instructions nearby this palace such as the Krishna Temple, Bhoremdeo Temple, Mandawa Mahal and Madan Manjari Mahal.
A spot named Bamni Dadar which is also known as the Sunset Point which offers a wonderful view of the sunset. Visitors can also view some of the animals such as gaur, sambar, four-horned antelope and barking deer from this point.
The village of Boda Chapri is famous for the Medicinal Plantation Conservation Area. The area is remote and dense in the forest. But it is one of the amazing places to be explored.