The Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha is only found in Kanha and nowhere else in the world, either in wild or captivity

Kanha’s Pride

Kanha National Park is  the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh & a feast for the eyes for wildlife enthusiasts.

An epitome of conservation,successful rehabilitation of the Hard ground Swamp Deer ( Barasingha ) speaks about the dedication & efforts of the forest dept as well as the local population.

Kanha National Park is famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers as well as the Hard Ground Swamp Deers (Barasingha) which are endemic to Kanha.

k a n h a

India’s most iconic National Park – Kanha National Park or Kanha Tiger Reserve, a.k.a Kanha Kisli is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and falls in the districts of Mandla and Balaghat.

"Bhoorsingh the Barasingha"

The official mascot of Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park became the first tiger reserve in India to introduce an indigenous Mascot “Bhoorsingh the Barasingha”. The mascot will be showcasing Barasingha ( Hard Ground Swamp deer )as the spirit of Kanha as well as showcase the efforts of team Kanha to conserve & rehabilitate the endemic species.With the introduction of the new Mascot, Kanha National Park hopes to create better engagement with the tourists, specially the younger generation who are digital savvy and look for unique experience during their visit to the park. Bhoorsingh will play a vital role in educating and enriching  the visitors about the unique distinction of Kanha. Bhoorsingh will create a new brand identity for Kanha National Park and help it differentiate itself from the other national parks of India.

There are infact two things that Bhoorsingh is extremely proud of :

  • Of being endemic to Kanha national Park
  • And it’s glorious twelve tinned antelers.

Stay “tinned” for more ….

The vast grasslands of Kanha National Park, extending over an area of 2,000 sq km, are surrounded by the Satpura Mountains, which stand at heights ranging from 450 and 900 m. comprising the Banjar and Halon valleys of the erstwhile princely provinces of Central India, Kanha ended up being a hunting ground for the British in between 1879 and 1910. In 1933, it was developed as a sanctuary and was eventually declared a National Park in 1955. The park has a rare species of barasingha (swamp deer), which resides in a hard-ground habitat. It is believed that the name Kanha originated from the texture of the soil found in the area. The soil is sandy in Banjar Valley in Kanha, Kisli and Mukki ranges. In the lower pockets, it is finely textured and somewhat clayey. It is locally called kanhar, therefore the name.

Though it is one of India’ s better protected Project Tiger reserves, conservationists do have their concerns about Kanha. This is due to its proximity to impoverished villages, and its closeness to Nagpur, which is known as an illegal wildlife trade hub in Central India.

Kanha National Park has developed an infrastructure comparable to international standards for tourists. Offering multiple options to suit all pockets for boarding and lodging are available. Main tourist attractions include drives along forest roads and a comprehensive world class nature interpretation programme. Come experience the wilderness & enjoy the legacy of Kanha !!

"I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony".



There are three entry points into Kanha– Khatia (Kisli), Mukki and Sarhi. Mukki, in the south can be more easily approached from Nagpur and Raipur while Khatia and Sarhi are more convenient from Jabalpur. Sarhi can also be approached from Raipur. Sarhi is a more recent gate and there is a beautifully located property of MP Tourism on this side. From Mukki gate only entry for the morning safari in Kanha zone is permitted. From Sarhi gate only entry for morning safari in Kisli gate is allowed. Hotels on the Mukki side are more high-end than those on the Khatia side. Distance between Khatia and Mukki is approximately 50 km. The Banjar river runs through the southwest part of the park.

When travelling from Jabalpur to Kanha (155 km), you arrive at the Khatia Gate via Bamhni-Banjar. The Mukki entrance via Baihar is close to Nagpur (270 km). Both the entrances have canteens and orientation centers with sales counters offering pamphlets and mementos.
No vehicles are allowed in the park without a registered guide (employed at the entry points). Walking is prohibited. So is smoking, the use of horns and headlights. Jeeps and Gypsies are available on hire however only local vehicles registered with the park are allowed.

HISTORY OF Kanha National Park

Kanha originally formed a part of the Gondwana or the “land of gonds”. These forests were inhabited by two aboriginal tribes, practicing shifting cultivation and subsisting on forest resources.

Geography Location & Area of Kanha National Park

Kanha is located in the central Indian highlands, which accounts for more than half of India’s forests. The park is located amidst the Maikal range which forms the eastern base of the triangular Satpura range.

Climate & Best Time to visit Kanha National Park

Each & every season offers a unique experience.
While in winters when the temperature falls below 2°c, the fog settling on the lakes & the meadows are a photographers delight.
In summers,the temperature can shoot upto 42°c.
The clarity of the atmosphere in this season helps the tourist get a perfect view of wild life.

Things to do & Activities in Kanha National Park

  • Jeep Safari
  • Nature walk in buffer zone
  • Night safari
  • Birding
  • Tribal village visit
  • Elephant bath in camp

Best Places to stay in Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park hosts a significantly large number of budget / deluxe / premium & luxury accommodations.

Wildlife of Kanha National Park

Kanha supports a sustainable and viable population of it’s famed denizens – the Royal Bengal Tigers and an endemic population of the Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha. Kanha National Park also harbours 43 varied species of mammals, including predators like the leopard and wild dog, herbivores like the gaur, sambar and chital, and scavengers like the hyena and jackal.

How to reach Kanha National Park

The most comfortable way to reach Kanha National Park is to hire a cab from Jabalpur (in Madhya Pradesh), Raipur in Chattisgarh or Nagpur (in Maharashtra).

Tour Packages for Kanha National Park

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For Your Eyes Only


Kanha remains closed for tourists from 1st July till 30th of September every year or as reviewed & decalred by the Forest department.


Winters ( Dec to Feb ) can be extremely cold touching sub zero. Summers are hot & humid.


Jungle Safari’s are allowed for tourists subject to availability of permits. It is advisable to pre book wildlife tours well in advance as issuance of permits are highly restricted & much in demand. 

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 India’s most iconic National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the Best Places to see Tigers in the wild.

Featuring some renowned Tigers inhabitating Kanha.

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