Central India’s Kanha Tiger Reserve National Park
The Kanha Tiger reserve is a part of the Kanha National Park located in the Central India province of Madhya Pradesh. The reserve is located in the Maikal hills of the Satpura range and is made up of parts of Balaghat and Mandla districts.
The reserve is thickly forested with bamboo and sal tress and is part of the traditional habitat of the conservative Gond tribes.
The Gondia station is the nearest railhead. Trains originating from Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata pass through Gondia. The park is a three hour drive from the Gondia railway station. You can even fly down to Nagpur and continue your journey by tourist cab. It is a five to six hours drive from Nagpur to the reserve.
How to travel within the Kanha Tiger reserve
Hiring an escorted jeep is your best bet to go round the park. Do hire the services of a guide to tell you about the habits of the different animals you are bound to come across at every turn of India Tours.
What you will see in the Kanha Tiger reserve
Seeing the big cats is the major attraction. The yellow striped tiger royal Bengal tiger is the major attraction. But apart from the tiger you will also see other species of wildlife including the panthers leopards, Chital, Sambhar, Chousingha and Barasingha (variants of swamp deer).
The Best Season to visit the Kanha Tiger reserve
Located in the plains of North India, the park gets quite hot and dusty in the summers, so prefer to visit during the winter months of mid-October to mid-March. For the more adventurous a visit during the wet months from July to September would have its own charm.
Where to stay in the Kanha Tiger reserve
There are many decent options to stay near the park or even good three star India hotels at Jabalpur Nagpur, Bilaspur and Raipur. But the tented camp is one spot that can provide you with the trappings of civilization in a rustic environment just outside the reserve.
What to eat in the Kanha Tiger reserve
Many of the hotels around the park have well equipped kitchens that serve continental, Chinese and traditional North India food. You will have to carry a packed dry picnic hamper when you go on the safaris through the park. Do sample the different parathas which are like unleavened bread stuffed with spicy concoctions. The typical fillings are made form potato, cabbages and radishes and are quite spicy and tasty when eaten with pickles and curd.