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Kanha National Park, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located in Madhya Pradesh, India

Location: Banjar and Halon valleys of Madhya Pradesh, India
Total Area: 1,945 sq km
Core Area: 940 sq km
Established In: 1933
National Park: 1955
Main Attractions: Tigers, Barasingha, Varieties of Deers, Sloth Bears, Spotted Dears, Jackals and Wild Indian DogsCattle Egret, Pond Heron, Black Ibis, Common Peafowl, Crested Serpent, Racket Tailed Drongo, Hawk Eagle.
Best Time to visit: November to June (The park remains closed from July to October)

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest Airport to Kanha National Park is Nagpur (265 km), which is well connected by air to major cities of India.
By Rail: Jabalpur (165 km) and Nagpur (265 km) are the nearest Railheads from Kanha National Park.
By Road: Kanha National Park is well connected by road to major cities of Madhya Pradesh. The State Transport Buses regularly ply between Khatia Village (the western entrance to Kanha) to Mukki (30 km), Jabalpur (165 km), Nagpur (265 km) and Khajuraho (445 km).

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About Kanha National Park

Kanha natural habitat consists of sal and bamboo forests, some spectacular water bodies and streams, and rolling grasslands which stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare Hard Ground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). By a special statute enacted in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation program for the protection of the park’s flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
One of the richest sanctuaries in India, in terms of wild life, the Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of animals, birds and reptiles. Often considered to have influenced the composition of Rudyard Kipling’s novel, the jungle book, with its vast store of wildlife, the Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit for all lovers of the wild.
The climate of the region around Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary 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.

Bird Population

The bird species in the park include storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles, owls and fly catchers.


The landscape of the Kanha National Park is made up of massive plateaus, with enormous grasslands, and open pastures. Sulkum, Banjar and Nila Rivers pass through the park, with a number of perpetual springs supplementing them. The central meadows boast of a huge water body, known as Shravantal. The tree species found in the Kanha Tiger Reserve of India include Bija, Haldu, Dhaora, Sal, Ban-rahar, Bamboo and Sindhur.

Wildlife attractions

The major wildlife attractions in Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary are Tigers, Leopards, Dholes (Indian wild dog), Indian Bisons, Sambar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Buck, Chausingha, Nilgai, Monkeys, Mongoose, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Porcupine, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Hare, Rock Pythons among many others.


Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari are the two options for spotting wild animals in the park. The safaris can be enjoyed any time during the day while the best time for animal spotting is during early morning or late evening. The safari timings generally are 6 AM to 12 Noon and 3 to 5:30 PM.

Places to visit:

Bamni Dadar

It is also known as the sunset point is quite popular among tourists. Most tourists visit Bamni Dadar to get the wonderful view of the setting sun and this is also one of the beautiful area in the park, Animals that can be sighted around this pont are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the four-horned antelope etc

Kanha Museum

Kanha Museum inside the park is another interesting place to visit. The museum is the right place to understand the topography and other interesting aspects of the park.

Places to stay in Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary

– Wild Chalet Jungle Lodge: A fine jungle lodge on the banks of the river Banjar, Wild Chalet is situated on the periphery of the Kanha National Park. Wild Chalet Kanha provides accommodation in rustic cottages. The lodge is well equipped with all modern facilities.
– The Krishna Jungle Lodge: Located on the periphery of the park in village Mocha, Jungle Lodge offers fine accommodation facilities.
– Tiger Land Resort: Not too far from Kisli Gate, the Tiger Land Resort is spread over in 5 acres and is well tucked away from the main road. The resort is well equipped with modern facilities.
– Tuli Tiger Resort: Located in the heart of Kanha, the Tuli Tiger Resort beckons tiger lovers from all over the world to come and explore Kanha. The resort is beautifully set and has a host of modern facilities in place.
– The Celebration Van Vilas: Celebrations Van Vilas is a fine resort located at Khatia side of Kanha. The resort is well managed and provides comfortable accommodation.
– Mogli Resort: Located close to the entrance, the resort offers fine accommodation facilities, which include swimming pool, games and restaurant.
– King’s Crown Resort: The Kings Crown Resort offers accommodation in AC, Air Cooled Super Deluxe Cottages. The resort is well equipped with modern facilities.
– Baghira Log Huts: (MPTDC hotel) is a jungle lodge situated on the periphery of the Kanha National Park. It provides cottage accommodation, bar and a restaurant.

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