The famous land of Tigers, Kanha Kisli National Park is located in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha Tiger Reserve has 60 Royal Bengal Tiger and significant population of leopards, the sloth bear, Indian wild dog,Indian bison and Barasingha also known as swamp deer.
The lush sal trees and bamboo forests with grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha makes it one of the most beautiful forest for Indian tigers and its prey such as chital or spotted deer,Sambar deer and wild boar.
How To Reach Kanha
Jabalpur is the most convenient place in Madhya Pradesh to reach Kanha via Mandla, Its 151 km from Jabalpur and takes 5:30 hours to reach the Kanha wildlife park.
Bus (MP-51-P-0102) run every morning at 7:00 am from Jabalpur bus stand to Kanha and drop the passenger in front of Kanha entrance in Khatia village.
Another option is, travel Jabalpur to Mandla (In case you did not get direct bus) and get a taxi or mini bus from Mandla to Khatia village.
Where To Stay
There are many big and small resorts available in the Khatia village equipped with all the possible facilities.
One of them is Motel Chandan close to the entrance gate and charged 1250 per night for (without AC) and 1850 (AC)-Fair may change.
How To Book Ticket
One can easily book tickets in advance for Safari in Kanha Park through the online portal of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Department (mponline).
Current reservation is also available at the entrance gate of park in Khatia village, need to fill a form and pay the required sum of ticket plus Jeep.
Safari Charges and Timing
Tickets are available at Rs 1250 for entry in Kisli, Mukki and Serai zone and 1750 for Kanha zone plus separate fees must be paid for Jeep hire and Jeep entry (Rs 1800). Rates may change
Morning Ride Hours: 6:30 am to 11:00 noon
Evening Ride Hours: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
When To Travel
Best time and Season to travel Kanha is between February to June, I was there in January though but during the summer season chances are more to spot tigers as compare to winter.
As the inland water resources of jungle get dry, all the wild animal come out of the dense forest in the search of water, that’s when we can spot all animals at one place.
Park remain closed during the monsoon season from 1 July to 15 October, Kanha national park receive pretty heavy rain.