Kanha National Park - Central India
Mysterious Amazing Wilderness
The deafening roar continued to ring all over the forest, an
unnerving event. Then the tiger emerged - of charismatic dimension.
This mesmerizing spectacle unfolds only at
Kanha - Land of The Tiger.
The season for national park
Safari for Core Zones- October Mid to June
Safari for Buffer- All around the year
Things to do In Kanha National Park -
Jungle Safari- ₹5500-₹6500 For 6 people Including Naturalist and
Jeep safari is an exclusive experience of sighting Kanha’s teeming
wildlife and flourishing natural habitat. Navigate through the
core or buffer forests of Kanha in this open-top jeep safari,
which offers a getaway to new vistas in exploration and adventure.
Ride off at the crack of dawn, or venture out in the afternoons as
the sun beats a retreat into the transiting evening sky.
Our qualified and experienced naturalists accompany you in our
open 4x4 jeeps, specially fitted with front-facing, elevated seats
to enhance the safari experience. Kanha opens from sunrise till
11:30 am and then from late afternoon until sunset. The park
permits entry only after sunrise, while exits must be before
sunset. Timings do tend to change with the seasons. Places of
interest inside the park include Shravan Tal, Kanha Meadows and
the Interpretation Centre
Tribal Dinner- Price ₹800-₹1000 Per person
Gond or Gondwanas are traditional forest dwellers & form the
largest population around Kanha Tiger Reserve. Gond Thali, served
under a large Mahua tree decked with lanterns, is a not to be
missed experience. Gond Thali consists of Brahmkhass Chakri, Kurti
Dal, Desi chicken, bedra chutney with malta ka sharbat & a special
preparation of a local grain served with Kikad roti cooked live.
Nature Walk- ₹1000-₹1200 Per person
Led by one of the locals, this gives you an unparalleled insight
into the life of forest dwellers around Kanha.
An unhurried walk or on cycles, this is your chance to break bread
with the people living in small tribal hamlets in the jungles.
Wander around beautiful tribal villages with mud houses or enjoy
the buzz of a local village haat. This is a unique opportunity to
learn & connect.
Bonfire Night - ₹1500-₹2000 Per Session
The cold evenings of Kanha can push you to huddle up under a
blanket & miss out on the adventurous time that the evenings
offer. We go the extra mile to make sure you don’t feel that way &
make special arrangements to let you beat the bitter cold with our
popular activity, bonfire. Bonfire is a relaxing experience which
lets you bond with everyone present while you share interesting
tales about your jungle adventure.
The odyssey begins with the declaration of Halon and Banzar Valleys
as sanctuaries in the British Era. The pristine forests where
preserved from being ravaged by advancing humanity. However
substantial population remained at Kanha before it was declared as a
National Park. The conservation efforts brought about a dramatic
change and the wilderness made a comeback. The Project Tiger was a
much needed boost and the tiger number has crossed over a hundred in
the span of few decades. Hence Kanha is also a tiger reserve now
under the aegis of NTCA. The field director office is at Mandla
while the rest of the management have their HQs in the park and in
the buffer. As a conservation unit there are a large number of
patrolling camps inside the core and on the periphery which play a
major in fire protection and prevent poaching. No human habitation
except the forest staff is allowed in the core and only tourism or
tiger safari is permitted in twenty percent area.
The most reliable natural history notes are found in Capt. Forsyth's
"The Highlands of Central India". This is a series of personal
memoirs of this region as whole explained in vivid details by the
Major research by Dr. George Schaller et.al brought back the hard
ground swamp deer (Barasingha) from certain extinction. His findings
are published in the book "The Deer & The Tiger" 1967.
Land of Baigas & Gonds
The Baiga and Gond tribal communities are the oldest inhabitants of
India. The Gond dynasty ruled Central India since centuries, much
before written history. In essence the tribal were the guardians of
the Kanha Forests and shaped its destiny in time to come. The Baigas
are mystics with bizarre customs and as forest dwellers are found in
Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
In the earthen hamlets the colorful culture still prevails - the
rites & rituals, myths and mystery. Leading a simple life they have
very few necessities.
With the shrinking of habitat these communities were resettled to
the periphery. This was an act of conservation which brought
reprieve to animals. The evacuation took place from Sonf Meadow,
Bishanpura, Ghorela which were the lost grounds of the hard ground
swamp deer also known as Branderi Barasingha.
The land is composed of plains containing grasslands and mixed most
dry deciduos forests with dominence of Sal (shores robusta) at
places. The rivers drain the valleys besides the table top mountains
offer altitudinal variation. The height of mountains ranges from 600
MSL to 900 MSL at Bamni Dadar. The unique features are the edaphic
grasslands that where once tribal settlements.
As of today the core area or critical tiger habitat is 940 sq.km
while the outer ring or buffer zone is around 1000 sq.km. The
grassland ecosystems support wide variety of microorganism, other
vegetative matter, deer and birds. The grasslands are the lifeline
of Hard Ground Swamp Deer in Kanha. Its major part of diet consists
of some selected species of grasses that grow around water bodies
and the grasslands.
The grassland ecosystems are extensive at places like Kanha and
Sonf. These are edaphic in nature created by slash and burn practice
adopted by the tribal. The present day reserve is a small part of a
very large ecosystem which existed before denudation by man. The
species of grasses found here are: Themeda Spp, Chrsopogan fulus,
Imperata Cylindrica, Hetropogion Contortus, Dimeria Ornithpoda,
Iseilema Laxum, Oschemum Indicum, Sachrum Spontanium, Cyperus
pilosus, Sachrum munja and Bothriocloa odrata.
The mixed forest canopy comprises of Sal, Saaj, Lyndia, Tendu,
Dhawa, Tendu, Tinsa, Haldu, Char, Harra, Bahera, Salai, Semul,
Arjun, Palas, Kosum, Jamun, Aonla, Kurlu, Bija, Mahua, Thwar,
Baniyan, Pipal, Neem, Lasoda, Ghont, Maniphal, Bel, Rasoda, Kunhi,
Morchalli, Pakur and Ber. In the middle slopes pure thickets of
Bamboo can be found. The ecosystem is interspersed with mixed
forests, pure Sal, pure Bamboo, mixed forests with Bamboo,
grasslands and water bodies. The high humidity levels give rise to
many rare plants like the Drosera and aquatic plants upon which the
swamp deer feed.
Kanha Fauna & Avifauna
There are 43 species of mammals found at Kanha. Tiger is the
indicator species and a tertiary carnivore. Present population of
this apex predator is one hundred adults since cubs are not taken
into consensus. The forests abound in leopards, wild dog, jackal
besides herbivores like gaur, barasingha, sambar, chital, barking
deer, wild boar and Nilgai. Animals like hyena and wolf have become
rare. Sloth bears are present in good numbers but sighting is
difficult. Recently a pair of mouse deer was photographed in Kanha.
There is also news about Hispid Hare inhabiting Kanha National Park.
Small nocturnal animals like flying squrrel, giant squirrel,
pangolin. porcupine and civets can be seen at the Khatia buffer zone
during the night safari. Nilgai and four horned antelope can also
seen in the buffer zone
There are twenty six species of reptiles found in the park of which
four are poisonous. There are the Russel's Viper, Common Cobra.
Krait and Saw Scaled Viper. Other snakes found are rat snake,
python, chequered keelback, egg eating snake, grass snake, bronze
tree snake and wolf snake. Among the lizards monitor lizard is the
largest and also found are fan throated lizard, flying lizard and
More than two hundred bird species are found at Kanha of which the
notable ones are the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Changeable Hawk Eagle,
Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Pallas fish Eagle, Indian Pitta, Painted
Francolin, Mottled Wood Owl, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Racket Tailed
Drongo, White Rumped Shama, Golden Oriole, Alexandrine Parakeet,
Iora and many more.
Kanha Forests Rivers
Situated in Satpura Range, the Maikal Hills cradle Kanha Tiger
Reserve in the State of Madhya Pradesh in India. The region
constitutes two river valley systems of Halon and Banzar which are
tributaries of Narmada River. Amongst the two Halon is perennial but
Banzar retains poodles of water during the summers. Tributaries of
these rivers are the Surpan and Sulkum besides many smaller rivulets
and water bodies are the source of water for the park.
The rivers are rich source of microorganism plant matters that are
the producers. These diminutive creatures exhibit the finest example
of solar energy utilization. This process is primary to sustenance
of life and the preservation of food chain. A large species of fish
and other aquatic creatures inhabit these river systems. Along with
aquatic vegetation these systems support mammalian life like the
Kanha Sheer Magic
The National Park offers a wonderful holiday to nature lovers. The
thrills arise from jungle adventure and rare sights. But Kanha is a
space that carries a feel which you will understand as a nature
lover. The fun is just being there and the Courtyard House does the
Distance From Jabalpur: 165 km
Status: National Park and Tiger Reserve. Jurisdicton State of Madhya
Pradesh in India. Climate: Kanha Climate.
Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated in the State of
Madhya Pradesh in India. The park is closest to Jabalpur, Raipur and
Gondia. The best route is however Jabalpur which is connected by air
with Mumbai and New Delhi. Jabalpur is connected by rail with New
Delhi & Mumbai by overnight trains.
Kanha Courtyard is a super luxury resort with five rooms for privacy
and extreme comfort. The classic ambiance and offerings are meant
for people with taste of gracious hospitality. The serene confines
and green canopy coupled with fresh air and wild denizens are ideal
for a holiday in Kanha.