Kanha National Park is one of the most popular tiger reserves of India. This largest national park of Madhya Pradesh stretches over to two districts Mandla and Balaghat with a total area of 940 km2. The park is extremely popular for housing a good population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog.
Kanha National Park gives you great opportunities to click some amazing pictures of the world of wild. You can choose between jeep and elephant safaris and have a closer look at wild animals dwelling here. Here you can spot numerous species of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals. Other animals which can be easily spotted here include spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, etc. The Reserve acts home to around 300 species of birds with black ibis, bee-eaters, cattle egret, blossom-headed parakeets, pond heron, etc. being the most common ones. Reptiles like Indian pythons, Indian cobras, krait and rat snakes also dwell here but can be rarely seen.
Flora of Kanha National Park is impressive. Here you can find over 1000 species of flowering plants. While the lowland forests contain sal, the highland forests are basically tropical moist dry deciduous type.
The park has two entry gates - Khatia gate & Mukki entrance gate. Khatia gate is the oldest entry gate that gives access to all four safari zones, including Kanha zone, Kisli zone, Sarhi zone and Mukki zone. The other one is Khatia gate which gives access to 3 safari zones, including Kanha, Kisli and Sarhi.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Kanha Tiger Reserve is from mid October to June end.
Safari Timing: Sunrise to 11:00 AM and 02:00 PM to Sunset (timings may vary)
Air: Jabalpur is the nearest airport that enjoys daily direct flight connectivity with Delhi & Mumbai.
Rail: Nearest Railway Station for Kanha National Park is Gondia (145kms) & Jabalpur (165kms).