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Kanha Jungle Safari

The  Kanha  National  Park The beautiful grassy meadows and dense bamboo and sal forest leave every traveler who visits Kanha National Park speechless.  Located in Mailkal range of Satpudas in Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Central India.

Kanha was declared as reserved forest in 1879 and upgraded to wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Later it was upgraded to a National park in 1955. And in 1973 it was given a status of Tiger Reserve.  Kanha National Park is spread over the total area of 1950; with core area of  940 and buffer area of 1067  In year 2000 it was awarded as ‘Best Tourism Friendly National Park’ by Govt. of India.

The Kanha National Park was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the “land of the Gonds”. The Gonds and the Baigas ruled the adjoining areas of Kanha and even today the tribes of these kingdoms reside here.

Kanha National Park is closed Wednesday Afternoons and also remains closed during monsoons. The peak season starts from 1stOctober to 15th June every year.

The  Kanha  National  Park  was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the “land of the Gonds”. The forest of the Kanha Tiger Reserve was inhibited by two indigenous tribes of Central India, the Gonds and the Baigas. The vicinity of the reserve is still occupied with the villagers of these tribes. Located in Mandla and Balaghat districts, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is being occupied by two major sanctuaries, the Hallon and the Banjar Sanctuaries. Respectively covering the area of 250 sq km and 300 sq km, the Kanha Reserve together forms a greater area of 1,949 sq km.

The State animal of Madhya Pradesh - Hard Ground Barasingha is found exclusively in Kanha Tiger Reserve. Through holistic conservation approach and effective management practices, the Tiger Reserve has seen rise in population of this symbolic deer species which was once on the verge of extinction from the Earth.
The lush green forests of Kanha, composed majorly of Sal (Shorea Robusta) and other mixed forest trees, supports the growth of rich and varied flora and fauna.

04 WD Open Jeep safaris are the best way to observe wildlife at the thick & lush green forest of Kanha National Park. 04 X 04 Open Jeeps with groups of tourists, individuals accompanied by an experienced naturalist are allowed into the park at fixed timings. There are 04 different zones at Kanha National Park for doing the Jeep Safari rides. Kisli, Mukki, Kanha & Sarhi. The entrance ticket you can book online or through travel agents or tour operator or if available you also can get this from the booking window at the entrance gate of the national park. Vehicle charges & guide fee are the other expenses which are separate then entrance ticket. At Kanha National park in a single day jeep safari can be done 02 times. One in the early morning hrs & the other one in the late afternoon by using 06 seater open vehicle. In each vehicle 6 passengers were allowed to travel along with one naturalist and one driver. Limited no of vehicles are permitted to enter inside the forest in each shift. It is advisable to book the entrance ticket in well advance to avoid any chance of unavailability of safari seats.

Vehicles Permitted to enter inside the national park in each shift:

Safari Zones

Kisli Zone

Kanha Zone

Mukki Zone

Sarhi Zone

Morning Shift





Afternoon Shift





Safari Timings:
Kanha National Park remain open for visitors from 16th October to 30th June. The safari timings are:


Morning Safari

Afternoon Safari

16th October to 15th February

Sunrise to 11:00 AM

02:00 PM to Sunset

16th February to 15th April

Sunrise to 11:00 AM

03 PM to Sunset

16th April to 30th June

Sunrise to 10:00 AM

03:30 PM to Sunset


  • At Kanha afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remain close for visitors on Every Wednesday.

  • Morning & Afternoon both the shift remain close on Holi festival (In the month of March)

There are some necessary details which required for safari reservation:

  • Full Name of every visitor

  • Age & Gender

  • Nationality

  • Any Identity proof details like Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Voter

  • ID Card. Visitor is required to carry the same ID proof in original at the time of visiting the national park.


Nearest Airports: Nagpur,Jabalpur,Raipur
Nearest Railway Stations: Jabalpur, Gondia , Raipur, Bilaspur, Balaghat
Road: Jabalpur ,Nagpur, Balaghat, Mandla
Kanha Tiger Reserve has three entry points, namely, Khatia, Mukki and Sarhi.

  • Khatia Gate

Jabalpur (Via Mandla) - 160 Kms,
Raipur (Via Chilpi-Mukki-Baihar) - 250 Kms
Nagpur (Via Seoni-Nainpur_Chiraidongri) - 220 Kms                       

  • Sarhi Gate

Bichiya ((on NH 12) – 8 kms
Jabalpur (Via Mandla) – 150 kms
Raipur (Via Chilpi-Sijhora) - 220 Kms                 

  • Mukki Gate

Jablpur (Via Mandla-Mocha-Baihar) - 200 kms,
Raipur (Via Chilpi) - 210 kms
Nagpur (Via Seoni-Nainpur- Mocha-Baihar) - 260 kms
Nagpur (Via Balaghat-Baihar) - 260 kms

  • Ghurri Barrier Gate

Nagpur (Via Seoni) – 278 Kms
Raipur (Via Kawardha) – 213 Kms
Jabalpur (Via Kundam) – 181 Kms



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