Kanha is well regarded for its research and conservation programs, and many endangered species have been saved there. As well as tigers, the park abounds with barasingha (swamp deer) and an extensive variety of other animals and birds. Rather than offering one particular kind of animal, it provides an all-round nature experience.
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Where to Stay:
Baghira Log Huts, operated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, provides rustic accommodations amidst the forest buffer area between the Khatia and Kisli gates. Rates are high (expect to pay around 5,000 rupees for a double, per night) and there aren't many amenities. However, the big attraction of this place is having wildlife right at your doorstep. If a log hut isn't within your budget, try staying in a dorm room at the nearby Tourist Hostel instead (around 1,000 rupees a night).For a relaxing escape, Wild Chalet Resort has tranquil cottages by the Banjar River, a short drive from Khatia. The cottages at family operated Pugmark Resort are recommended as a budget/mid range option, near Khatia Gate. The Kanha Jungle Lodge, at the Mukki Gate, is pricey but worth it. Alternatively, Muba Resort is a popular budget option at Mukki. If the thought of a secluded and rejuvenating and stay with organic farming interests you, try Chitvan Jungle Lodge, also near Mukki Gate.
Kanha Travel Tips:
Tiger sightings on jeep safaris aren't very common at Kanha National Park. If you really want to see a tiger, tiger shows are usually offered in the mornings. Tigers are tracked, and if found, an elephant will take you to where they are. The ride lasts for around 10 minutes. Cost is 200 rupees for Indians and 600 rupees for foreigners.
If you don't want to pay the costly entrance fees for the Kanha zone, you can go on a jeep safari in the park's other zones. Jeep entry rates in these zones are 1,000 rupees for Indians and 2,000 rupees for foreigners. Jeep safari bookings for all zones can be made at the MP Online website.
It's well worthwhile taking a walk in the surrounding forest and exploring its natural beauty. Also, don’t miss experiencing in a sunset at Bamni Dadar (a plateau, at the Mukki Gate end of the park, that’s also known as sunset point). It provides a mesmerizing view of the park’s grazing animals as the sun disappears down the horizon. There are nature trails at Khatia and Mukki, in the buffer zone, that can be explored on foot or bicycle.
Jeeps can be hired from the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation at Baghira Log Huts at the Khatia entrance, or the Kanha Safari Lodge at the Mukki entrance. Hotels also organize and run tours. Private vehicles aren't allowed into the park.