Kanha National Park
Best Time To Visit:
March – May
November – February
Flight: New Delhi – Raipur
Railway: New Delhi – Jabalpur OR New Delhi – Gondia
About Kanha National Park
One associates Central India with being a water-stricken and rather hot area – however, the opposite holds true for Kanha National Park.
Chilled winters, availability of water around the year and coolness in the early morning and evening in peak summer characterize the uniqueness of this place. A magnificent 772 sq. miles (2000 sq. kms) of thick Sal Forest, Kanha National Park is set in the eastern part of the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. This beautiful landscape inspired Nobel Prize Laureate, Sir Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. Home to the biggest Tigers in India, experts predict, that if the Tiger faced extinction, Kanha will be among the last strong footholds for their survival.
Parking itself around the Banjar and Halon rivers and a perfect setting for the Tiger, Kanha is an evergreen forest with tons of undergrowth that provides ambush. The rolling grasslands and meandering streams provide food for herbivores; and if the prey has food, the predator will always follow. This national park happens to be one of the best managed forests in terms of wildlife tourism. Reintroducing the Hard Ground Barasingha was one such achievement. Also called the “Jewel of Kanha”, these Barasinghas were put under special enclosures to encourage breeding and avoid extinction.
The result was quite evident when their population sky rocketed. From merely 66 in number, Kanha was now home to 600-700 Barasinghas. The department’s efforts payed off when Kanha was awarded with the best tourism friendly national parks, by the Government of India.
Kanha National Park Tiger Safari Tours
Popular Fauna at Kanha
Tiger Safaris at Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park conducts two types of jeep safaris. A full-day safari and a half-day safari.
Half Day Jeep Safaris: A half-day jeep safari can be further categorized as a morning safari and an evening tiger safari in Kanha. The morning safaris start around 0600 hours depending on the sunrise time and lasts for about 4.5-5 hours. After the morning safari, the guest heads back to the lodge/resort. You can freshen up, eat a quick lunch, relax for a bit and later head back in to the jungle for your evening safari. The evening safari lasts for about 3 – 3.5 hours depending on the time of sunset. Post your evening safari, you head back to the lodge for dinner and take the rest of the evening at leisure.
Full Day Jeep Safaris: A full day safari is a jeep safari wherein your vehicle/jeep enters the park 15-20 minutes prior to all other safari vehicles. You spend the day within the national park, including eating lunch amidst the forest wilderness. You head back out 15 minutes after all the jeeps have exited the park post the evening safari. This type of safari proves more fruitful during pleasant months like October – November or even the fag end of February – March. A full day safari is also mostly taken by professional photographers who are following a particular species or documentarians who wish to film a specific family within the national park.
Kanha National Park also offers walking safaris on guided tiger trails within the buffer zone of the park. Here, the guest is accompanied by a naturalist and a forest guard. On the trail, you are acquainted with the best of flora and fauna by expert naturalists and guides the park has to offer. These trails are fruitful for people who wish to take a break from regular jeep safaris and explore the park vegetation at close quarters.
A canter is a minibus. A safari in this mini bus is conducted twice per day – in the morning & in the afternoon. The canter can accommodate around 15 – 20 people at once.
Accomodations at Kanha National Park
Taj Banjaar Tola
Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Singinawa Jungle Lodge
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