One of the first Tiger Reserves to work for Project Tiger, Kanha was made a Tiger Reserve in 1973. Nestled in the Maikal range, it is the largest park of Central India and falls in the districts of Mandla and Balaghat.
Sprawling across an area of 2059.7 sq km it comprises of 940 sq km core, 1009 sq km buffer zone and 110.79 sq km of Kanha and neighboring Phen Sanctuary.
History at a Glance
It is commonly believed that Kanha got its name from the texture of the soil found there, which is locally called Kanhar. With the introduction of The Jungle Book in 1894 the breathtaking landscapes of Kanha and Pench hailed to popularity. The natural landscape and highland beauty of Kanha has been appreciated worldwide making it one of the prime wildlife destinations.
By Air: Jabalpur is the nearest airport to Kanha at a distance of 170 km from Kanha and traveling time is 3.5 hours.
Second best option is Raipur airport. Distance to be covered by road from Raipur to Kanha is 225 km and traveling time is 4.5 hours.
Another way is to take a flight till Nagpur. Distance to be covered by road from Nagpur to Kanha is 270 km and traveling time is 5.5 hours. Kanha Earth Lodge provides with reliable cab services from the airport till the lodge.
By Rail: Jabalpur is the most convenient rail head to visit Kanha. Distance to be covered by road from Jabalpur railway station to Kanha is 170 km and traveling time is 3.5 hours.
Gondia another rail head is convenient for the people travelling from Mumbai and Kolkata. Distance to be covered by road from Gondia to Kanha is 120 km and travelling time is 3 hours. Kanha Earth Lodge provides with reliable cab services from the railway station till the lodge.
By Road: Kanha National Park is well-connected by road with Jabalpur 170 Km, Khajuraho 445 Km, Nagpur 270 Km, Mukki 25 Km, and Raipur 219 Km. NH12 from Jabalpur to Mandla will take you to Kisli gate. Mukki gate is accessible from Nagpur via Gondia, Balaghat and Baihar. Bus and cab services are available.
Best Season to Visit the Park
Kanha National Park like all the other parks of Madhya Pradesh remains open for visitors from the month of October till the month of June. Each season has its own delight. Visiting in the month of October will get you some beautiful sightings of the jungle and wildlife. You get the treat of enjoying nature at its best since post monsoon the park becomes more beautiful and dense with lush greenery. Also it is a good time to indulge into birding.
During winters, sightings are good and it is an appropriate time for all the birders to visit the park since numerous migratory birds inhabit the park during winters.
Though summer is hot but it has its own charm. For hard core tiger lovers it is one of the most appropriate times to visit the park. The frequency of animal sighting becomes higher during summer. Different wildlife can be sighted near the ponds where they come to quench their thirst.
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