Central India is blessed with the bounties of nature and Kanha tiger reserve is one of the most beautiful forests of the state of Madhya Pradesh. A safari to Kanha national park is a unique once in a lifetime experience. For wildlife enthusiasts a visit to this forest is a golden opportunity to closely observe the royal Bengal tigers and a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

About the park

The park is nestled in the Maikal range of Satpura in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India that forms the central Indian highlands and is situated at Mandla & Balaghat Districts. The national park is the largest national park of central India and a famous tiger reserve. If you are based in the states of MP, Chhattisgarh or Maharashtra you can easily plan a two-day weekend visit from the major cities of these states.

Kanha is a mix forest interspersed with meadows, which are home to a large population of Barasingha. Traditionally known as Dolhorina which is similar to the English name (Swamp Deer), Barasingha is the most abundant species found in Kanha Reserve. Additionally, you can combine your visit to Kanha along with other nearby beautiful forest destinations of Madhya Pradesh with abundance of wildlife such as Satpura, Bandhavgarh and Pench.

Safari booking and stay options

You can book your safari at Kanha national park through MP forest online website Forest Department Madhya Pradesh. The safari has to be booked at least 10 days in advance during the peak season to easily get the availability of seats. There are two timings for safari, morning and evening. You have an option of booking an entire vehicle or a single seat also. There are lots of hotels and resorts for staying near the forest.

How to visit

Kanha has excellent Air, Road & train connections from most parts of India. There are two key locations of Kanha National park, Khatia & Mukki Entrance gate. Khatia entrance gate falls on Mandla district & Mukki on Balaghat district of MP State.

By road

The cities given below have good connectivity to the cities like Delhi. You can take a train or flight and then travel by road via these places. Distance of Kanha National Park from some nearby destinations & approximate driving time is:

Jabalpur180 Kms/ 04 Hrs Drive
Nagpur254 Km/ 5 hr 38 min
Raipur180 kms/ 4 hr 20 min
Bilaspur194 kms/ 5 hr
Bhilai172 kms / 4 hr 3 min

By railway

The Nearest Railway Stations are Gondia (121 km) and Jabalpur (180 km) which have connectivity with major cities like Indore and Bhopal.

By air

The nearest airports are Jabalpur and Raipur.

Best time to visit

Things to pack

During the peak winter season, from November to February it is necessary to pack warm clothes including jacket, mufflers, gloves because the morning open jeep safari drive can be freezing cold. April-June months are extremely hot therefore it is recommended to carry light colored cotton clothes and caps. Bright colors can disturb the animals therefore clothes should be the in muted jungle shades of beige,brown,green and black.