Kanha Tourism

Kanha Tourism

Kanha Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
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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Kanha Traveller Reviews

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Pranab Pathak

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  • Pranab Pathak
  • Lives in Nagpur
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  2573 readers

"If you love the wildlife or nature must"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2014
If you love the wildlife or nature must visit Kanha especially from Mukki Gate. In our recent visit in the last week of November we have experienced the most exciting moments while siting the gracious mother with her three energetic cubs, merely conscious about the visitors around.
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Vibha Argal

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  • Vibha Argal
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Must visit place for nature lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2014
This was our first visit to a wildlife sanctuary. We are happy to have started with kanha which is a very natural, dense forest, with a variety in its fauna and flora. We entered the forest early morning on gypsy from the khatia gate side. We stayed at the Kaushalya Resort, where the manager arranged for our safari. We were provided packed breakfast and warm blankets. While in the forest we did see plenty of deers, bison and wild dogs, the Big cat eluded us. We did see pug marks showing fresh travel of the tiger in that area. We did spot colourful rare birds. The forest is spread over a very big area taking us through fields, rocky ledges, small rivulets. It was a truly delightful experience. From our resort we also went for nature walk and also nearby village. Each moment spent at Kanha was truly Paisa Vasool.
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Anurag Prabhakar

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  • Anurag Prabhakar
  • Lives in Indore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
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"Thrilling experience to see the wildlife"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
I with all my family members visited kanha national park, Madhya Pradesh, through Holidayiq tour package. This was the best tour package we have ever enjoyed and also it was reasonable in price. All my family members enjoyed a lot. From oct to dec is the best time to visit according to me. We enjoyed in the nature. We saw the wildlife from a very close distance and it was really s=fun to see them in their environment.
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Ashish Dixit

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  • Ashish Dixit
  • Lives in Rewa
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"Heaven for wildlife lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2014
One don't often gets a chance to visit a place like kanha. Absolutely raw and dense forest. Here one can see special species like tigers, bison & swamp deer. Drive from jabalpur to kanha is amazing. A true wildlife lover cannot afford to miss the place. TIP: try to stay in resorts by MP tourism as they have got the best location.
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Shruti Kulkarni

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  • Shruti Kulkarni
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  5496 readers

"A great wildlife experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 6, 2014
It is the home for tigers and other animals like deer, bear, peacock and various birds. June is the best time to visit here. We preferred Taal Tiger Retreat Resort to stay. Its awesome with all facilities good to travellers from our India and NRI. The jungle safari is of four hours or whole day as per your preference. Its 2000 square feet area but only 20 % allocated for visitors.
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Girija Muralidharan

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  • Girija Muralidharan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A natural splendour for many species of animals and birds!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2014
Kanha is a natural splendour for many species of animals and birds. This Tiger Reserve is vividly portrayed in Kipling's Jungle Book. We took two safari rides one in the morning from 6.30 to 10.30 and in the evening from 3pm 6pm. At first I was quite frightened, imagining a tiger will pounce on us because we had no protection. Where as in South Africa during the safari rides the guides have big torches and light weapons to drive away the wild animals if they come near. In Kanha we were told that the tigers and leopards are not man eaters, thus assured we drove deeper and deeper into the forest. We saw a lot of animals.

Suddenly there was a commotion and hushed whispers from the jeep in front of us, We stood still in absolute silence trying to hear some sounds. Time stood still, we could hear the monkeys jumping from branch to branch chatting loudly and the birds taking their flight in groups warning the other animals on the ground of the impending danger which is lurking around. We were waiting with bated breath to spot the Majestic Tiger but could not spot one. We started our drive and again after some distance the driver stopped the jeep and pointed at the Pug (foot) marks of a tiger on the muddy road ways. The elusive tiger had just crossed our path. We missed it narrowly.

The whole experience in the eerie silence of the dense forest during the sun set time is a moment to be remembered and cherished for ever. We stayed at the Kanha Resort run by the Maheshwari group. They booked our resort, and took charge of organizing our safari rides too. This resort was very comfortable and the staff was very cordial. The food was excellent and the service was very good. It is best to visit such places through reputed travel agents who take care of everything. Our thanks to Vinod Maheshwari travel agents who made our trip a memorable one.
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  • Krish
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Best time in Kanha National Park"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2013
It's one of oldest jungle in India which was established as national park in 1930. It has been place to sight wild animals such Tigers, Leopards, Wild dogs & Jackals in action.
I went in December, 2013. I was there for 2 days in Kanha before proceeding to Bandhavgarh and Pench. We fought the 4 deg winter with all sort of warm clothes and blankets (provided by the resort people) to see the wild animal in action. There was big rush because only 87 jeeps are allowed in the day time while 80 jeeps are allowed in evening hours. We were lucky to the 1st one to enter the jungle on 15th morning. It is said that Wild animals are shy hence if would run away on seeing crowd hence we were told be ready early morning so we be the 1st once to spot the animals before crowd gathers. Our safari started with seeing group jackal right at the entrance then we proceed for next 2.5 hrs sighting deers, peacocks, wild boars, rare birds etc... Than just before the breakfast time we saw what was the eye opening of how cruel the jungle could be and yet the best thing that we watched so far ""A WILD KILL"". A group of 5 wild dogs chase deer, tired and given up deer and then kill which actually the wild dogs eating the deer alive. We watched it for over 30 mins along with group of BBC wildlife crew. We were back in resort by 12.30 and going gaga over the kind of pics and video that i had captured from my experience.
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Nagaraj Gopinath

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  • Nagaraj Gopinath
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Appointment with a Tiger"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2013
Kanha, National Park at Madhya Pradesh is the home for Tigers. Well protected area for Tiger conservation. Madhya Pradesh must be proud of its achievement in protecting the tigers. Kanha is very well scientifically planned area. Being a protected area, the wild life department has created zones in the forest in order to control the number of visitors not avoid the disturbance jungle life.

Kanha offers two types of accommodation in the Government facilities, however there multiple options of the lodging outside the prohibited area. An independent bungalow style and the other is a dormitory rooms for 8 persons per room. The accommodations are very excellent and well maintained. Any accommodation should be good for the traveller. The park also provides the restaurant facility and room service is available.
The wild life department has provided the guides and the jungle jeeps. One has to book the accommodation and the jungle visit well in advance. The booking is online. Every jungle jeep accommodates 6 visitors, a guide and a driver. At 6 in the morning the first batch of the visitors are allowed inside the park , the second batch is at 2 pm.

We took the first batch. The jeeps, with the visitors, guide and drivers are ready well before 6 am, the clock strikes 6, the race starts but in very organized manner. The experience was adorable, a sight to see. The visitors equipped with hats, sweaters, binoculars, cameras, light snacks and water bottles, displaces the keen interest of wild life lovers and readiness the explore the world of tigers. The moment we entered the core jungle, the weather changed, chill, cold cutting winds and regretted for not carrying the light sweater. The intricate color combination of the vegetation gives you energy of different kind and evaporates the pain and trouble taken to enter the park.

We encountered the dancing peacock, some the full open feathers, some about to open; everything was dynamic. A few resting on the small rock majestically. Intermitted exchange of notes with other jeeps, in order to save time in chasing the tiger, remember the sight of the tiger is the prize. We were unlucky, after four hours of constant back breaking drive could not shake hands with tiger. It is very important to hear the various noises in the jungle. The tiger roar is loud can be heard at long distances. When the tiger is around, all other animals start the warning calls. The most insecure are the langoor, when the langoors activities escalates, one can be certain, the tiger is round the corner. It is the skill of your guide to identify and locate the tiger. Some birds made our day. Kingfishers, Green Bee Eater, normal Egrets. Langoors were in numbers. A few Bisons used to visit during the evening near our accommodation. Deers, Antelopes, Sambar were too seen quite frequently. One has to be very quick with camera, the sightings are few seconds. A good photograph is a test of your skill & ability. One can witness all brands and accessories of photographic equipment.

At the end of the long drive we left the jungle of witnessing all the technology, visitors enthusiasm, people explaining the experiences of sighting the tiger, its power, smiles with mental owe to visit again, our group of six learnt other small tips of identification, bounty of nature, some lessons on botany were our prizes. The appointment with tiger did not happen. We were not fully disappointed as the deep or core jungle provided many of the treasures which are non existent in city.
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Sandip  Bhapkar

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  • Sandip Bhapkar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  5366 readers

"first visit to kanha"

  • Posted Jun 19, 2013
kanha is a warm and welcoming place .. the climate is very hot but the forest safaris make u ignore the heat.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: local cuisine is good. safaris not to be missed.

Activities & things to do: lots of birds and animals to be sighted .

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: camera is a must, full clothes helpful, and special attention to be paid to the rules in the forest safaris .
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Rushabh Goswami

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  • Rushabh Goswami
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"Location was good as like staying in a nature."

  • Posted May 27, 2013
It was good to stay but most season is nov,dec,jan due to greenary. In April it was loking Dry.It is famous for Tiger REserve. Good to have safari in Jungle with all wild animals.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was Extra Ordinary. Sight seeing was very good but we were not able to see Tiger. Other animal we were able to seen. Hotel gypsy driver was very much in hurry.

Activities & things to do: A small garden was there. No much other activities was there.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We went to Kanha from Panchmarhi. Very nice road and very easy to approach
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