Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh are two most popular national parks in India and known for highest number of Bengal tiger population in Madhya Pradesh.
Kanha National Park over an area of 940 km2 and today divided into two sanctuaries Hallon and Banjar. The park is the largest National Park in Central India and has significant population of Bengal tiger and Indian leopards.
Bandhavgarh National Park with an area of 105 km2 host the high density of the tiger population in India. The park is also host large breeding population of Indian leopards and has a large biodiversity of wild animals.
The park offers two safaris in a day, morning and mid afternoon.
Both parks remain closed from June 30 to September 30 each year, closed on every Wednesday afternoon safari as well as on Holi and Diwali festival.
The safari cost of full Gypsy at Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park consists of below structure.
Permit fee – 1500 Rupees for a full Jeep with 6 people capacity.
Guide fee – 360 Rupees per safari
Vehicle Entry fee – 2300 Rupees per jeep (Gypsy)
Camera Fee: 200 Rupees for lenses 250 mm and above
Booking can be made in advance at MP Forest Department Online website.
Jabalpur is the only near by airport for both Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park.
Alternatively, One can also reach Bandhavgarh by nearest train station Umaria and for Kanha, Jabalpur is the nearest railway station.
Hire a private taxi for cab from Jabalpur to reach Kanha National Park, for Bandhavgarh National Park book a cab from Umaria railway station or from Katni railway station.
Jabalpur to Kanha National Park – 165 km
Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh National Park – 190 km
March and April is the best time to see tigers in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park. May and June are very hot time but chances are good for tiger sightings as well as other wild animals such as Leopards, Sloth bear and Dhole Dog.