Kanha Tiger Reserve
Madhya PradeshStopping your vehicle beside one of the large golden grass meadows with the sunbeams angled by the tall sal forest behind you; a morning mist and the unseen crack of horns from a pair of barasingha stags clashing and you might well be reminded of Mowgli’s forests made famous by Rudyard Kipling. These lowland forests are a mixture of great sal hardwood trees, once heavily felled for railways sleepers and other mixed species of forest. It is interspersed with grassy meadows - the habitat of spotted deer, the rare hard ground barasingha and ambush ground for the tiger. The higher forests are more tropical with bamboo growing in clusters within which gaur, wild pig, sloth bear and sambar deer make their homes. With all this prey, tigers are numerous too (over 100 at last count) and habituated to jeeps, ensuring memorable sightings. The Reserve lies in the east of the Central Indian highlands of the ancient Satpura mountain range. Here, flat-topped hills support grassy meadow...s and the river Sulkum flows through the valley. The Banjaar and Halon valleys used to be hunting grounds of the British who would hunt the barasingha deer but their rapid decline in numbers forced the authorities to gazette Kanha as a Sanctuary in 1933. In 1955, a 250 square kilometre patch of land was declared the Kanha National Park. The Mukki Valley was added to the Protected Area in 1970 and then, thanks to Project Tiger, a vital part of the upper Halon Valley was also included. Today it stretches over an area of 940 square kilometres with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,134 square kilometres. Along with the neighbouring Phen Sanctuary, it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. There are four tourist zones here, each worth a visit - Kanha, Kisli, Mukki and Sarh
The Park is open for visitors for c.4.5 hours after sunrise and c.2.5 hours in the afternoon before sunset. Please check park opening times with the gate as they vary slightly between summer and winter months depending on sunrise and sunset. The Reserve is closed from 16th June – 30th September every year and is also closed for afternoon safaris every Wednesdays and on the festivals of Holi and Diwali.
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps called ‘gypsies’ that are registered with the authorities and carry 4 to 6 people are available and the only vehicles allowed inside. Book through your operator, lodge or at the gate. Cost from R 2,800 per game drive.
For Jeep: R 1,750 per jeep for all nationals R 250 per seat for all nationals Cost of Park Guide: R 600 for each safari
By Air: Jabalpur to Kisli (160 km), Jabalpur to Mukki (200 km), Nagpur (270 km). Transport can be hired to drive to the park. By Road: Kanha is a 3½ drive from Jabalpur and a 5½ drive from Nagpur. Mandla is 100 km from Mukki and 60 km from Kisli gate.
Eco-friendly properties in the area
With a strong focus on conservation, sustainability and local community, Kanha Jungle Camp sits in an enviable position near the Mukki Gate of Kanha National Park.
Located in 110 acres of reclaimed and restored jungle, Singinawa is appropriately named in Sherpa language meaning ‘Protectors of the Sacred Forest’.
Kanha Earth Lodge, eco luxe resort in Kanha, is tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone, and built in less than 10% of the 16 acres of natural forest that surrounds it. The lodge and its furniture are constructed and designed using local waste wood and recycled wood; a true reflection of impeccable standards in green architecture.
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