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Kanha National Park in Jabalpur

·  Summer: March-June (22°C - 40°C)
·  Winter: November-February (10°C - 27°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-June

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Wednesday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 1,500
Children:  INR 1,000
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 3,000
Children:  INR 2,000
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Visitors to the Kanha National Park instantly realize why the protected forest reserve inspired Rudyard Kipling for his magnum opus ‘The Jungle Book’. Spread over 940 sq. km. area, the park was created in 1955 and soon it became a part of the Kanha Tiger Reserve along with other nearby forest reserves. While royal Bengal Tiger is the most spellbinding attraction of Kanha, one can also enjoy exploring the likes of leopards, slothe bear, swamp deer (barasingha), spotted deer, sambar, bison, nilgai, hyena, jungle cat and wild lives of other sorts.

Kanha is also famous as a bird watching destination for being home to storks, egrets, pintails, herons, rollers, drongo, kingfishers, finches, green pigeon, woodpeckers and many more. Apart from over 1,000 flowering plants, the park also boasts of sal trees, bamboo forests, huge meadows and the beautiful Indian ghost tree called kullu. Kanha is internationally claimed for its star tigers like Munna which regularly feature in wildlife documentaries.

Safari trips to the park are organized twice a day, from sunrise to 11:00 a.m. and from 02:00 p.m. to sunset. Guides (that cost extra) are compulsory for the visitors. Limited numbers of vehicles (18-40) are allowed per shift to the four zones of the park.

Road: The four zones (Kisli, Kanha, Mukki and Sarhi) of the park are accessible via three gates at Khatia, Kisli and Mukki, each having excellent road connectivity with Jabalpur and other nearby cities and towns. You must hire a taxi from these cities to reach the park that can be explored only in gypsy.

Railway: The nearest major railway station is Jabalpur Junction which is about 156 km. from the park. Tourists at the station must continue the road journey to the park in a taxi.

Airway: The airport of Jabalpur is closest to the park (about 167 km. away). Again, you can rely on the taxis available outside the air terminal to reach the park.