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Kanha National Park

kanha-national-park-indiaKanha Tiger Reserve is a internationally renowned National Park of Central India. It is located in ‘Maikal’ ranges of eastern base of triangular Satpura range in Central Indian Highlands of Madhya Pradesh State of India. It falls under Mandla & Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in 1972, when Project Tiger program was initiated in India by government to protect Royal Bengal Tigers, nine tiger reserves were established in different states of India. Among those nine tiger reserves, Kanha National Park was one of them. Tiger Reserve covers area of 1949 sq. km. in total which comprises core zone (National Park) of 940 sq. km. and buffer zone (Multiple use area) of 1009 sq. km. Kanha National Park is known for its distinguished flora & fauna. Apart from Tigers, Kanha has also distinguished itself in saving the highly endangered hard ground Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli branderi) also known as Swamp Deers. These Barasingha’s are close to extinction and its last world population is in Kanha National Park. Kanha National Park was created on 1-June-1953 by combining two wildlife sanctuatires, Hallon and Banjar. Actually Hallon & Banjar are two prominent rivers of Kanha National Park around which whole national park was flourished.

Kanha National park has a picturesque topography with huge plateaus, meadows and valleys. Such huge grass-lands and meadows like Sondhar/Sondar, Bishanpura, Ghorella are lands of local villagers before project tigers. Although Banjar and Hallon are major rivers of Kanha. but some other small rivers are also their like Sulkum Nila etc.Park beauty is end- less and make you feel as heaven is here on every next moment visitor can find something never seen before. Kanha continues to sway the imaginations of visitors and considered as the most scenic and well-managed National Park in Asia.

At present one can enter into core zone of Kanha National Park through two popular entrance gates i.e. Khatia gate & Mukki entrance gate. Among them Khatia gate is the oldest entry gate of Kanha National Park which allows access to all four safari zones i.e. Kanha zone, Kisli zone, Sarhi zone and Mukki zone. Due to distance problem, we recommend Khatia gate for mainly 3 safari zones i.e. Kanha, Kisli and Sarhi. In order to visit Mukki safari zone, we suggest to use Mukki gate. If guest has take hotel near Khatia gate, then he/she should visit Mukki zone in morning round only, through Khatia entrance gate, as safari duration of Morning safari round is more than evening safari round. Similarly if guest has take stay near Mukki entrance gate then access to Sarhi zone is difficult so it should be avoided to book and if guest want to visit Kanha & Kisli zones, then he/she should go for morning round to visit them. In evening round, they should visit Mukki zone. All the safari zones are good and have their own importance. Park remain open for Tourists from 1st October to 15th June but dates may vary as per decision of Forest Department.

How to reach
Kanha National Park is in Madhya Pradesh state of Central India. It is spread over Maikal ranges of Satpura hills in south-east of Madhya Pradesh. Some important access points for Kanha Tiger Reserve are as given below:

Access Points
Kanha Khatia Gate
(Distance in Kms.)
Kanha Khatia Gate
(Distance in Kms.)
Jabalpur (Airport)
165
210
Nagpur (Airport)
290
320
Raipur (Airport)
290
250
Bandhavgarh National Park
260
300
Pench National Park
190
220
Satpura National Park
380
430

Best time to visit
Kanha Tiger Reserve remain open for visitors from 16th Oct. to 30th June. Best time to visit Kanha National Park varies with the purpose to visit. If you are a forest photography lover the the months of Oct-Nov-Dec are considered good for forest photography and birds photography. Feb-Mar-Apr-May are considered good for tiger photography and sighting. It is good time to see tigress with cubs and tigers around water holes. During this time, due to dry grass and low laying grass, visibility is more. Months of Mar-April are also good for sloth bear sighting as due to fruits like "Mahua" drops from Indian Butter Tree, bears often seen under this tree.

Kanha Jungle Safari
Like other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, here in Kanha also 02 safari rounds are offered to visitors i.e. Morning round & Afternoon round. On every Wednesday, park remains closed for evening safari round. Similarly all national parks of Madhya Pradesh (including Kanha national park), remains closed for full-day on Diwali & Holi festival days. Duration of Morning safari is more than afternoon safari. Here safaris are done on open petrol-jeep in the company of trained safari guide, allotted at the time of safari entrance. Kanha Safari can be booked online or through a travel agent/resort. Kanha Safari timings are :

Safari Round
Entry Time
Exit Time
Morning Safari
06:00
11:00
Evening Safari
15:00
17:45

In a single safari-jeep, maximum 06 visitors are allowed excluding safari guide & driver. Here two safari booking options are offered by Forest Department, one which allows us to book full-jeep to enjoy exclusive safari drives, preferred by wildlife photographers etc, but is costly one. Those who are looking for economical version of jungle safari, they can book their safari ticket on per-seat basis and share the guide fee+jeep fee with other companions of that particular safari vehicle. One more option is available for walk-in customers i.e. Canter safari, which is a open bus and here also seats can be booked on per-seat basis. It means if you are 01 person or 06 person, charge will remain same. During jungle safari, nobody is allowed to dis-mount safari jeep for any reason. At the time of entry in park, all the visitors as mentioned in safari-ticket are verified with their identification proof (in original) which means only those visitor's are allowed to do safari whose name is mentioned in safari ticket. Visitor's ID proof is verified are every safari round. Usage of mobile-phone, radio, match-box is totally banned (offence) inside park. Department is mainly reluctant towards elephant safari in Kanha national park. This is mainly because very limited elephants are available for park managements and their primary duty is patrolling thus elephant rides are offered to wildlife photographers, on written request, at very high cost, with permission of Kanha Field Director. Elephant ride permission given 24hrs before actual safari date so assurance in advance can't be secured.

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