Kanha National Park
Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is one of the very first wildlife sanctuaries to come under the Project Tiger programme. This wildlife reserve extends over an entire area of 1,940 sq km and is one of the most well-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The entire area of Kanha is made up of a series of plateaus that stretch across the eastern segment of the majestic Satpura Range in Madhya Pradesh. Speaking of its vegetation, the Kanha National Park is mainly covered by Sal trees and extensive grasslands.
The Kanha National Park boasts of a rich variety of flora and fauna that attracts thousands of visitors around the year. In fact, it is a treat to watch the entire wildlife populace of the Kanha National Park in their jungle glory. As you navigate your way through the marked trails, get lost in a realm that exists in a state of blissful unawareness in spite of the ravages of time and commercialization. The magical glory of wilderness just lives on at the Kanha National Park.
A tour of the Kanha National Park would bring you quite close to some of its most famous residents. They include the tiger, sloth bear, tiny mouse deer, macaque, porcupines, gaur, the rare barasingha and so on. The avian population is also well represented at the Kanha National Park. They include the racquet tailed drongo, crimson breasted barbet, golden oriole and the crested eagle hawk. Besides enjoying jeep rides into the park, you can also indulge in thrilling elephant rides during your trip to the Kanha National Park. However, it must be mentioned that there are some specified timings for visitors to gain entry into the park.
The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are hot and humid with a maximum and minimum temperature of 40.6°C and 23.9°C. Winters are pleasant with an average maximum and minimum temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C, respectively. The annual average rainfall is 152 cm. The park is closed from July to mid-November during monsoon.
Consult the doctor before starting your trip. Take all your important documents needed to enter India and your desired destination.
Accommodation for tourists visiting Kanha consists of MPSTDC log huts. In addition to the log huts, there are other jungle rest houses and cabins, at Khatia, Mukki and Kisli. These are managed by the park authorities; reservations may be done through the Field Director, Kanha Tiger Reserve. Khatia and Mukki have a number of privately owned resorts and hotels as well, with a wide range of tariffs.
Venture into the Kanha
Explore the park in a Jeep or take an Elephant ride. Both will provide you ultimate enthusiasm, but, the Elephant safari will definitely add some extra zest to your wildlife India tour. Elephant's back is the most ideal place to gaze through the dense forests of Kanha.
Jeep safaris are the best, if you are looking for a convenient and comfortable ride for wildlife sighting. Take either of the two, but try to explore as much as you can. The entire topography of Kanha consists of huge plateaus with vast grasslands, three rivers like -Sulkum, Banjar and Nila and numerous perennial springs, that waters the higher areas during the extremely hot summer months.
While you are venturing the forest area, you will pass by the thick forests of Bija, Haldu, Dhaora trees. The forest is also covered by Sal, Ban-rahar, Bamboo and Sindhur. But, try to visit the park during the cooler and greener months, as the lush surroundings of the park make it amazingly beautiful.
When you are at Kanha National Park, you must be looking for the tigers, for which it is famous round the world. Tiger sightings are very common here. Other than the tiger, some of the more frequently seen animals in the park consist of Leopards, Gaur, Sambar, Chausinghas, Barasingha, Nilgais, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Swamp Deer (Barasingha), Blackbuck, Langurs, Wild Boars, Porcupines, Mouse Deer, Hyenas, Jackals, Wild Dogs (Dholes), Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Chittal and Wild Pig.
Kanha has over 300 different species of birds within its complex. Some of the more interesting ones for bird lovers to look out for are Pied or Marsh Harriers, Red Jungle Fowls, Painted Spur Fowls, Lesser Whistling Teals, Common Teals, Pintails, Cotton Teals, Shovelers, Peafowls, Indian Rollers, Racket Tailed Drongos, Red Wattled Lapwings, Brown Fish Owls, Nightjars, Laggers, Shaheen Falcons, Shikras, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Honey Buzzards, Yellow Wattled Lapwings, Green Bee-eaters, Scavenger Vultures, Long Billed Vultures, White backed Vultures, gray Hornbills, Tree Pies, Kestrels, Barn Owls, White Eyed Buzzards, Black Winged Kites, Mynahs, Munias, Bushchats, Black Headed Orioles, Golden Orioles, Paradise Flycatchers, Pied Malabar Hornbills, Indian Pittas, Indian Stone Curlews, Common Gray Partridges, Warblers, Flycatchers, Babblers, Woodpeckers, Painted Partridges, Green Pigeons, Black Ibis, White Necked Storks, Lesser Adjutant Storks, White breasted Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, Egrets and Cormorants.
Also visit the Reptiles section which houses - Monitor Lizards, Pythons and a large variety of other snakes.
A visit to the nearest attractions - Kanha Museum, trips to the Bahmnidadar, Bishanpura, Sondhar, Ghorella, Shravantal areas would be a good idea. Madhya Pardesh has numerous attraction for you to visit. You can go to Jabalpur (169 km), Khajuraho (445 km). You can also revitalize yourself in the refreshing surroundings of Panchmarhi.
Extend the Trip
Madhya Pradesh is in the central part of India. But, from Kanha, the state of Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh will be nearer. If you keep interest in the tribal culture of India, then you can visit Chattisgarh. Chattisgrah boasts of rich vegetation dominating its topography. If you are heading towards Andhra Pradesh then you can go to Hyderabad, Golconda and also visit the beaches of Vishakhapatnam to laze under the sun.
This part is situated at the central part of India, So, you may not face too many difficulty. But, you may not be able to speak to the local people, as only the educated one can speak English.
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Nagpur (266 kms) is the nearest Airport to visit Kanha National Park connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bombay.
Rail : Jabalpur (169 km) is the convenient rail head to visit Kanha.
Road : Kanha National Park is connected by road with Jabalpur 175 km, Khajuraho 445 km, Nagpur 266 km, Mukki 25 km, Raipur 219 km. Within the park: Koshi - Kanha (9 kms), Kishi - Katia (4 kms), Kishi - Mukki (32 kms). S.T.
Bus Service : Route Timings Jabalpur-Kanha 0700,1100 hrs Kanha-Jabalpur 0700,1100 hrs
The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) operates a Jeep Service for vistors to go around in the park. Booking can be made through the Manager, MPSTDC, Log huts, Kisli. Wild Chalet Resorts at village Mocha, Kanha can also arrange for local sightseeing.
What To See
Wild life in the park
The main attractions are Tiger, Bison, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Deer, Black Buck, Chousihgha, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal Fox, Porcupine, Hyaena, Jungle Cat, Python, Pea fowl, Hare, Monkey, Mongoose, Tiger, Leapord etc. can also be seen here.
Birds species in the park
Storks, Teals, Pintails, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, Patridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Bee Eater, Hoopes, Drongos, Warblers, King Fishers, Wood Peckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls, Fly Catchers.
Museum (closed on Wednesdays)
There is a museum at kanha depicting attributes and activities of the park and tribal culture.
Timings For Park Excursions
15 Nov to 15 Feb. Sunrise to 1200 and 1500 to Sunset
16 Feb to 30 Apr. Sunrise to 1200 and 1600 to Sunset
1 may to 30 June Sunrise to 1100 and 1700 to Sunset
1) The Manager, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Log Hut, Kisli, Bhopal.
2) The Field Director, Project Tiger, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Mandla
Day 01 : Depart by train from Delhi to Jabalpur (travel in air conditioned first/ second class sleeper). Spend overnight on the train.
Day 02 - 06 : Early morning arrive Jabalpur railway station. Transfer to Kanha (170 km - 05hrs driving time approx.) at your resort for five nights. Enjoy your morning and afternoon jeep-safaris and elephant-rides in the Kanha National Park. Spend overnight at the Resort.
Day 07 : Morning depart by surface to Jabalpur railway station to board your train at 1540 hrs (travel in first/ second class air conditioned sleeper) for Delhi. Overnight on board the train.
Day 08 : Arrive Delhi at 0720hrs. Transfer to a hotel for day use. Later in the evening transfer to the International airport to connect your flight for your onward destination.