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About Kanha National Park is a beautiful reserve of lush meadows, thick forests, and tranquil water bodies located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Created on 1st June 1995, Kanha is one of the country’s largest national parks. It covers a core area of about 950 square kilometres and surrounding area of around 1,000 square kilometres. This along with the adjacent Phen Sanctuary forms Kanha Tiger Reserve, Central India’s biggest national park. As you enter the Park, the subtle fragrance of the Sal forest and the incessant sound of cicada will captivate you. It is thought that Kanha provided the setting for Rudyard Kipling's famous classic "The Jungle Book".
Location Kanha National Park is located in Central Indian highlands in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve spreads over Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. The closest major city to the Park is Jabalpur located at a distance of 165kms.
Out of the Park’s three main entrances, the main one is Khatia Gate. This takes you into the Park's buffer zone. On driving in for a few kilometres you’ll arrive at the Kisli Gate, which will open up the Kanha core zone where tiger sightings are most popular. The Park also has two other gates—Mukki, and Sarhi.
You can drive from Jabalpur or Nagpur to get to Kanha National Park.
Jabalpur - 165 kms (four hours)
Nagpur - 300 kms (five hours)
Raipur - 250 kms (six hours)
There are daily flights from Delhi to Jabalpur and Nagpur. You will have to drive from these airports to get to the Park. If you’re looking to take a chartered flight, you can arrange for one to Birwa Airstrip that is 15kms away from the Mukki gate and 60kms away from the Khatia Gate.
All major Indian railway stations connect to Jabalpur, Nagpur, and Gondia (three hours away) by rail.
Wildlife Kanha is famous for its population of barasingha, tigers, leopards, Indian wild dogs, and sloth bears. Other species to look for include spotted deer, sambar deer, langurs, foxes, and jackals. Recently, mouse deer and blackbuck have been reintroduced in the Park. If you’re lucky you might spot the rhesus macaque. You’ll find foxes, hyenas, jungle cats, civets, porcupines, honey badgers, and hares on the outskirts of the Park.
If you’re interested in herpetology, look for pythons, cobras, kraits, rat snakes, vipers, keelbacks, and grass snakes. Bird lovers will be thrilled to spot some of Kanha’s 300 species of birds including golden orioles, Indian rollers, Verditer flycatchers, Indian tree pipits, blossom-headed parakeets, shamas, Brahminy starlings, and Asian pied starlings.