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Kanha National Park

Total Coverage Area: 1945 sq. kms./ 94,000 hectares of national park.

Surrounded Area:
Surrounded by 100, 500 hectares of additional buffer area.

Established In : 1933 as a sanctuary

Later Developed As: A National Park 1955 & As a Tiger Reserve In 1975.

Everyone we know wants to see a tiger. Not in a circus: not in a zoo; not even, for that matter a tiger corralled in the vast acres of a safari park, although that's better than not seeing a tiger at all! The best, and by far the most thrilling, way to see a tiger is to come across it when it is free to roam the wilderness of its natural habitat: the fields and forests of India. We've seen wild tigers in many places in our land but nowhere have we seen them as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park.

About Kanha National Park:

Kanha National ParkKanha National Park is Kipling country and the nearby forests were the setting for the "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. It's an outstanding national park and wildlife reserve of Central India, noted for its last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the Swamp Deer (approximately 380). Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck, but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. Most people are keener to meet Kanha's most famous citizen: the Tiger. Thereare a healthy numbers of the Tiger found over here, which may be seen during the day, and is one of the best places left to see them.


There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha National Park. So if you happen to be bird watcher, look forward to a full spotting itinerary. The terrain inside the park is varied, nonetheless enjoyable. Bamboo forests flow into Sal forests and meadows. There are herds of spotted deer to be seen with smaller herds of spotted deer to be seen with smaller herds of beautiful antelope, the black buck. With a little luck, you could also spot the timorous barking deer. It's snapping warns other denizens of the forest that a predator is around. There is also a very strong possibility that you will see the rare Barasingha, the Swamp Deer. Once there were only 66 of these in Kanha, but careful conservation and management raised their population to over 400.

It was at Kanha that the eminent zoologist George Schaller undertook the first ever-scientific study of the tiger. Another landmark at Kanha is the preservation of the 'hard ground' Barasingha. This was achieved by extending the grasslands, relocating villages and by increasing habitat.

The Topography(Kanha National Park):

Kanha has two main valleys, Halon in the east and Banjar in the west, and the grassy 'maidans' (often old village sites), dotted with clumps of forest harbour large numbers of herbivores. The hills offer support sizeable plateaus (locally called 'Dadars') and the characterized by extensive grasslands and scant trees. These 'Dadars' are much favoured by Gaur and Four-horned Antelope.

The forests are deciduous, the main tree being the Sal, and there are large stands of bamboo. Higher up the slopes the forests tend to become dense and mixed with Haldu and Bija trees. Birds in the park include the Painted Partridge, Shaheen Falcon and Golden Oriole.

Mammals residing within the (Kanha National Park):

Rhesus Macaque Wolf Sloth Bear
Small Indian Civet Striped Hyaena Tiger
Indian Muntjac Sambar Gaur
Indian Palm Squirrel Hanuman Langur Bengal Fox
Smooth-coated Otter Four-horned Antelope Indian Hare
Indian Grey Mongoose Jungle Cat Indian Spotted Chevrotain
Chital Nilgai Blackbuck
Indian Porcupine Golden Jackal Dhole
Ratel Ruddy Mongoose Leopard Wild Boar
Swamp Deer Indian Pangolin

Bandhavgarh National ParkBirding in the Bandhavgarh National Park:
Cattle Egret, Pond Heron, Black Ibis, Common Peafowl, Crested Serpent, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Hawk Eagle, Woodpecker, Pigeon, Dove, Parakeet, Babbler and Mynah, Indian Roller, White-Breasted Kingfisher and Gray Hornbill.

Wildlife Safari in the Bandhavgarh National Park:
Winter Timing Summer Timing
Entry Exit Entry Exit
Morning: 07:30 hrs
Evening : 15:00 hrs Morning: 12:00 hrs
Evening : 17:30 hrs Morning: 06:30 hrs
Evening : 17:00 hrs Morning: 11:00 hrs
Evening : 19:00 hrs

Visiting Season (Kanha National Park):
Months from November-June are favorable for visitation in the park; still the best period is February-April.

Access (Kanha National Park):


By Air:
Drive from Jabalpur (6 hours), which is also the nearest airport or from Nagpur (7 hours drive). There are regular air services to Raipur and Nagpur (270 kms) from other airports in India. From these airports one has to drive to the park.

By Rail:
The most convenient railheads for Kanha are Jabalpur and Nagpur. These two are well connected by fast and superfast trains other destinations in India.

By Road:
To access the Kanha National Park there are two ways, via Khatia or via Kisli. From Jabalpur there are daily bus services to these places. From Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Raipur one can hire taxis to the park. No vehicles are allowed inside the park after dark so get there before dusk.