The Kanha National Park in India is one of India’s most famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling for his novel, ‘The Jungle Book’. We look at practical information for visitors.
About Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park was designated in 1955 and later became known as a Tiger Reserve in 1974, under the Project Tiger. The Sal and bamboo trees, grassy meadows and a supportive Madhya Pradesh government have made this a haven for a number of wildlife species. It’s almost 2000 sq kms in size and is divided in the Eastern and Western parts with the forests of Banjar and the Halon valley.
Wildlife Spotting Opportunities
Apart from the Tiger, some other wildlife attractions of the park are bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopards. There are also a number of birds like 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. Kanha’s major achievement includes preservation of the rare hard-ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction.
How to get there
Kanha National Park is in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur is the nearest airport from Kanha National Park. From here it’s another 165 kms drive to the forest area. A number of lodges and guest houses have sprung up on the outskirts of the forest. You must book in advance though and ask for a pick up at the airport for convenience.
Best Season to Visit
Since the national park is famous for grasslands, the best time to visit is when the grassland is not lush and visibility is better. March is the best season for this. The park closes during the monsoons and re-opens from 1st October to 30th June every year. Entry Fee The park charges are: Entry Fee: Rs. 25 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners including morning and afternoon safaris) Vehicle Entry: Rs. 150 Camera: Rs. 40 (still), Rs. 300 (video), Tiger Show: Rs. 100 (Indians) & Rs. 600 (foreigners) Guide Charges per vehicle: Rs. 100. Please check the rates before leaving in case of any changes. If you are staying with a resort, lodge or guest house, they may include some of the safaris in the package. Timing Visitors are only allowed to go on jeep safari at designated times. These are, morning from 6:30 to 10:00 and evening 2:30 to 6:00.
- Prior permissions and arrangements should be made by the place of stay. Get in touch early to ensure that you can make several trips in the jungle for better chances of spotting.
- Personal vehicles are not allowed in the forest. Only licensed jeeps can enter the forest area.
- Always wear dull colours when entering a forest – you do not want to intimidate animals with bright colours.
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