Kanha Tiger Reserve

Spread over a sprawling area 1,940 sqkms, the Kanha Tiger Reserve houses a huge collection of tigers. It was built in 1974, under Project Tiger, in India and alongwith stringent conservation measures for both flora and fauna over the last few decades,Kanha National Park has become one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Asia.  Situated in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, in the districts of Mandla and Balaghat, the two valleys - Banjar and Halon form the eastern and western halves of Kanha. This scenic Wildlife Park, with its expanse of Sal trees and a selection of wildlife species, is said to be the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Travel Tips

Kanha National Park is closed throughout the monsoon months - from July upto November. As the summers are extremely hot and humid, with temperatures touching almost 45 degrees during the daytime, the most pleasant time to visit Kanha is during winters. It is advisablethough to carry proper woolens in the winter, since it gets quite chilly in the forest at night. If you decide to visitKanha for a camping and exploration trip, do carry a good amount of sunscreen as all-day excursions through the forest can lead to serious skin damage. Book ahead as Kanha is mostly booked out during the winters. Also, booking ahead might help you to avail of lower tarrifs and discounts. The Barasingha is known as the ‘Jewel of the Kanha’ so be sure to click some pictures when you spot it! And while you are there, do not shy away from local tribal cuisine at small shops and local dhabas.

When to visit

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Things to do

Kanha National Park is famous for the successful preservation of the Barasinghaor the swamp deer. The forests filled with a wide mixtureof flora and fauna and are a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and a sight for sore city eyes. Like all popular wildlife preserves, Kanha also offers open jeep or elephant back tours or safaris for the spotting of animals such as tigers, barasinghas, gaur, bison, chital, etc. Much like the Jungle Book, the tiger is often spotted in the winter months, laying siegeof its prey, usually the Barasingha, which are now found in herds throughout the forest.

Another interesting activity for wildlife enthusiasts is bird-watching. Kanha boasts a variety of avian species including partriges, peacocks, quails, pea fowl, pintails, egrets, pond herons, green peacocks and other exotic seasonal birds. It is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers! Quiet jungle walks are also an excellent tourist activity if you enjoy solitude and quiet walks through scenic, lush forests. Many of these are organized at frequent intervals during the day by the park officials.

Apart from wildlife watching activities, there are many surrounding places to visit in Kanha that will keep you well occupied throughout your trip. BamniDadar is a must-visit on your list if you are a fan of gorgeous sunsets. A popular local sunset point, it provides travellers with a calm, serene experience when the forest comes alive in its quiet splendour. It is also a good point for sighting animals such as the hard ground deer, sambar, gaur, barking deer and four-horned antelopes. The Kanha Museum is also an interesting place to visit - it contains interesting factoids about the history, topography and other details on the climate and wildlife of the place.

Getting Around

Open Gypsys are available in the Park and can be booked once you reach or directly through http://www.mponline.gov.in/ - the MP government website. Present booking charges for safaris are about Rs. 1200 per safari. Rates for morning and evening rides vary between Rs 1500-2500 and Rs 1000-1700 respectively, while elephant safaris will cost you between Rs 300-500 per person. If you are planning to travel to Kanha during the peak season or on weekends or holidays it’s advisable to book your gypsy and entry in advance.

Places to Stay

There are numerous places to stay in Kanha and you can take your pick according to your budget.


Luxury Resorts - (10,000 – 20,000 INR pernight):-

Singinawa Jungle Lodge (Village Kohka, PO Tehsil Baihar | Tehsil Baihar, Kanha National Park 481111, India)

BaghTola(Village Bhimlat, Baihar Tehsil via Mukki | Distt.Balaghat, Kanha National Park 481111, India)

BanjaarTola(Village Mukki | District Balaghat, Kanha National Park 481111, India)


Mid range Hotels - (5000 – 10,000 INR pernight):-

Courtyard House (Village Patpara, Kanha National Park 481768, India)

Chitvan Jungle Lodge (Village Samnapur, Post Mukki,, Kanha National Park 481111, India)

Tiger Corridor Resort (Village & Post Mocha DisttMandla, Kanha National Park 481768, India )


Budget Hotels - (2000- 5000 INR pernight):-

Prestige Nature's Nest (School Road,Mocha, Kanha National Park, India)

Hotel Kanha Treasure in Forest (Mukki Gate Village Samnapur, Kanha National Park 481111, India)

Mogli Resort (Village-Khatia, P.O. Kisli, Kanha National Park 481768, India (Formerly Mogli )

How to Reach

  • Jabalpur is also the closest airport to Kanha from where it is approximately a 3 hour drive in a car.
  • Jabalpur, about 169 kmsaway, is the closest railway station from where you will have to take busses or hired cars to reach the national park.
  • Kanha is divided into four zones Ã�âïÿýïÿý Kisli, Kanha, Saraiand Mukki. The nearest city is Mandla and the two entry points into the forest are through Khatiya and Mukki. There are busses from Jabalpur to KisliGate forRs 84 which will take you approximately 5Ã��Ã�ý hours. Busses ply from early in the morning at 6.20am, 8.15am and 12.30pm via Khatia Gate. Between October and June, MP Tourism runs a coach at 2pm, which will cost you about Rs 150 and reach in four hours. Alternatively, you can catch one of the many local buses to Mandlafrom Jabalpur which will cost you about Rs 30 and reach in 2Ã��Ã�þ hours. There are also frequent buses from Mandla to Jabalpur (Rs 50, 2Ã��Ã�ý hours, 6am to 8.30pm) and Kanha (Rs 36, 2Ã��Ã�þ hours, 10.15am, 3pm and 4.15pm), one to Nagpur (Rs 145, 6Ã��Ã�ý hours, 9pm) and two to Raipur (Rs 140, seven hours, 12.45pm and 9.30pm). There are a few daily buses between Mandla and Mukki (Rs 50, five hours) via the other gates, often changing at Baihar.

Surrounding Attractions

Kawardha Palace, Mandawa Palace, Krishna Temple etc. are some of the local attractions close to the Park. Kawardha Palace was built by Maharaja Dharamraj Singh and is a wonderful architectural feat made purely of Italian Marble. Turned into a resort now, the Palace still retains its regality and is a magnificent sight especially during dusk. Kanha Museum is a standing ovation to the beauty and culture of Kanhaand an ode to its rich wildlife, that was built in order to give the tourists a better and more informed perspective about the area. BamniDadar is a famous sunset point and an excellent place for excursions. You could also drive on to other nearby areas such as Amarkantak, Bilaspur, Kanger Valley National Park etc. Local buses and rent-a-car services are available atmost of the hotels in Kanha to show you around.

Important Numbers

Emergency Response Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Tel No: 0755-2469180 
Police Station - 100
Ambulance – 102, 108
Fire Station - 101