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Park Name
Kanha National Park (940 Kms)
Madhya Pradesh
Santuary Type
Any, Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiger Reserve, National Park
Best Time to Visit
Any, November, December, January, February, March, April
Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, state in the heart of India. The present-day Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km2 respectively. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and in 1973 was made the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km2 in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km2 and the neighboring 110 km2 Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. This makes it the largest National Park in Central India. Kanha Tiger Reserve was ranked in the top 10 Famous Places for Tourists.

The park has a significant population of royal Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel Jungle Book.


Kanha Tiger Reserve has species of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals. Among the deer species, swamp deer (Cervus duavcelli branderi) or hard ground barasingha is pride of the place as it is the only subspecies of swamp deer in India. The animal is adapted to hard ground unlike swamp deer of the north which live in marshy swamps. The reserve has been instrumental in rescuing the swamp deer from extinction. Indian gaur (Bos guarus), belonging to the ox genus, is found in Kanha but seen mostly as winter ends. In summer gaur inhabit meadows and water holes in the park.[citation needed]

Other commonly seen animals in the park include the spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and the four-horned deer. The latter can be seen at Bamni Dadar climb. Recently, mouse deer have also been discovered in the tiger reserve.[citation needed]

Black buck have inexplicably become very rare.[5] They vanished completely, but have been reintroduced recently inside a fenced area in the park. Nilgai can still be seen near the Sarahi Gate, while the Indian wolf once commonly seen at Mocha is a rare sight now. Hyena and sloth bear are seen occasionally. Langurs and wild boars are common, but the pugnacious rhesus macaque is seen less often.[citation needed]

Nocturnal animals like fox, hyena, jungle cat, civets, porcupine, ratel or honey badger and hares can be seen outside the park confines. Reptiles like pythons, cobras, krait, rat snakes, vipers, keelbacks and grass snakes are nocturnal animals, and are therefore rarely seen. There are many species of turtles as well as amphibians found in or near the water bodies.[citation needed]

Kanha and Satpura National Park being a part of Gondwana, now famous as a tiger reserve, was once ruled by wild Indian elephants

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BY AIR: Nearest Airport is Jabalpur but can be easily accessed via Raipur Airport as well as Nagpur Airport.
The road between Raipur and Kanha is supposed to be best
Jabalpur road is also great but heard that planes to Jabalpur is bit erratic in maintaing the schedule

The Nearest Railway Stations for accessing Kanha National Park is Gondia & Jabalpur. Gondia railway station is 145kms / 03:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Khatia Entrance Gate). Jabalpur railway station is 160kms / 04:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Mukki Entrance Gate)

Nearest Bus stand are Mandla (50kms) & Jabalpur and 160kms away



Gypsy exclusively for your group (max 6 people) & you can go into any zone where good sightings are happening then that day. This is for the entire day (with food packed) (dawn to dusk. An WildTrails Expert tracker will accompany you. Ideal to have atleast one such safari but very expensive ($$$$)


Gypsy exclusively for your group (max 6 people) & you can go into only those zones to which the ticket is bought (but don't worry, we pick the right zones based on sighting info & predicatbility index). Duration is approx 4 hours. An WildTrails Expert tracker will accompany you. Ideal to have atleast two to four such safaris.

Weather Details
JAN 7 30 45 86
FEB 11 32 52 90
MAR 16 37 61 99
APR 21 42 70 108
MAY 24 45 75 113
JUN 22 38 72 100
JUL 23 36 73 97
AUG 23 34 73 93
SEP 23 35 73 95
OCT 18 35 64 95
NOV 11 33 52 91
DEC 8 29 46 84



Zero Mile Stone is a monument built by British during Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1907 in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is supposed to be the geographical center point for India. The Zero Mile Stone consists of a pillar made up of sandstone and another small stone representing the GTS Standard Bench Mark, and four stucco horses that were added later. The height of the top of the pillar is 1020.171 feet above mean sea level. Approx. 100 kms from Tadoba but if you are coming/departing via Nagpur, this can be added to your itinerary. Approx. Duration is 2 hours from Nagpur Airport including time spent there travel.


The whole park is surrounded by villages and the people there many if not all depend on the tourism money and seeing them how they live in unison with the park and with the wild animals is an experience by itself. Knowing what they do, listening to how they live with wildlife (with the help of an expert guide who will translate to English) and with many photo opportunities, will make the experience worthwhile knowing that most of this money will go for their development. Approx distance - under 5 to 10 kms from the resort. Approx. duration: two hours including the travel.

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