Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh Tourism, the heart of India that forms the central Indian highlands.The national park is being popularized as the Tiger reserve and interestingly is being declared as one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. Spreading across two revenue districts the “Mandala” and the “Kalaghat“, Kanha National Park was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Its position was further upgraded to a national park in 1955.

The Kanha National Park is spread across the area of 940 sq km in the Maikal chain of hills. By bringing up the buffer and core zone all together, the Kanha Tiger Reserve has the total area of 1945 sq km.

The landscapes and the surrounding luxurious meadows along with the wooded strands and the dense maroons of forests offer magnanimous sightseeing experiences for the nature lovers. Making the land more beautiful and adorable, the crystal clear streams amidst the dense jungle cleanses the surroundings and makes the wildlife unrivalled. This vivacious land has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, a famous writer for his outstanding creation- “The Jungle Book”.

The Kanha National Park is the ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; right from the mighty tigers to the most populated ‘Barasingha’ and the countless species of Plants, Birds, Reptiles and Insects. This reserve has fascinated many travelers around the corners of the world with its well developed infrastructure specially meant for them.

Jungle Safari in Kanha

A trip to Kanha Reserve directly takes you to the widespread arena of the lush habitat of wild creatures. With Elephant and Jeep Safari an encounter to all these species is really generous and worthwhile. With Jungle safari you can take a closer look to the wild animals and can capture their magnanimous images in your cameras.

Open Jeep Safaris are the best way to observe wildlife at the thick & lush green forest of Kanha National Park. Open Jeeps with groups of tourists and individuals alike are accompanied by an experienced naturalist into the park at fixed timings during early morning and afternoon. The Jeep has to follow a fixed route and leave the park by the end of the appointed time. Many popular wildlife experts and wildlife photographers have observed and photographed the largest cat family member of Kanha National Park by jeep safaris. Since the jeeps follow fixed routes, the animals are not unduly disturbed.

At Kanha National park in a single day Jeep Safari can be done 02 times. One in the early morning hrs & the other one in the late afternoon by using 06 seater open vehicle. . Before entering into the National Park one has to complete some necessary paper formalities at the entrance gate regarding vehicle details, naturalist details, visitor’s details etc.

Kanha Reserve, the only paradise for wild beings in India has the most framed natural fineness in the form of landscape harbors amidst the top hills and valleys of highest grasslands in the Maikal range of Satpuras. Ideal for all kinds of jungle tours where one can definitely attain a closer look to all the vivid and rare kinds of wild creatures. The Kanha reserve is really renowned for the most adventurous elephant safari which is being regarded as the ‘star attraction’ of the jungle.

Kanha national Park also offers a well maintained regular tiger tour on the back of the elephant inside the tourism zone so you can have all the pretty sights on your way to the Kanha trip. The Elephant safari in Kanha ensures a safe and hassle free journey to the wildlife at the serene jungle.

Elephant safari help the visitors to access the places inside the park which is not accessible by Jeeps. The most easiest and common way to enjoy elephant safari is to involve yourself in a Tiger Show program. Tiger Show is a program organized after successful sighting of Tiger by trackers on elephants. Tiger Show can be done during Morning Safari only. During Tiger Show, at a time up to 04 people are taken close to tiger and shown from elephant back for 10 to 15 minutes.

Full day elephant safaris are although very expensive and can be enjoyed for longer duration in a day. But, they sure are worth the penny spent. Full day elephant back safaris are needed to be booked in well advance and requires written permission of Field Director of National Park. Process for Elephant Safari booking should be commenced at least before 30 days or more.

Colorful wings, swirling moods and flying powers with carefree attitudesa bird has it all.

Kanha National Park brings this loveliest creature of nature in its captivating serenity. Being famed as the major central Indian highlands, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is the most admiring destination for the varieties of faunae including the avifauna with almost 300 species of it.

These species of birds can catch many attentions of the bird enthusiasts. The tropical environment of Kanha Reserve is simply outstanding to make it a paradise for bird watching. At this tropical land, the bird lovers can surely find wide ranges of birds.

These great varieties include:

Water Birds- storks, teals, pintails, herons and egrets.

Common Ground Birds- Peafowl, jungle fowl, partridge and quail are witnessed in Kanha Reserve.

Birds of Prey- Eagles and Kites

Scavengers- Vultures

Nocturnal Birds- Owls, Owlets and Night Jars

Some more interesting and commonly found birds in Kanha are:
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo. Racket Tailed Drongo, Twany Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Francolin, Painted Francolin, Black Naped Flycatcher,Common Iora, Eurasian Blackbird, Gold Mantled Chloropsis, Jerdon’s Leaf Bird, Golden Oriole, Black Hooded Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Verditor Flycatcher, Twany Fish Owl, Barred Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Scops Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Common Kestrel, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Pariah Kite, White Eyed Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Indian Pitta.

Obviously, the number and the varieties vary with time in any forested area where many birds are to be witnessed as the migratory one. Surprisingly, a fortnight’s visit to the Kanha National Park would yield more than 100 species of birds. Which, some can say, Is worth A life.

Vehicles Permitted to enter inside the national park in each shift:

Safari Zones Kisli Zone Kanha Zone Mukki Zone Sarhi Zone
Morning Shift 18 40 40 27
Afternoon Shift 18 40 40 27

Safari Timings:

Kanha National Park remain open for visitors from 16th October to 30th June. The safari timings are:

Timings Morning Safari Afternoon Safari
16th October to 15th February Sunrise to 11:00 AM 02:00 PM to Sunset
16th February to 15th April Sunrise to 11:00 AM 03 PM to Sunset
16th April to 30th June Sunrise to 10:00 AM 03:30 PM to Sunset

Best Season to Visit

Every year Kanha National Park is open for visitors from the 15th of October to till 30th of June. As per the climate of Central part of India, the peak season for Kanha National Park is during Winters, say October to March. Most of the tourists visit the park between November and March, mainly because the summer’s heat is unbearable. The period between November and February is excellent for visiting Kanha national park as the rain fall during monsoon rejuvenated all the nature & vegetation. Particularly this period is best for bird watching. A lot of migratory birds visit the park during the winter months. During the time period from March to May most of the vegetation at Kanha National Park gets dried & Tiger Sighting is relatively easier than it is in winters. The month of March is the best month for wildlife viewing and the temperature is not very high however Months of April & May provide a great & almost sure opportunity to Wildlife Photographers specially who are looking for some rare photographs of the largest member of Cat family.

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