Kanha National Park is situated between the mountain peaks of Majkal and Satpura and is home to a wide variety of animal life Stretched over an area of 2000 sq km. Kanha is known for its towering trees, vast grazing lands, sparkling streams and groves of wild bamboo. This park also has a huge variety of flora that includes some 600 plants. The two streams named Banjar and Halon flow through the park and act as a reservoir. Animals like tiger, gaur, bison, sambar, chital, black buck, barasingha, leopard, barking deer and many more can be spotted here. The park also has endangered species like the swamp deer and is home to a huge variety of birds.
Kanha's Jungle Safari gives an opportunity to watch the animals in a friendly setting, without disturbing them. To navigate people throughout the park, there is an open vehicle that takes people through the dense forest, to spot any small animal that might sneak into the meadows. Inside the jungle there is a lodge, which has a library that includes a huge collection of books, magazines and videos about wildlife. The Jungle Safari in Kanha not only involves nature walks but activities like walking through the nearby village, watching the various species of birds and dances performed by the tribal people in this area. To experience the world of the jungle more closely and minutely, one can take a walk through the winding ways inside the forest. The park also provides a guide to visitors to show the way and gather information about the jungle.
Inside the Kanha National Park there is the Kanha Museum. This is a place from where detailed information about the topography of the park and its various aspects can be obtained.
From the Kanha National Park, Kawardha Palace is a drive of around 3 hours. This resort was constructed by King Dharamraj Singh between 1936 and 1939. Stretched across an area of 11 acres, this resort is made of Italian marble. From Kawardha Palace, some nearby locations which can be visited are the Krishna Temple, Bhoremdeo Temple, Mandawa Mahal and Madan Manjari Mahal.
In the village of Boda Chhapri at a distance of some 2 km from the village of Mocha, a MPCA or Medicinal Plantation Conservation Area is situated. This place is quite remote and located inside the forest, where it becomes denser, so it is better to take someone well-acquainted with the area.
Best Time To Visit: October to June.
How to reach there:
Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (156 km.), connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.
Daily bus service available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur and back. Taxis are available for hire from Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Raipur. Vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.
Most convenient railheads are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur.