KANHA NATIONAL PARK

KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Kanha National Park, also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park of Central India. It is located in the Maikal Range of the Central Higlands of India. Kanha National Park is spread across two main valleys, Halon in the east and Banjar in the west. The deciduous trees are predominant in nature, Sal being the main tree. Thick clumps of tall bamboo trees are spread across the park. In the higher altitude the vegetation becomes denser. In 1968, the Government of India relocated the Baiga tribe from 28 villages of Kanha in order to preserve the tigers and the wildlife ecosystem of this region. Kanha National Park is famous for its vast stretches of grasslands interspersed with forests of Sal and bamboo.

Kanha National Park is not only a major attraction for tiger sighting in India but is also the only natural habitat for the highly endangered – Barasingha. The park has numerous small streams running all across acting as the main source of life for the wild animals. The magnanimous park was a source of inspiration to the famous author Rudyard Kipling for writing his best seller “Jungle Book”. The restaurant of Baghira Log Hut, Kisli is located in the middle of the jungle and is a surprising treat to the visitors.

Location Mandla and Balaghat Districts (Madhya Pradesh) 
Nearest AirportJabalpur Airport: 205 km (3.5 hrs. drive)
Nagpur Airport: 305 km (06 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationGondia Station: 120 km (2.5 hr. drive)
Jabalpur Station: 185 km (04 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsBengal Tiger, Barasingha or Swamp Deer, Asiatic Leopard, Indian Bison or Gaur, Indian Wild DogStriped Palm Squirrel, Common Langur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Asian Palm Civet, Indian Hare, Honey Badger, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear
Total Area Covered1949 sq. km (940 sq. km of core area and 1009 sq. km. of buffer area)
Established in Year1955
VegetationDry deciduous forest with bamboo
Best Time to Visit16 October to 30 June. The park is closed for visitors during the rest of the year.
ClimateDecember-February: Weather is cold and frost covers the meadows with minimum temperature touching 3°C
March-June: It gets hot during this period with temperature soaring up to 45°C. For Tiger photography, March to May are better months, as the Tigers can be seen relaxing around the water holes

KANHA SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date Timing 
Winter1 Oct-31 OctMorning: 6:00 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
1 Nov-30 NovMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
1 Dec-31 DecMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Jan-31 JanMorning: 6:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
Summer1 Feb-28 FebMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:15 pm
1 Mar-31 MarMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
1 Apr-30 AprMorning: 5:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 6:45 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning: 5:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

KANHA SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones/Gates
Kanha Zone
Kisli Zone
Mukki Zone
Sarhai Zone
Phen Zone
Khatia Zone
Khapa Zone
Sijora Zone

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