About Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

“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, as this species of hard ground Barasingha is only found in Kanha  and nowhere else in the world, either in wild or captivity. 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 !!


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 no accommodation on this side. Hotels on the Mukki side are more high-end than those on the Khatia side. Distance between Khatia and Mukki is approximately 35 km. The Banjar river runs through the southwest part of the park.

When travelling from Jabalpur to Kanha (155 km), you arrive at the Kisli 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. Elephant rides are another alternative.

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, practising shifting cultivation and subsisting on forest resources.

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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.

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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.

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Places to stay in Kanha National Park

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

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Things to do & activities in Kanha National Park

  • Jeep Safari
  • Nature walk in buffer zone
  • Night safari

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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.

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Operation Wildlife of Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park remains closed from 1st of July till 30th of September each year or as reviewed and declared by the Forest Department.

The Park also remains closed on the day of Holi & Diwali festival.

Every Wednesday’s, there are no excursions in the afternoon.

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Each & every season offers a unique experience.

How to Reach Kanha National Park

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    The nearest airport station is Jabalpur
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    The nearest railway station is Jabalpur ( 175 kms | 4 hrs drive ).
    All these towns have regular air & train connections with Delhi,Mumbai as well as other major cities of India.

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Tour Packages for Kanha National Park

We offer customized & tailor made packages for Kanha National Park as per the requirement of the guest.
We offer all travel advise & logistical support regarding the air & train connections,transfers, excursions as well as accommodations.

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