Kanha National Park

Its location

Kanha is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Basic Facts Founded in 1955, it stretches over an area of 940 km² . An additional 1009 km² of buffer zone and 110 km² Phen Sanctuary forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The altitude of the park ranges from 600 to 900 m above sea level.


Best Time to Visit

The temperature of the park varies from 0 degree in winters to 48 degree in summers. It open from November to June and closes during monsoons. Early arrival of monsoons can lead to early closure of the park for tourists. The best time to visit the park is between November to March when the weather is cool and chances of sighting migratory birds are higher. For tiger lovers, the best time is April and May. 

Reasons to Visit

Reasons to  visit Kanha National Park can be many. The lush greenery of the park is refreshing and relaxing. Anyone tired of rushing city life will find Kanha extremely charming. The park was also the inspiration behind the Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel, Jungle Book. tourists-enjoying-elephant-ride-in-kanha.jpg

But above all, it is the fairly high chance of spotting Tigers that draws tourists to this park. The tigers are more than a hundred in number in this park and the drivers and the forest guides are usually aware of the movement of each tiger. ‘Tiger Shows’ are considered the best way to spot a tiger in Kanha. The show doesn’t involve any performance, rather what really happens is that a group of experienced trackers trace tigers following the pugmarks of the latter. The moment they spot a tiger, a message is conveyed to the people touring the park, who in turn are led to the spot by mahouts on elephant back.

The Barasingha or the Swamp Deer, Black Bucks, Leopards, Chitals and Sambars  are the other wild attractions of Kanha National Park. As for birds, there are more than 300 bird species found in this park. Carrying a bird book to the park is quiet a good idea since it helps identify the birds in the park.

How to Reach

Jabalpur and Nagpur are nearest airports while Gondia is the nearest railway station. Regular Buses and taxis are available from both Jabalpur and Nagpur. 


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4 thoughts on “Kanha National Park

  1. well written blog….quite informative but could have been a bit more catchy….

    Posted by Srikant | August 10, 2007, 5:01 am
  2. Truly Speaking Harshita, the two photographs of Kanha National Park are enough to define its beauty. I am a wildlife and nature lover, after going through your article my curiosity has aroused several times and very soon I will visit the national park this November.

    Posted by Mac Millan | August 21, 2007, 10:26 am
  3. i am very much keen to visit thepark and as such i am wild life lover so i will plan very soon but before can u just provide some more info on where to stay? when should start up the day?
    thanking you

    Posted by manish | April 17, 2008, 9:30 am
  4. Hi Manish,

    NIce to hear that you wish to visit the Kanha. I am sure you’ll have a great time. If you want to know about the places to stay while in Kanha, you can visit or The two have good info on not only where to stay in Kanha but also about other info you might be looking for. Have fun.

    Posted by harshitaindia | April 21, 2008, 3:41 am

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