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What is the Best Time to Visit Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh?

Kanha National Park, a prime Tiger land with the lush- green forests of sunlight and shadows, rolling meadows, innumerable streams and all the flora and fauna that you can imagine!

Kanha National Park situated in Madhya Pradesh, is a pioneer in the scientific conservation management in the country. It reflects the success of the ‘Project Tiger’ in India as it boasts of a significant number of tigers. The park boasts a wide assortment of animals including tigers, twelve horned Barasingha, Jackal, Hiran, black faced langur, a ubiquitous chital, guar and monkeys. A tourist can also spot porcupines, sloth bears, pythons, sambar and a magnificent mouse deer.

The park also houses a colorful and exotic range of avifauna, including bee-eaters, Indian rollers, paradise flycatchers, golden orioles, outlandish hornbills, egrets and numerous Kingfishers. Virtually, every tourist who visits Kanha, is moved by the diversity of its flora and fauna.

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The Best Time to Visit Kanha National Park

Kanha Tiger Reserve Madhya Pradesh

The best time to visit Kanha Tiger Reserve is the period from start October to June end.

The temperature goes to extreme levels in Kanha. The summer season (April to June) the maximum temperature hovers around 43 degrees. It is the best time for tiger sighting as due to the heat, animals come to quench their thirst in the water bodies.

Winters (November to February) can be quite cold. In winters, the frost often cloaks the meadows. Monsoon rains by that time had already rejuvenated the environs of kanha. It gives refreshing vibes. It is also the best time to see Migratory Birds.

The park remains closed for the visitors in the monsoon season, from July to September, as the roads are not navigable during this period.

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Opening Time of Kanha National Park

Kanha Tiger Reserve Tiger

15th October to 30th June

The safari Timings in Kanha National Park are as follows:

From 01st October to 15th February:

  • Morning Timing: From Sunrise to 11 AM
  • Afternoon Timing: From 02:00 PM to Sunset

From 16th February to 15th April

  • Morning Timing: From Sunrise to 11 AM
  • Afternoon Timing: 3 PM to Sunset

From 16th April to 30th June

  • Morning Timing: From Sunrise to 10:00 AM
  • Afternoon Timing: From 3:30 PM to Sunset

Note: At Kanha National Park, the afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remains closed for the tourists on Wednesday.

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Some Interesting Facts about Kanha National Park

Madhya Pradesh Kanha Tiger

  • Huge Empire of Wilderness – Kanha National Park is one of the most visited wildlife destinations in Madhya Pradesh. It is so huge that it actually covers the two adjacent districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Sunshine in the Darkness- When the states like Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal were trying hard to save the most endangered species of Deer – Barahsingha but failed, at that time Kanha National Park emerged as a ray of hope that saved the endangered Barasingha from extinction.
  • World of Varieties – Kanha National Park is blessed with beautiful variations i.e highland and lowland. This is the reason why this park has different varieties of animals and avian species.
  • Protector of Wild Dogs- Kanha National Park also houses one of the most aggressive species of wild dogs known as Dhole. It’s an endangered Indian species of Wild Dog.
  • Source of Jungle Book- British Novelist Rudyard Kipling took inspiration from the beauty of Kanha National Park to set the background of his novel Jungle Book.
  • Land of Tigers – Kanha National Park was the setting in the film – Land of Tigers which is an award-winning film made in 1980’s for National Geographic.
  • Best and Tourist Friendly- In 2000 Kanha National Park was awarded as the best tourism friendly national park by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

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Floral and Faunal Wealth of Kanha National Park

MP Kanha National Park Tiger

Kanha National Park is a jewel of Madhya Pradesh when it comes to best wildlife destination. It has unique terrains; you will see lowlands as well as highlands which breeds a variety of animals and floral species.

You will have beautiful combinations of forests, mountains, plateaus and grasslands all in one place. No doubt why you should consider this gem for your next wildlife holidays if you are looking for varieties.

Quick Info About Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park Area 940sqkm
Forest Type Tropical Moist Mixed Deciduous Forests, Moist Peninsular Sal Forests and Dry Deciduous Forests
Kanha Park Famous for Barasingha Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger and Dholes
Types of Safaris Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari
Floral Species Sal, Saja, Lendia, Dhawa, Tendu, Palas, Bija, Mahua, Aonla, Achar and Bamboo etc
Mammal l Species Barahsingha, Dholes, Tiger, Panther, Leopard, Blackbuck, Boar, Chausingha, Gaur, Langur, Wild Pig  etc
Reptile Species Common Rat Snake, Indian Krait, Common Skink, Indian Cobra, Russell’s Viper, Indian Monitor, Throated Lizard, Indian Garden Lizard etc.
Fish Species Common Rasbora, Mud Perches, Brown and Green Snakehead, Giant Diano etc.
Bird Species Crested Serpent Eagle, Wood Shrikes, Paradise Flycatchers, Gray Hornbill, Indian Roller, Pond Heron, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Steppe Eagle etc.

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How to Reach Kanha National Park?

Kanha Tiger with Cub

  • By Air: Jabalpur (170 kms) is the nearest airport connected directly with Mumbai and New Delhi airports.
  • By Rail: The Nearest Railway Stations for accessing Kanha National Park is Gondia & Jabalpur. Gondia railway station is 145kms/03:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Khatia Entrance Gate). Jabalpur railway station is 170kms/04:00 hrs drive from Kanha (Mukki Entrance Gate)
  • By Road – Kanha National Park has good road connectivity. Public and private buses are available from the major cities like Jabalpur, Raipur, Bilaspur, Nagpur etc to lead you towards Kanha. You will also get cabs, cars and taxis to reach here.

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Where to Stay During Kanha National Park Tour

Hotels & Resorts in Kanha

There are numerous options for accommodation in Kanha. Some of the popular choices are Kipling Camp jungle Lodge and Kanha Jungle lodge situated just outside the park. If a tourist is searching for a cheaper option, then he or she can opt for the log huts. There are many other forest rest cabins and houses at Mukki, Kisli and Khatiya. Log huts, popularly named as ‘Baghira Log Huts’, are also the popular places to opt for. These log huts are of MPSTDC (Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation).

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Popular Places to Visit in and around Kanha National Park

Nearby Places to Visit in Kanha - Kanha Museum

  • Kanha Museum
  • Kawardha Palace
  • Jabalpur
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Bamni Dadar
  • Pachmarhi
  • Banjaar River
  • Mandla

Kanha Museum

Along with the sightseeing and wildlife safari,a visit to Kanha Museum will be the best thing to do at Kanha Tiger Reserve. You will get a useful insight on topographical information, information on complex food chains and history of the park. It also houses skeletons of various carnivore, herbivore and reptile species, specimens, charts and photographs related to wildlife.

Highlights- Evening Light and Sound Show

Time- 9:00am to 6:00pm

Kawardha Palace

The majestic Kawardha Palace still stands in pride to lure the tourists from across the globe. Built with imported Italian marble and stone by Maharaj Dharamraj Singh in 1930’s, the beauty and magnificence of this palace will mesmerize your soul. Maikal Hill ranges in the backdrop makes this place a wonderful haunt for photographers. Stretched over 11 acres of greenery, it is every nature lover’s delight. This beautiful palace is also one of the best heritage hotels to live in Madhya Pradesh. The touch of luxury and royalness will seduce your senses forever. It is one of the most popular places to visit near Kanha National Park.

Jabalpur

If you are searching for the soul of Madhya Pradesh then Jabalpur will never disappoint you. It is one of the best places to visit near Kanha National Park. On the banks of Narmada River, the city is blessed with amazing marble mountains, serene temples rich with grand architecture, marvelous forts and soothing waterfalls. The major attractions here are Chausath Yogini Temple which is said to be more than 100 years old, the Kachnar Temple which houses a 76 ft statue of Lord Shiva, Dhuandhar Falls, Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mohan Fort etc. If you love visiting historical monuments of great universal value then Jabalpur is one of the best places to be in.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Apart from Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park is another one of the most popular wildlife destinations to visit near Kanha Tiger Reserve if Wildlife Safari at Kanha is not enough to satisfy your adventure craving. Elephant Safaris and Tiger Jeep Safaris will give you a wonderful wildlife sighting experience.  There is an amazing Sunset viewpoint at the top of an hillock located at the middle of the park, one can also seek divine blessings from Devi Jwalamukhi Temple and the beauty of Barmera Dam will captivate your mind.

Bamni Dadar

Bamni Dadar is the highest point which will enchant your soul with the gorgeous views of sunset at Kanha National Park. If you love nature photography then you must visit Bamni Dadar to capture this beautiful scene. Canopy of trees all around, orange sunset sky, glimpses of deer and bison and bird-eye view of bewitching Kanha National Park will be itched on your heart forever. It is indeed the best place to visit in Kanha National Park.

Pachmarhi

Don’t forget this bewitching hill station while enjoying wildlife destinations in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most popular tourist spots to visit near Kanha National Park. Its beauty will enchant you to live here forever. It is referred to as the Queen of Satpura for a reason and that reason is its fairytale-like scenic landscapes. The lofty Satpura mountain ranges will gaze at you with a smile. It’s a hub of scenic waterfalls, ancient Buddhist era caves, rock paintings and soothing greenery. If you are a nature lover then definitely this place will blow your heart away.

Banjaar River

Banjaar River is another amazing tourist spot to visit in Kanha National Park. The surroundings near Banjaar river is a wonderful spot for cycling. You will get to see the natural surroundings from close up. Cycling expedition will also take you to the gond tribal homes, which will captivate your heart with their simplicity. You will also get to know about the tribal culture and Birdwatching will make your day memorable.

Mandla

Mandla is a blissful paradise for nature lovers near Kanha National Park. It is located near Narmada Riverside. One visits Mandla for its stunning nature vistas, serene temples, magnificent forts, old temple of Lord Shiva, water springs of medicinal value and the most wonderful phenomena of Narmada River. At this place Narmada River splits itself into gray and white streams and flows through limestone and basalt rocks creating a series of magical colors. What a perfect sight for photography! It is a must visit place to visit near Kanha National Park to make your holidays more interesting and memorable.

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How to book Kanha National Park Tour Package?

If you are planning a trip to Kanha National Park, you can contact us at +91-9212777223/24 or email us your query for amazing customized Kanha wildlife Tour Packages.

What is Kanha National Park is famous for?

Kanha National Park is famous for rich wildlife exploration. The most featured species of animal here is Endangered Barahsingha Deer and Dhole. Also has a good population of Royal Bengal Tigers.

What is the opening and closing time to visit Kanha National Park?

The Opening Time of Kanha National Park - 15th October to 30th June.

Published: 24 Jan, 2022

About the author

Tanmay Sharma

Tanmay Sharma is a wildlife enthusiast, who is fond of exotic fauna and flora. In the search of interesting wild beings, he has travelled every destination of India, be it the snow dressed area of Uttarakhand, deserted land of Rajasthan or central highlands of Madhya Pradesh. Besides being a true lover of wildlife, Tanmay has a creative edge in writing through which he shares his expertise and experiences with the world.