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  • 480 KM From Bhopal
  • 175 KM From Jabalpur
  • 219 KM From Raipur


  • By Air : Nagpur is the nearest Airport to Kanha National Park which is situated at a distance of about 266 km. Besides, one can also reach the National Park from Bhopal airport.
  • By Rail : Jabalpur is the nearest railhead to Kanha National Park. This railhead is located at a distance of about 169 km from the sanctuary. Besides, one can also reach the park from Khajuraho and Raipur railway stations.
  • By Road : Kanha National Park is connected with major cities in India by regular luxury bus services. Bus and private car services are also available from the airports and the railway stations to the sanctuary.



Kanha situated flat-topped hills (500-1,000 m) support grassy meadows. Well-watered valleys, rich with forests, ascend in steps from west to east. The river Sulkum, a tributary of the Banjar, flows through Kanha and is its principal source of water. Kanha is one of the few Indian wildernesses reminiscent of the vast African veldt, where grasslands permit total visibility and herds of animals can be spotted from relatively great distances. Most Indian jungles are more closed, and such sightings are otherwise difficult. The cordon of hills that surround it are the result of ancient volcanic activity and are densely forested.

The Banjar and Halon Valley forests form the western and eastern halves of Kanha. The low-lying Banjar valley floods over in the rains, leaving behind rich soils. The southern source of the mighty and now controversial Narmada River lies in the Maikal hills. The epitome of Kipling country, with forests of sunlight and shadows, myriad streams, rolling meadows and all the wildlife imaginable. Home to one of the world's most endangered deer - the Hardground Barasingha - this amazing National Park helped pioneer the advent of scientific conservation management in India. It is justifiably held out as one of Project Tiger's star success stories.


  • Bamni Dadar : Bamni dadar is one of the highest plateaux in the tiger reserve and offers an enchanting view of the vastness and beauty of the forests. The Britishers use to take a ride by their aircraft to view the beauty of the park. There is still place in Bamni dadar from where the aircraft takes off. It is highly recommended Bambni dadar while you visit the park. It is also known as the sunset point of Kanha. Most tourist use to visit Bamni dadar to experience the awe-inspiring view of sun set during the winding up of their evening park safari. Bamhani dadar offers spectacular views of western part of the national park. It is the highest point in Kanha. Here you will barking deer, spotted deer and Indian bison.
  • Sonf Meadows : Sonf village was the first one to be moved out from Park area for making spreading the tiger reserve in Kanha. As the people being moved away from the reserve, within few years few barasingha descended here and they began to breed successfully. The thick and extensive cover of tall grasses protected the barasingha fawns from predators. Similar to Sonf, there are few other meadows also where the earlier villages were there.
  • Kanha Meadows : The Kanha Meadows is one of the most popular visit place in Kanha. As many times tourist have spotted the tiger hunting its prey. In Large meadows you can witness the herbivores, and therefore carnivores are also there.
  • Shravan Tal : There is a small water pond in the reserve which is popularly known as sharan tal. As per the belief of local villagers, that it was named because of the history that the dutiful son shravan Kumar came here to fetch water to his blind Parents. Kings Dasharatha (father of Shri Rama) has mistakenly shooted shravan Kumar with his bows arrows as they thought there is a wild animal drinking water from the pond.
  • Shravan Chita : Shravan Chita is the so called place where the dutiful son shravan Kumar, was cremated. It was a mythological belief that the King Dasharatha, who was on a hunting expedition happen to be near to the spot where shravan Kumar went to fetch water for his blind parents. The spot is at a centre of the park when you enter from Kisli gate and moves towards Kanha. Large number of herbivores and carnivores animals and birds use to come here as the water availability in this pond is throughout the year.
  • Lapsi Kabar : This place is around 04 km from Kanha. It was a real fact that a guide cum naturalist had a face to face encounter with the king of the Jungle. The guide cum naturalist was accompanying the guest during the jungle safari. He fought bravely with the tiger but in the end paid with his life. The gravestone is the memorial for his courage.
  • Kanha Museum : Kanha Museum is located near the entrance of Kisli Gate. The Kanha museum is established and maintain by the forest department of Madhya Pradesh. Here you can find the skeletons of reptiles, carnivores and herbivores. The museum is opened through out the day for the visitors.
  • Dasharatha Machan : While you are near the shravan tal, you can see opposite to it the mountain like structure called as shravan machan. As the Indian mythology says that from this point the doomed arrow to dutiful son Shravan Kumar. The Hill on which the machan existed is known as Macha Dongar. King Dasharatha used that machan as a hideout for hunting. The Machan is buit at a height on the trees, where they wait patiently for animals to pass by. It seems like an easy hunting technique, but it is not.



The park is open daily from 15th of October to 30th June. The opening hours are scheduled to accord roughly with the seasonla variations in climate, as well as with the length of the day at different seasons.


  • The rainy Season (Mid June - October) The monsoonal showers in late June kills the heat & the vegetation turns into intense green. A thick undercoat starts covering the forest floor & the leaves on the decidous trees unfold. This the fawing period for the herbivores. But the park is closed for visitors in this season.
  • The cold season ( November - February) Winter is the best season of the year. The day temperature rarely goes over 30°C. November is mildly cold while December - January are the coldest. Since monsoon has recently receded the vegetation is green, but the grass in the meadows turns yellow due to severe frost.
  • The Hot Season ( March - Mid June) Summer in Kanha is not very harsh. Though the daytime temperature reaches 40°C in shade, there are no hot winds. rains, if any are sporadic, but it sometimes hails in March - April.



Basic thali style food is available in the park and surrounding regions and Cool drinks and beer are usually available.

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