KANHA NATIONAL PARK

@Jabalpur, M.P. Established in 1955. Famous for – Munna and other Tigers, Leopards, Barasingha, grassy meadows and beautiful landscapes.

About Kanha National Park :
The beautiful grassy meadows and dense bamboo and sal forest leave every traveler who visits Kanha National Park speechless.  Located in Mailkal range of Satpudas in Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Central India.

Kanha was declared as reserved forest in 1879 and upgraded to wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Later it was upgraded to a National park in 1955. And in 1973 it was given a status of Tiger Reserve.  Kanha National Park is spread over the total area of 1950 sq.km; with core area of  940 Sq.km and buffer area of 1067 sq.km.  In year 2000 it was awarded as ‘Best Tourism Friendly National Park’ by Govt. of India.

The Kanha National Park was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the “land of the Gonds”. The Gonds and the Baigas ruled the adjoining areas of Kanha and even today the tribes of these kingdoms reside here.

Kanha National Park is closed Wednesday Afternoons and also remains closed during monsoons. The peak season starts from 1stOctober to 15th June every year.

Closest Airport : Jabalpur (175 kms)  Raipur (216 kms)  Nagpur (260kms)
Closest Railway Station : Jabalpur( 175kms) Gondia (200 kms) Nagpur (260 kms)

Co-ordinates : 22°20′0″N 80°38′0″E


KANHA NATIONAL PARK TOUR PACKAGE

Standard Itinerary

Day 1 –
Pick up from Katni/Jabalpur and transfer to Kanha National Park in private car. Reach Resort and Check in and rest. After Lunch Gear up and Leave for 1st Wildlife Safari. Evening Back to Resort. Dinner. Lights off and day ends.

Day 2 –

Early Morning Have Breakfast and Leave for 2nd Wildlife Safari. Alternatively you may carry your breakfast on safari only to save on safari time. Post safari back for Lunch. After Lunch Leave for 3rd Wildlife Safari. Evening Back to Resort.  Dinner. Lights off and day ends.

Day 3 –
Early Morning Leave For 4th Wildlife Safari. Check Out luggage. Enjoy the delicious Lunch and post Lunch Leave For Katni/Jabalpur by Private Vehicle.

Tour concludes with Happy Memories !!

Rate Chart (for 02 Nights / 03 Days Package considering 06 people per gypsy)

Resort Type Pricing per head (06 people per gypsy)
Economy Hotel  
Deluxe Resort  
Luxury Resort

Inclusions :

  1. Pickup and Drop in A/C Vehicle (Ex-Jabalpur)
  2. Accommodation in Resort on Triple/Twin/Single Sharing Basis in AC Rooms/luxury tents
  3. All Meals at Kanha National Park
  4. Tiger Safari in open gypsy
  5. All Taxes and Safari Permits
  6. Government Service Tax

Exclusions :
– Anything not mentioned in the inclusions list; e.g. Train/ Air travel, Personal orders, Camera charges etc.


BIODIVERSITY OF KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Kanha’s serene landscape is covered with dense groves of vegetation, hillocks and plateaus and meadows. The park is primarily a moist mixed deciduous forest featuring Sal, Bamboo, Tendu, Jamun, Arjun and Lendia. It is home to over 1,000 species of flowering plants.

The Park’s landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Other than the Royal Bengal Tiger Kanha boasts of amazing varied biodiversity. About 32 mammalian species are recorded in the park. Some of them include Leopards,Slothbears,Nilgai, Wild dogs, Jackals, Porcupines, Barasingha,Spotted deer etc.

Around 300 species of birds are seen here. The most commonly seen birds are the Black Ibis, Bee-eaters, Cattle Egret, Blossom-Headed Parakeets, ,Drongos, Common Teal, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Indian roller, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Little Grebes, Lesser Adjutants, Lesser Whistling Teal, Minivets, Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Pigeon, Paradise Flycatchers, Mynas, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Red Wattled Lapwing, Steppe Eagle, Tickell’s Flycatcher, White-eyed Buzzard, Kingfishers, Vultures  among many more

The reptile and amphibian diversity is also observed Reptiles like monitor lizard, Rock python etc. are seen.

 


FAMOUS TIGERS IN KANHA TIGER RESERVE

MUNNA :
Munna is most photographed and most famous tiger of Kanha. His striking facial markings of letter C,A and T on his forehead  (forms a word-cat) makes him easily recognizable. He is about 15 year old and still rules fiercely.  He is also called as Langda or Meadow male. He is seen in meadows most of the times but his terrotiry ranges from Chhattapathara to Naktighati.

CHOTI MADA :
Fisrt seen in January 2008, she is about 8 years old. This beauty is also called as Bisanpura female. She is daughter of Chain male and Badimada.Her territory lies in Bisanpurmeadows.She very calm and friendly.

NAK KATA :
This huge male is about 12 years of age and usually very shy. He is ferocious and dominant male of Kanha. His name comes from a huge scar he adorns on his face and nose acquired during a territory fight with Munna.

Other famous tigers of Kanha include KINGFISHER Male, KANKATA Male, BADI MADA, UMARPANI Female 2 etc.


SAFARI GATES & BOOKINGS

Four entry gates are made for safari vehicles to enter the park.

  1. Kanha- declared as premium zone.
  2. Mukki
  3. Sarhi
  4. Kisli

For safari bookings one has to do it online via Madhya Pradesh / Maharashtra booking portal.  Morning and evening safaris are available for tourism.  The safari timing change as per seasons and sunrise and sunset.

  • Morning Jeep: 6.00 A.M to 11.00 A.M. (entry allowed until 8.00 a.m.)
  • Afternoon Jeep: 3.00 P.M. until 6.00 P.M (entry allowed until 4.30 p.m.)

Each gate offers safari permit to the exclusive area of that range and no vehicle is allowed to interchange the zones while on safari. The entry and exit gate for the vehicle has to be same. The gypsy charges or vehicle charges are separate and one has to pay differently.

The tourists are not allowed to get down from the vehicle throughout the safari. A set of rules and regulation exists for tiger safari and the park guide is aware of that. One has to follow his instruction in order to follow the regulations.

For the gate entry one needs to produce identification documents of the tourists like passport/driving license/ pan card etc. For the foreigners the passport in original has to be shown.


HOTELS AND RESORTS IN KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Since the safari entry enter are located far from each other, there are few hotels/resorts located near every gate. The resorts range from low-budget, mid budget to luxury range. Comfortable stay options are available for tourists with good tasty meals and other amenities.

Some hotels are Kanha Earth Lodge Kanha, Banjartola, Muba at Mukki, Tuli Tiger resort etc.


WEATHER IN KANHA TIGER RESERVE

Summer are very hot and dry with temperatures as high as 40-45 degrees where as winter are cold with temperatures as low as 4-5 degrees. Monsoon  are from June to September.


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