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Kanha Tourism

Kanha Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Mandla
Kanha is located in Madhya Pradesh, in the Maikal range of the Satpura Hills. It was in the year 1955 that Kanha, which was earlier just a wildlife sanctuary, got the status of a national park and was declared officially as a tiger reserve. This park covers a core area of 940 square kilometres and is surrounded by a buffer zone of 1005 square kilometres, with around 150 villages.

History of Kanha

During the British rule in India, the areas of Banjar and Halon served as a hunting ground and according to records, Kanha housed a large population of Swamp Deer or better known in India by the name of Hard-ground Barasingha. However, hunting here was prohibited in the year 1931 due to heavy decline in the population of deer. It was after this that development of Kanha as a wildlife sanctuary started, and by the year 1935, expansion of the sanctuary started by attaching the neighbouring area of Supkhar with Kanha.      

Things to do in Kanha

The Kanha National Park has been very instrumental in saving the endangered species of Swamp Deer, which neared extinction due to excess hunting during the British rule. The Swamp Deer present here are adapted to hard grounds unlike the deer from the northern part that have adapted themselves with the marshy swamps. At Kanha National Park, jungle safari and animal spotting is an exclusive activity, which interests the tourists.

Kanha is very popular for its rich flora and fauna and because of this Kanha is considered as one of the finest national parks in Asia. The national park houses some rare species of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, fox and jackal. The other varieties of wildlife found here include Indian Bison also known as Bos gaurus that are seen here when the winter ends, which is also the best time to visit Kanha. 

Other attractions in Kanha include the Kanha Museum, which is an ancient tribal museum displaying the life and culture of the tribal people living here and Bamni Dadar sunset point. Tourists and adventure enthusiasts can also try out various  packages for trip to Kanha.

Travelling to Kanha

Nagpur airport is the nearest airport to reach Kanha, which is approximately 265 km away. The airport is connected to some of the major cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. Major international airport near to Kanha is Mumbai airport, which is connected to all major cities in India and many international cities.

Located about 175 km from Kanha, the nearest railway station is in Jabalpur with trains connecting Delhi and other major cities. Taxi service is also available between Kanha and Mandla.

Kanha is also well connected by road with daily bus services from Kanha to Jabalpur which is 169 km, Nagpur at 265 km and Bilaspur at 305 km. Also, operating are the private bus agencies with bus services from Kanha to the main cities.

Travel Tips for Kanha

Kanha National Park visits are confined to seasonal variations. The national park is closed from the start of July till October due to monsoon. The visiting hours during this time are only in the early mornings and from late afternoon to sunset, subjected to jeep safaris only.

Accommodation options in Kanha

Hotels in Kanha range from budget hotels and adventure camps properties to jungle resorts.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations

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A Lahiri

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  • A Lahiri
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  274 readers

"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is a National Park famous for Tiger sighting. Though we did not spot any tigers as this is entirely fortuitous, nevertheless the visit in itself is a unique experience. The stillness of the forests, the chirping of birds, the deer herds and the Gaurs(Indian Bison) in their seemingly white socks present a splendid sight. The meandering ways within the dense forests where at every turn you expect to see the Maharaja(Tiger) makes the Safari all the more enjoyable.

The tourist has to plan in advance and book safari months in advance on mponline a Govt of MP portal as otherwise he will fall prey to unscrupulous elements who in the name of off line bookings will fleece the hapless tourist. It is better to book both morning and evening safari if the intention is to see Tiger at all cost.

The winters are soft on the Tourist as also the animals so the chances of sighting Tigers is rare. Summers bring them out near the water holes so chances of Tiger sighting improve. Still you have to be lucky to sight the Maharaja.

There are a number of Tourist Lodges but it is better to book through a reputed agency like MMT as in case of any dispute you have someone to turn to.
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Sudipta Nandy

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  • Sudipta Nandy
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"The call of the wild in hot summer days"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A favourite destination of the lovers of the wildlife from all over India and abroad is one of the best managed National Parks of India. The Kanha National Park is divided into four tourist zones as Kisli, Kanha, Sarhi and Mukki and the entry gates are situated in villages Khatia and Mukki respectively. However, if you have booked the park entry tickets online, you can visit all four zones from both the entry gates.

If you plan to get the tickets from the counter on the same day it is almost impossible to get the tickets of Mukki zone from Khatia gate. The greenery with all its grandeur is magnificent in all the zones, however if you are only interested in tiger sighting, Kanha and Mukki are the best possible choice. Sarhi Zone impressed with variety of birds which were not seen in any other zones. Kanha with all its meadows presents a picturesque view with plenty of cheetals, sambhar and barasingha were easy to spot. The Indian bison is observed in plenty and in all four zones, however we go lucky with tigers in only Kanha and Sarhi Zone. Among other major mammals, wild boar, jackal and barking deers were spotted in Mukki and Sarhi zone. However the adventure of tracking the king of the jungle through the pug-marks and the alarm calls of langur, sambar, chital and barking deer are the unforgettable memories of a truly magnificent jungle holiday.
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Mithlesh Chandrave

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  • Mithlesh Chandrave
  • 1 Review
  •  421 readers

"Kanha Natoinal Park, place of wild"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2016
Kanha is located in balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, India. This place reserves a natural habitat for tigers, deer, wild buffalos, langurs, a wide species of birds etc. It is a very beautiful and nice place to see flora and fauna under natural conditions.
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Milton Halder

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  • Milton Halder
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A trip to land of Tigers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
We travelled to Kanha National Park in last year January with one of my family friends and family. The trip was a memorable one to cherish for years to come. Be it the journey from Gondia railway station to Kanha via Balaghat town, be it our jungle safari in open jeep or sight seeing in and around Kanha. One short it was awesome, that includes our stay in Windsor Tiger Resort, Kanha near Kisli gate. The thrill of watching wild animals and the adventurous cum mysterious dense forest in a chilled early morning was a life time experience for all of us including our children.
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Sudipta Nandy

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  • Sudipta Nandy
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"A must for the nature lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
The journey from Gondia to Kanha itself is a treat as you need to travel in a ghat road along a dense forest with occasional wild life in the road itself. The destination i.e. Kanha is a nature lovers paradise, and specially the jungle safaris are well organized with proper guides. The lush green colour of the Jungle, the mist and the dew and sudden appearance of wild life is going to mesmerizer your thoughts. There are four different forest zones for the Safari and the Kanha zone is the premium one. Better to cover all four zones i.e Kisli, Mukki, Sarhi and Kanha as all are going to surprise you with some special kind of flora or fauna. A memorable experience as a whole.
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Prakash

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  • Prakash
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Adventure trip to Kanha"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
Please make on-line ticket before reach Kanha, otherwise you will have to give in the que in front of ticket counter early in the morning, don't leave the line if you don't get ticket, you can get cancelled ticket which will open on that day at 7:30 am wait for that, don't expect to see tiger on the forest, don't go from Khatia zone because it is buffer zone. Forest is very large and and full of adventure and dense. Overall very good experience.
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Swakhar  Pachal

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  • Swakhar Pachal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Kanha, the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2015
I went to Kanha national park in April after exploring Bandhavgarh national park. It is spread about 940 sq. Km. And the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh. It is the home for Ttiger, Leopard, Jackle, Dhole, Bear, Gaur, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Langur and many other animals. Kanha contributed a lot of effort for rescuing the swamp deer (Barasingha) from extinction. It has the highest density of 'Barasingha' and it is the pride of Kanha. We stayed there for two days and did both morning and afternoon safaris. Kanha is the combination of Sal forest, bamboo forest and extensive meadows. During the safaris we saw there a lot of animals like Gaur, Langur, variety of Deer's, Bengal fox, wild dog and birds like Greater flameback, Peafowl, Jungle fowl, parakeet, Indian grey Hornbill, Vulture, eagle and other unknown birds. We also spotted there a male tiger(Munna) in the 'Munna ka elaka' near 'Sraban talab' (water body) a famous tiger sighting spot in the core zone of Kanha. There is also a small but good museum based on the history, climate, flora & fauna of the national park.

Kanha is full with scenic beauty and spectacular landscape. When you go there and explore the jungle, I am sure you will definitely fall in love with nature.
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Jagdish Ajmeri

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  • Jagdish Ajmeri
  • Lives in Bharuch
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"Best of jungle visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
Place where we forget everything and just watch Nature, Birds, Wild animals and great atmosphere with Tigers at there best attitude enjoying freedom to do anything. Needs passion Open eyes, Keen Observation and enthusiasm to feel the environment of well maintained forest.
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Mihir Kambli

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  • Mihir Kambli
  • Lives in Dombivli
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"A must visit destnation for wildlife lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Great Place! Had been there a couple years ago but still cant forget it. The people around the place very polite and offered good service. There was no issue with mobile network in Kanha so you can instantly share your experiences. A great place for photography- dense forest, amazing surroundings, calm and quiet place. The safari was good too. But the only issue was that when I was there there was a lot of construction work going on there. Stay is not a issue over there. So enjoy your long weekend. You can visit there anytime of the year but it is closed during rainy season. Visit there during winters. Its quite cold there.
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Yasha Deshpande

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  • Yasha Deshpande
  • Lives in Raipur
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"An awesome tour to Jungle"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2015
Kanha is the best weekend-getaway close to Raipur & Bilaspur. Deep forest, greenery, fresh air, Noise free zone rejuvenates you there and Jungle safari actually add experience of adventure in it. We entered in Kanha National Park Via Mukki Gate reason being it is very close to deep forest and chances of sighting Tiger is more compared to other gates. Do your Jungle safari bookings on-line at-least 3-4 days before your holiday.
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