Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park: In the heart of India

The treasure and beauty of India lie in its abundant Flora and Fauna. Our country has mesmerizingly beautiful forests, waterfalls, and other essential resources. Madhya Pradesh is the heart of India. The state has pious and the cerulean Narmada nurturing its land.

The state has the eye-sparkling gift of Flora and Fauna and the most famous of it is Kanha National Park. Ohh... Wait… Do you remember our forever Jungle buddy Mowgli? Yeah… The Jungle which inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen down the story of Mowgli, Bagheera, Balloo, Sher Khan and our other favourite jungle peeps.

Kanha National Park

Geography of Kanha National Park

Nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras is unbound beauty of nature gifted to Madhya Pradesh. Kanha national park is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh sprawling across 1,940-sq-km of the area (accounting both buffer and core zone altogether).

During the 1930s, Kanha was divided into two sanctuaries – Hallon and Banjar. The Kanha National Park was established in 1955 while the Kanha Tiger Reserve was established in 1973. The lush green forests and ravines of Kanha National Park make it 10 most popular tourist destinations in India.

The climate of Kanha National Park

The picturesque Kanha National Park has a pleasant tropical climate. The variations in temperature are remarkable and the park is dwelling with beauty from November to March. The summers are hot and humid and the temperature can vary from 23 degree Celsius to a maximum of 43 degree Celsius.

The winters are chilling and the meadows are covered in the spell-bounding cover of frost. The temperature can vary from 10 degree Celsius to 24 degree Celsius.

The month of June marks the beginning of the rainy season which stays till the end of September. Kanha National Park receives an annual average rainfall of about 152 cm. The rain rejuvenates the park and adds a peaceful green aura to it.

Best time to visit Kanha National Park

The park is open to visitors from 15th October to 30th June. The Kanha National Park receives maximum tourists during i.e. around October to March.

The months from November to March are best to explore the wildlife of Kanha as the monsoon rain has freshly rejuvenated the vegetation and also for bird watching as flocks of migratory birds visit Kanha National Park during this time. The scorching summer days receive fewer tourists but are best for tiger sighting and to capture some enthralling and rare photographs of these wild cats.

Kanha National Park

Flora and Fauna of Kanha National Park

The scenic Kanha National Park preserves a variety of endangered and threatened species of flora and fauna.

The vivid national park is home for as many as 200 flowering plants and over 70 different species of trees. The diverse forest majorly has Sal, Lendia, Saja, Tendu, Palas, Mahua, Dhawa, Bija, Achar, Aonla and Bamboo among other rare species of climbers like grass and forbs. The presence of many lakes and gorges in Kanha National parks gives it many rare aquatic plants on which migratory birds feed.

The park is safe abode for numerous wildlife species like tiger, gaur, bison, chousingha, nilgai, sloth bear, leopard, tiger, hyena, jackal fox, python, porcupine, jungle cat, peafowl, monkey, hare and mongoose and varied species of deer like chital, sambhar, barasingha, barking deer, black buck, black deer and mouse deer. The other interesting animals spotted here are pintails, storks, pond herons, teals, egrets, peafowl, spurfowl, jungle fowl, partridges, ring doves, peacock, spotted parakeets, rock pigeons, green pigeons, quails, cuckoos, Papias, kingfishers, bee-eater, flycatchers, hoopoes, rollers, drongos, warblers, finches, woodpeckers, Orioles and owls.

So you are mesmerised by the variety? Well, this isn’t over yet. Kanha National Park is home for exotic varieties of fishes and other aquatic animals.

The barasinghas were about to extinct about two decades back but prevalent efforts of forest officials and local inhabitants helped in preserving them and thus, the rutting calls of barasinghas echo in the large open grass zone amidst the bamboo and teak forests of Kanha National Park.

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Best places to stay in Kanha National Park

The hospitality of Kanha National Park is memorable. The resorts and places of retreats are comfortable like our own homes and luxurious like hotels so that you don’t miss any comfort of your vacations.

We have listed a few amazing places to stay around Kanha National Park.

  • Tiger Land Resort
  • Tuli Tiger Resort
  • Wild Chalet Resort
  • Kipling Camp
  • Krishna Jungle Resort
  • Mogli Resort
  • Baghira Log Huts Kisli
  • Celebration Van Vilas
  • Chitvan Lodge
  • Shergarh Tented Camp

How to reach Kanha National Park?

“Hindustan ka dil”, Madhya Pradesh has amazing transportation facilities and is easily accessible by any mode of transportation. Therefore reaching Kanha isn’t quite an uphill task.

  • By air – The nearest airport is in Jabalpur, about 160kms away. From the airport, one can easily avail the public transport like public or private buses or even taxis.
  • By rail – Gondia is the nearest railway head which is about 145kms away. Kanha National Park is only 3 hrs drive away from Gondia.
  • By road – Kanha National Park is well-connected by roadways. One can enjoy the affordable state-run buses to visit Kanha. The bus services connect Kanha to major cities in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
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Activities and Safaris in Kanha National Park

The generous nature in Kanha National Park offers magical sights of flora and fauna and we are sure, you wouldn’t like to miss the nature at its best. The Kanha National Park offers elephant and jeep safari to its tourists for exploring the jungle.

1) Elephant Safari –

Elephant Safari is the safest and hassle-free way to access the impressive thick majestic Sal and dense Bamboo forests of Kanha National Park which are inaccessible by Jeep. Elephant show is the star attraction in the Jungle and Tiger show is the most exciting activity. Tiger show is done in the morning only.

2) Jeep Safari –

This is the best mode of traversing through dense forests of Kanha and exploring its lush greenery and observing its vivid wildlife species. The Safari is conducted under the guidance of a wildlife expert and you can enjoy it from sunrise till 11:00 am and till sunset from the late afternoon.

3) Cycling –

Apart from regular safaris, the Kanha National Park offers a different and attractive activity of cycling. When requested, the naturalists of the forest lodge arrange it for interested tourists. You can also enjoy leisure walking on the beautiful trains of Kanha National Park and look at colourful birds, lakes within the park, Gond tribal homes and the Banjaar River during your excursion.

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Dos and Don’ts of the Kanha National Park

  • Follow every instruction of your wildlife guide.
  • Don’t smoke or light a campfire in the forest as a slight carelessness can cause a major accident.
  • Don’t litter around the park and don’t make noise. Avoid any kind of pollution.
  • Don’t disturb any wild animal or pluck any flower or even don’t trample growing trees.
  • So drive slowly in specified roads and trails. Your intention should be to appreciate the beauty of Kanha National Park’s inhabitants, not disturbing or making them uncomfortable. It is their home, not yours.
  • Wear comfortable clothes which camouflage with the jungle.
  • If you love photography then patience is your best tool. Notice the movements of animals and birds, listen calmly to their melody, and observe their body, wings, colour etc.

This is it. It is time to pack your bag and when you return you will have a huge pile of memories to unpack the whole your life. There would be challenges, but challenges are what made Mowgli our forever buddy. Say cheers to life and cherish it in meadows of Kanha National Park.