Kanha National Park

About Park

Kanha National Park is a very popular national tiger reserve in the Mandala and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in 1930s, the park was divided into two major sanctuaries namely- Hallon and Banjarres pectively lying at an area of 250 kmē and 300 kmē. Later the Kanha Reserve was established in 1955 stretching over the area of 940 kmē in Mandala and Balaghat including the surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 kmē. This reserve is best known for its wide ranges of flora and fauna and had been the source of inspiration for the famous writer Rudyard Kipling for his prominent book "The Jungle Book".

The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush Sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha make the environment more pristine and cozy.


The majestic Indian Tiger (the Panthera Tigris) are found majorly in Kanha National Park. The big cat tigers and leopards are tertiary carnivorous in the food chain and along with them wild cats, dogs and jackals can also be observed in Kanha.

The Swamp Deer or Hard Ground Barasinghais the pride of this reserve since it is the only place of sub species of swamp deer in India. Kanha National park has major role in rescuing the swamp deer from getting extinguished.

Other commonly seen animals in the park include the spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and the four-horned deer which were discovered at Bamni Dadar climb. Recently, mouse deer have also been discovered in the tiger reserve.

Some nocturnal animals like fox, hyena, jungle cats, civets, porcupine, ratel or honey badgers can be found in the dense surroundings.


Python, cobras, crate, rat snakes, vipers, keel back and grass snakes can be rarely seen being the nocturnal species but many species of turtle and various amphibians can also be witnessed near the water bodies.


Kanha National Park is a dry deciduous forest & offer glorious sights to the tourists during the Kanha Reserve tour. The forest includes the lush, Sal, Bamboo along with the India ghost tree known as Kullu. Additionally, this reserve is also home to many varied vegetations climbers, shrubs, herbs and exclusive aquatic plants. This area is abundance in meadows and maidanswhich are basically the open grasslands spread across the fields of abandoned villages. There are many species of grass in Kanha some of which are important for the survival of Barasingha (Cervus Duvauceli Branderi). Dense forested zones with good crown cover have abundant species of climbers, shrubs and herbs flourishing in the reserve.

Safari Timing

Morning Safari Evening Safari
06:00 hrs to 11:00 hrs 14:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs

Travel Information

How to Reach

Jabalpur can be the most convenient place for the visitors to make a start as the nearest airport is just 175 km from it. Besides, Nagpur and Raipur airports can also be found for better connectivity which are just 260 km and 219 km away from Kanha respectively.

Mandla is just 70 km from Kanha and brings good connection with Kanha. The tourist taxi servicesare easily available from Jabalpur to Kanha National Park. From Jabalpur, Mandlaand Nainpur are the perfect option to access easily.

General Information

  • Core Area- 940 kmē
  • Terrain- Sal and bamboo forests, plateaus, meadows and meandering streams
  • Best time to visit- November to June
  • Off time (season) - 1 July to 15 October
  • Major Attractions- tigers, leopards and bears