The State animal of Madhya Pradesh - Hard Ground Barasingha is found exclusively in Kanha Tiger Reserve. Through holistic conservation approach and effective management practices, the Tiger Reserve has seen rise in population of this symbolic deer species which was once on the verge of extinction from the Earth. The lush green forests of Kanha, composed majorly of Sal (Shorea Robusta) and other mixed forest trees, supports the growth of rich and varied flora and fauna.
The present-day Kanha area is divided into two protected areas, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km2 (97 and 116 sq mi), respectively. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and was designated a tiger reserve in 1973. Today, it encompasses an area of 940 km2 (360 sq mi) in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat. Kanha has 4 core zones (Kanha, Kisli, Mukki, Sarhi) and 4 Buffer Zones (Khapa, Khatia, Phen, Sijora).
Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km2 (412 sq mi) and the neighbouring 110 km2 (42 sq mi) Phen Sanctuary, it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which is one of the biggest in the country. This makes it the largest national park in central India. Kanha best known for its evergreen Sal forests, is home to about 300 species of Birds, 43 species of Mammals, 26 species of Reptiles and more than 500 species of Insects. The Major species found are hard ground Barasingha, Tiger, Leopard, Dhole, Bear, Gaur and Indian Python etc. Weather-wise, the best time to visit the Kanha National Park is in the winter season, that is from the mid of October to February. March and April also make for good time to visit the park since the climate is still tolerable during that time and the morning safaris are quite enjoyable then. May and June very hot but are considered as the best time for Tiger sightings as most of the streams and water holes in the jungles get dried and the chances of spotting the majestic beautiful big cat near a few bigger perennial water bodies become higher.
The Nearest Airport for Kanha National Park are Jabalpur 160 Kms, Raipur Airport 250 Kms & Nagpur Airport 250 Kms.
The Nearest Railway Stations for accessing Kanha National Park is Gondia & Jabalpur. Gondia railway station is 145kms / 03:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Khatia Entrance Gate). Jabalpur railway station is 160kms / 04:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Mukki Entrance Gate).
By Road Kanha National Park is well connected from the major destinations of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh.
|Period||Morning Safari||Evening Safari|
|01th October To 31st October||06.00 Hrs To 11.00 Hrs||15.00 Hrs To 18.00 Hrs|
|16th February To 15th April||06.30 Am To 11.00 Hrs||15.30 Hrs To 18.30 Hrs|
|16th April To 30th June||06.00 Am To 11.00 Hrs||15.00 Hrs To 18.00 Hrs|
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