Kanha’s sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sqkm in dramatic natural splendour.This is original Kipling country of which he wrote so vividly in his jungle book.The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha national park which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under project Tiger.The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha.
When to visit
The Park is opven only from 1st October to 30th June. Best season is from February to June although the cool season is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife.For those planning a visit a stay of atleast three nights is recommended in order to have a good chance of seeing the more elusive animals.
Khatia (3km from Kisli) and Mukki are the two main entry points to the Kanha National Park.From Jabalpur ,Kisli is 165 km via Chiraidongri and Mukki is 203 km via Motinala and Garhi.For travellers from Bilaspur (182 km),Raipur (213 km) and Balaghat (83 km),Mukki on state highway no 26 is more convenient.From Nagpur ,Kisli is 259 km via Nainpur and Chiraidongri and Mukki is 289 km via Balaghat.
How to visit
Rail: Nearest railhead are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur
Nearest airports are at Jabalpur,Raipur and Nagpur.
Taxis and bus service are available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur and back.It is advisable to reach Kisli before sunset as vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.