Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park, also Kanha Tiger Reserve, is one of the most famous tiger reserves in the country. It is also Madhya Pradesh’s largest national park, with a total area of more than 940 square kilometers. Kanha is home to the critically endangered Barasingha and the gorgeous Royal Bengal Tigers. The species was eventually restored thanks to a successful conservation campaign at Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Because of this, the park enjoys worldwide recognition for preserving the Barasingha. The number of Barasingha species has grown from 66 to almost 500 due to conservation efforts.

Quick Fact
This enormous national park inspired Rudyard Kipling’s magnum opus, The Jungle Book. The mysterious terrain of Kanha has also attracted many filmmakers, leading to many movies, including the 1980s award-winning film for National Geographic.

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    (April to June)

    Kanha’s summer season lasts from March to June. The range of recorded temperatures for this time of the year is 24° C to 42° C. The mild weather makes it easier to go sightseeing and witness animals in their natural setting. During these months, the creatures rove the area looking for water and prey. The journey to Kanha is pleasant in the early summer because of the lush flora and calm mood.


    (July to September)

    During the monsoon season, which lasts from mid-July to mid-October, Kanha National Park does not reopen. This is because this season offers frequent downpours that range in intensity from mild to heavy. In some places, the national park’s roads, meadows, and the entire region are flooded, while it is dangerous in other areas. Due to the terrible weather, visiting the national park during the monsoon is not permitted.


    (October to March)

    Winter is a great time to visit Kanha National Park to admire its natural beauty and unique landscape. The weather during this season is cool and comfortable, and the temperature ranges from 10°C to 22°C. You can spot a wide variety of animal species and some endangered birds that flock here during this time. The overall beauty of this park enhances during this season, bringing comfortable climate conditions to explore at any time of the day.


    Kanha National Park does not have an airport, so Jabalpur Airport, located about 120 km, is the closest airport. To complete their final journey to the Kanha Tiger Reserve, travelers can easily take a taxi or cab after they arrive at Jabalpur Airport. Nagpur and Raipur airports, which are 300 km and 200 km away from Kanha, are also nearby.
    Train travel is a viable alternative for getting to Kanha National Park. Since trains are the most accessible and well-liked means of transportation, most visitors to Kanha National Park choose to go by them. Since there is no direct rail connection to this reserve park, Jabalpur is the closest railway station. The distance between Jabalpur Railway Station and the National Park is roughly 160 kilometers. Once folks get down, they may get the rest of the way there in a taxi or cab. Gondia, which is approximately 145 km and is the national park’s other closest railroad station.
    Jabalpur, Raipur, and Nagpur are the closest cities to Kanha National Park. National Highway 7 connects the national park with many important cities. The nearest city Jabalpur is roughly 165 kilometers away from Kanha Tiger Reserve, is the nearest one. Also, state authorities provide regular bus service to and from Kanha National Park.


    • Bookings for park tickets should be made 120 days in advance because a limited number of them are available.
    • To go on a safari, you must have an ID card. In addition, you must use the same ID you used to make your safari reservation.
    • To maximize the value of your excursion, bring binoculars, a camera, and a bird book.
    • Put on some comfortable walking shoes. To avoid scorpions and other creatures, always examine your shoes before putting them on.
    • Carry personal medications, hats, and caps (if any)
    • Avoid perfumes and deodorants, and dress in earthy greens and beige tones reminiscent of the forest.
    • Every Wednesday, the Jeep Safari’s afternoon shift is closed to guests.


    What is special about Kanha National Park?

    The park is known to have a significant population of royal Bengal tigers, sloth bears, Indian leopards, Indian wild dogs, and barasinghas. Interestingly, the famous novel of Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book, is inspired by the jungles of Kanha National Park.

    What should I bring to Kanha National Park?

    Tourists are recommended to wear light clothing for the months from October to March as the days tend to be warm. Secondly, bright colors may get you noticed, which may cause difficulty in sighting the animals. Hence, the clothes should ideally be in jungle shades of beige, green, and brown-earth-colored clothes. 

    Which zone is best in Kanha?

    The three main preferable zones in Kanha are Khatia, Sarhi, and Mukki.

    What other wild animals can be seen in Gir National Park?

    Any tourist can decently explore the Kanha National Park in 3 days, given the morning and evening safari options.

    How many tigers are there in Kanha?

    The park has over 500 tigers in the park, which is why it is famous for being one of the best tiger reserves in India. Besides, there is an abundant population of swamp deer, Indian wild dogs, and 300 species of birds. So, don’t just restrict yourself to tiger sightings but enjoy the Kanha’s biodiversity in totality.