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    Tiger posing for a photograph in Kanha National Park

    Nature has inspired people to achieve extraordinary feats. When Rudyard Kipling wrote the famous novel ‘Jungle Book’, he needed an inspiration, which came from one of the tiger reserves in India. Apparently, it also happens to be the largest among national parks in Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park, in Central India, is India’s one of the oldest national parks that boast of rich tiger population and other exciting wildlife.

    The national park, spreading over 940 sq km, spans over thick grassland and is home to rich flora and fauna. Kanha has altogether 4 zones with 3 entry gates to let you into its vast span. Watch the wildlife from close quarters, click the pictures of birds flocking past or make the best of holidays by spending wonderful moments in the exotic forest lodges, Kanha has a lot to offer.

    Find out everything that you need to know before planning a trip to Kanha National Park.

    How to reach Kanha National Park

    By air: Jabalpur is the nearest airstrip to Kanha National Park well connected with major Indian cities. Hire a cab to cover the rest distance from the airport to the national park.

    By rail: Gondia Railway Station, at a distance of 145 km, is the nearest railhead from Kanha. Cover the remaining distance by road in a cab.

    By road: Jabalpur (165 km – 4 hours) and Raipur (250 km – 6 hours) are the nearest and most accessible cities from Kanha National Park by road.  located close to Kanha National Park.

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    Best time to visit Kanha National Park

    Path leading to a house in Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh

    October to June is the best time to visit as summers in Kanha becomes too hot to handle. The conditions aren’t ideal for a safari ride. The park remains closed from July to Mid-October because of monsoon.

    Popular zones in Kanha National Park

    There are 4 popular zones in Kanha National Park. Although the entire national park area is famed for tiger sightings, every zone has its own specialty. The national park region borders the best of Vindhyas and Satpura range located across Central India. Famed as India’s second national park, Kanha has been successfully managed by the Madhya Pradesh tourism and over the period the national park area has been distributed to ensure that tourism functions properly in the park area.

    i) Mukki Safari Zone – Popular for tiger sighting

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    This was the second zone that came into the operation after Kanha Zone. Easily accessible from Raipur and Gondia towns. Mukki is 45 km from Kilsi Safari Zone.


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    ii) Kilsi Safari Zone – A mystic morning safari to start with

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    Kilsi Zone was the last one to be introduced. The zone is widespread with parts of it bordering Raipur area. Kisli village is located close to the Khatia Gate also known as Kilsi gate.

    iii) Sarhi Safari Zone – The best of jungle camps & meadows

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    Sarhi Zone was the third one to be introduced by the forest department to distribute the inflow of tourists visiting the national park area.

    iv) Kanha Safari Zone- The best of tiger & elephant safari

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    Kanha Safari Zone is the oldest of them all. Considered as the premium safari zone, Kanha’s entry fee is higher than other zones.

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    Things to do Kanha National Park

    i) Elephant Safari – Privilege to watch jungle while riding an elephant

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    Watch the dense jungles of Kanha National Park by sitting on the back of an elephant. Elephant safari is a luxury for anyone who has booked a full day jeep safari or someone who has planned a wildlife photography or filmmaking stint in the park region. The cost of elephant safari is usually on the higher side.

    ii) Tiger Safari – Catch the beast unaware in its habitat

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    Known for frequent tiger spotting, Kanha National Park safari is the apt way to savor the best of nature and watch the big cat roam around in the jungle.

    Safari timings: Morning – 6 am to 11 pm, evening – 3 pm to 5:45 pm

    Safari tariff: INR 4500 per round

    iii) Bird watching tour – A colorful experience indeed!

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    Given that Kanha National Park region boasts of some rare bird species in the park region make bird watching an exciting and engaging activity to go for. Go out and capture the colorful birdies fluttering around in their natural habitat. It’s a colorful world out there in the Kanha National Park.

    For more information on Kanha National Park safari booking visit the national park’s official website here

    Suggested stays in Kanha National Park

    Kanha National Park is known for wonderful stays, rustic stays, elegant retreats, and budget huts. Depending on your requirement, there are Kanha National Park hotels and lodges in & around the national park area to make your stay a memorable one. Forest guest house and cabins are located at the entrance of different zones in the national park. Log huts by MPSTDC (Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation) are also considered as cheap and best option.

    1. Banjar Tola

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    2 camps with 9 elegant suites, tented seating area, swimming pool, a wonderful kitchen, and hush environs make the highlights of this classy property by Taj. A stay here would leave you enthralled.

    Tariff: INR 27400 per night onwards

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    Suggested Read: Top Destinations For A Safari Honeymoon In India

    2. Kipling Camp Jungle Lodge

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    Brace yourself for some elephant sighting as you take a trip to this part of Kanha National Park. Wildlife viewing, luxe stay nestled in the heart of the jungle, and good North Indian food makes a stay worthwhile here.

    Tariff: INR 26000 per night onwards

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    3. Singinawa Jungle Lodge

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    Village walks, Padgdandi bicycling trips, excursion to Phen Sanctuary, meadow spa, and much more await you at Singinawa Jungle Lodge. Behold the best of the wild from the close quarters.

    Tariff:INR 17000 per night onwards

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    4. Tuli Tiger Corridor

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    Organised jungle safari, spa, elegant dining, and beautiful ensembles put Tuli Tiger Corridor atop the list of top Kanha National Park hotels and resort options.

    Tariff: INR 14000 per night onwards

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    5. Shergarh Tented Camp

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    Village-to-village bicycle tour, village markets, rustic trails, and exciting jungle safari! A stay at Shergarh Tented Camp means your priorities are in for a momentous stay at India’s one of the leading national parks.

    Tariff: On request

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    Life in the wild is so engrossing & a trip to Kanha National Park could be the best opportunity for you to explore the best of wild and free. Plan a trip to Kanha National Park now!

    Further Read: 4 Best Tourist Circuits In Madhya Pradesh


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