Hiking The Kanha National Park
The 15th most popular hiking trail in India.
Saturday 2 July 2016 06:00 GMT
Near Mukki, the Kanha National Park is known for hiking and trekking in the India state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a 940 square kilometer national park known for elephants, tigers and leopards. A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar. Popularly known as the Sunset Point, it offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the setting sun against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendor of the area. Aside from its diverse wildlife and bird population, the frequent sightings of Tigers roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary remain the most popular draw.
If you are planning to reach Kanha National Park by air, there are flights from Mumbai to Nagpur (266km away).
If you are planning to reach Kanha National Park by railroad, the nearest rail station is Jabalpur (175km away).
There are regular to and fro bus services available from Jabalpur to Kanha. Cars can be hired from all the nearby towns to reach Kanha, the choice should however be an all terrain 4 wheel petrol vehicle. The drive from Nagpur to Kisli takes around 6 hours by car. The travel up to Seoni (130 km) on the Jabalpur National Highway is a smooth drive. From Seoni, take a right turn to Keolari, Nainpur and Chiraidongri to finally reach the Kisli gate of the park. Alternately, to reach the Mukki gate, divert away from Seoni through Balaghat and Boihar. Another option is the drive from Jabalpur (well connected by train to major Indian cities) via Tikaria and Mandla. To reach the park from Nagpur, take the NH6 to Bhandara. From there state roads lead to Kanha (Mukki) via Balaghat and Baihar.
There are two main entry points into the park, Kisli and Mukki (on the western side at a distance of 35 km from one another). Entering from the Kisli gate from Khatia, you will see the most biodiversity. It is the point of start for most safaris and also a major camping site.
Note: The Kanha National Park may be closed from July to October.
Note: In any national park known to have lions or tigers, hikers need to exercise extreme caution. It is highly recommended to us a park-approved guide prior to hiking or trekking in these regions.
Overall, Kanha National Park is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 42 hikes in India.