A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger.
The park was established in the year 1955 and has since actively contributed to the preservation of many endangered species. The National Park was taken under the Project Tiger Reserve in 1974. Abundant in flora and fauna, the Kanha National Park houses one of the rarest species of deer- the Barasingha. One of the most scenic wildlife reserves in Asia today, this National Park came to be known the world over through Rudyard Kipling's book- The jungle Book. An alluring and picturesque landscape, it is famous for its wildlife safaris and attracts tourists from all over the world. Other important animals in this park are leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes, sloth bears, hyenas, langurs, wild boars and jackals. Reptiles including pythons, cobras, krait and other varieties of snakes are also found in this National Park.
Being a highly commercialized forest, the Kanha National Park has plenty of stores from where you can buy traditional handicrafts, t-shirts and souvenirs.
Kanha National park being one of the most emminent tourists destinations in Madhya Pradesh has plenty of hotels and resorts ranging from economical to luxury. The Kanha Village Eco Resort and the Krishna Jungle Resort are one of the best places to stay here.
INR 4,150 - 6,300
A natural heaven. One of the major tiger reserves in India
Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.
Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.
Day 1 - Reach Jabalpur, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll on the city side, and buy some curios and souvenirs for yourself. Or if you're enthusiastic enough, you can set off at once for the main national park. Day 2 - The next day should ideally be the start of the trip to the Kanha National Park. You can start with the tour of the Tiger Reserve, which houses the Royal Bengal tigers. Not very far from is the reserve that houses the Indian bison, Swamp Deer & also the rare breeds of Hard Ground Stag [Barasingha as known in local lingo].View Packages >>
One of the major tiger reserves in India, apart from the tiger reserves at Sariska, Ranthambhore & Jim Corbett National Park, Kanha National Park is a bustling wildlife sanctuary situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Divided currently into two sanctuaries, Hallon & Banjar, the lush green landscape and ravines of this site inspired author Rudyard Kipling to give his most significant creation ever, The Jungle Book. The tiger reserve that is the centre of attraction in Kanha National Park, houses the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger. However, this is not the end. Kanha also sports a wide range of exquisite flora and fauna, from the lush green sal and bamboo trees to the rare breeds of hard ground stag [Barasingha], Gaur [Indian Bison], Swamp Deer as the list goes on. So if you're anywhere close to this beautiful wildlife sanctuary, don't miss it, even for once.
Jeep Safari is the best way to explore Kanha. It is very easy to find a jeep safari in Kanha, as it is one of the hotspots in India for spotting tigers. Since the costs are typically per jeep, its advisable to share your jeep in case seats are available. The safaris are allowed in two slots: morning (6am to 11am) and afternoon (3pm to 6pm). Morning slot typically has more chances of spotting tigers. The costs would be around INR 1000-2000 for a jeep. The evening safaris are slightly cheaper than the morning ones.
Elephant safaris could be very exciting here and they are typically available in the morning slot. It might cost you around INR 300-600 per head.
Being a national park, the eating options here are limited to the ones inside the hotels and resorts. These can provide you both local delicacies as well a multi-cuisine experience. The local delicacies of Madhya Pradesh that you might chance upon here include Dal Bafla, Biryani, Kebabs, Bhutte ki Kees, Korma, Poha, Rogan Josh, Jalebi, Ladoos as well as beverages like Lassi and Sugarcane Juice.
- Get your accommodation in advance and book safaris well in time.
- Keep in mind the timings of the park. The park is closed between July and October and the visiting hours are during day hours only.
- Sharing a jeep safari is advisable as safaris are charged per jeep.
- Maintain the rules and regulations of the National Park.
By Rohit Shroff
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