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My route for the journey was

  1. Kolkata to Gondia by train
  2. Gondia to Kisli, Kanha by car
  3. Kisli to Bandhavgarh by car
  4. Bandhavgarh to Bhedaghat by car
  5. Bhedaghat to Jabalpur by local transport
  6. Jabalpur to Kolkata by train

 

Kanha

Location

Kanha is located in south eastern Madhya Pradesh(India) and is approximately 2000 square Km large. There are two entrances to the forest – Mukki and Kisli. These two gates are approximately 35Km apart.

Going there

Kanha is accessible by rail and air.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Jabalpur and Gondia. Jabalpur is well connected from all major cities. Gondia is on the Kolkata-Mumbai (via Nagpur) rail route.

  • Distance between Jabalpur to Kanha is 160 Km and takes around 4 hours. MPT runs bus service from Jabalpur to Kanha once daily. Private taxis are also available on hire from Jabalpur station.
  • Distance between Gondia to Kanha is 130 Km and takes slightly more than 3 hours. This is not commonly used by the visitors, so there are no standard charges for transport to Kanha. Private taxis are available outside the station that will charge between Rs 1800 – 2400. The other option is to take a share taxi to Balaghat and avail onward transport from Balaghat.

By Air

The nearest airport is Jabalpur. Private taxis are available from Jabalpur to Kanha.

Places to stay

Kisli: Baghira Log Huts run by MPT is the only place to stay inside the forest. 3.5 Km from the Khatia gate – it is situated in a clearing near the boundary of the forest. There are a number of other accommodations available outside the Khatia gate.
Mukki: MPT manages a property at Mukki outside the forest boundary. Other private accommodations are also available.

Online booking for accommodations run by MPT can be done from their regional offices or online from their website.

Jungle Safari

Timing

There are two safaris daily. Safari timings depend on the season.

  • 1 November-I5 February: Sunrise to 11 AM. 3 P.M. to sunset
  • 16 February-30 April: Sunrise to 11 AM. 4 P.M. to sunset
  • 1 May-30 June: Sunrise to 10 AM. 5 P.M. to sunset

Check here for any change in safari timings.

Cost

Each Safari costs Rs. 1730 – Rs 530 for permit, Rs 150 for guide, Rs 1050 for jeep. Six persons in a jeep – so wherever possible, people share.

The Tiger Show

Every morning, elephants are used to track the location of the tigers. This depends on the skill of the mahauts in locating the tigers by their pugmarks. Once located, all the elephants gather and the central office is informed. Tourists can then ride the elephant to view the tiger.
Charge: Rs 100 for each viewing.

Season

The park is closed from July to October – because of rains and also the breeding season of the animals. Any other time is fine, but the hotter it is, the better is the possibility of viewing wild life. It is normally very cold in the early mornings – so even in summer a light jacket is required at the beginning of the morning safari.

More Information

https://mponline.gov.in/portal/Services/Forest/FinalForest/kanha.html
http://www.kanhanationalpark.com
http://www.mptourism.com/dest/kanha.html

Bandhavgarh

Location

Bandhavgarh is located in eastern Madhya Pradesh(India) and is approximately 500 square Km large.

Going there

Bandhavgarh is accessible by rail and air.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Satna, Katni and Umaria. Umaria is the nearest station – 35 Km from Tala, the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. It can also be reached from Katni (97 Km) and Satna (120 Km).

By Air

The nearest airport is Jabalpur(160 Km). It can also be reached from Khajuraho airport (232 Km).

Places to stay

White Tiger Forest Lodge is managed by MPT and is located near the Tala gate.
There are a number of other accommodations available outside the Tala gate.

Online booking for accommodations run by MPT can be done from their site. Bookings can also be done from any of their regional offices.

Jungle Safari

Booking

There is a mad rush for Zone 1 (Tala). So book in advance through the net from the Forest Department Portal.

Timing

There are two safaris daily. Safari timings depend on the season.

  • 1 October to 15 Feb: 6.30 am to 11.00 am & 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • 16 February-31 March: 6.00 am to 11.00 am & 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • 1 April-30 June: 5.30 am to 10.00 am & 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Check here for any change in safari timings.

Cost

The cost depends on the gate you are allocated.
In Tala zone, each Safari costs Rs. 1680 – Rs 530 for permit, Rs 150 for guide, Rs 1000 for jeep. Six persons in a jeep – so wherever possible, people share.
Jeeps traveling to Zone 2 (Magdhi) and Zone 3 (Khitauli) charge Rs 1500 – that’s Rs 500 extra as compared to Zone 1.

Season

The park is closed from July to September – because of rains and also the breeding season of the animals. Any other time is fine, but the hotter it is, the better is the possibility of viewing wild life. It is normally very cold in the early mornings – even in summer. So a light jacket is required at the beginning of the morning safari.

More Information

https://mponline.gov.in/portal/Services/Forest/FinalForest/bandhavgarh.html
http://www.bandhavgarh-national-park.com/
http://www.mptourism.com/dest/bandhavgarh.html

 

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26 Comments

  1. soumya said:

    thanks a lot for useful informations. i am also planing to go to Kahna & Bandhavgarh. How long it takes from kanha to Bandhavgarh by car? how much thay charge?

    Posted on November 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  2. admin said:

    Journey time between Kanha and Bandhavgarh would be around 5 hours, if you are traveling in a hired car. If you hire a car, it will charge you for both ways, although you would be traveling only one way. Rates are approx Rs 5.50 – 6.00 per Km. Total distance is around 180 Km. I had arranged for a car to come from Jabalpur to Kanha, take me to Bandhavgarh and then to Bhedaghat. It charged me Jabalpur – Jabalpur.

    Posted on November 30th, 2009 at 4:51 am

  3. Soumya said:

    Thanks a lot for the information. It is a grate help. Few more question ( please help): How many nights you stayed in Bandhavghar? How much the car should charge for each night stay? How you have arrangeed the car? Can Kisli MPT hotel arrange car from Jabalpur?
    Thanks again

    Posted on December 2nd, 2009 at 6:32 am

  4. Rajib said:

    Hi,Thanks for your details and the website.Its really helpful. And your photgraphs are also superb.
    I myself is planning to go to Kanha in April and would be going from Gondia. I would be staying in the Kisli Tourist Hotel Dormitory of MP Tourism. Any guess hows the property. Also from Gondia to Kilsi – I feel its about 160-170 km. Hows the road condition.I would be going by a private vehicle from Gondia.
    Now can u plz suggest – do I need to keep the vehicle with me. I will be staying for 2 nights and return to Gondia.Also do I get any BSNL or other Mobile signals at Kisli staying places.
    Thanks in advance.

    Posted on March 8th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

  5. admin said:

    Hi Rajib,
    The MP Tourism Dormitory and Baghira Log Huts are just adjacent to each other – just 100m apart. The property is good and just adjacent to the Kisli gate.
    The road from Gondia to Kisli (around 135 Km) was in good condition when I went. However, the driver took a shortcut which was over un-paved roads for some part of the journey. But it was ok.
    For transport from Kisli, it might be worthwhile to keep the private transport with you (since you are staying for 2 nights). But before deciding, talk with MP Tourism Kisli guest house and ask if they can arrange for some transport and what would be the cost. Based on that you can decide.
    Regarding cell phones, yes, BSNL signal will be available outside the core forest area.
    Thanks for your appreciation of my site.

    Posted on March 9th, 2010 at 4:35 am

  6. abhay Hirurkar said:

    hi rajib, i want to go kanha Np. from akola to nagpur from nagpur which route i took ist bhandara, gondiya,balaghat Or nagpur seoni balaghat plz advise urgently i want to go in 3 days thank you

    Posted on April 10th, 2010 at 11:12 am

  7. abhay said:

    hello there i want to go kanha Np. from akola to nagpur from nagpur which route i took ist bhandara, gondiya,balaghat Or nagpur seoni balaghat plz advise urgently i want to go in 3 days thank you

    Posted on April 10th, 2010 at 11:14 am

  8. admin said:

    Abhay,
    Distance wise both the routes are almost same. so, you can choose any after some investigation on local road conditions.

    Posted on April 10th, 2010 at 11:37 am

  9. abhay said:

    hi there, what is the minimum hotel tarif for double room in kanha

    Posted on April 12th, 2010 at 7:59 am

  10. abhay said:

    ooohhh its 3890A/c for double bed in mp tourism kanha in baghira log huts

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 at 4:01 am

  11. admin said:

    Yes, Baghira Log Huts is expensive… However, it includes all four meals for 2 persons – if its of any consolation. However, they charge a premium for it being inside the forest. Alternately, you can try Mukki, which is less costly than Baghira Log Huts.
    And if you have the patience to find out the booking procedure, Forest Department has some accommodation options which are very very cheap.

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 at 4:27 am

  12. RAJESH MALIK said:

    Thanks for the great information. You have explained very well. I am going Kanha & Bandhavgarh. Please let me know is there any rate diference in Morning & evening safari at Kanha. And which is the best location from Kisli & Mukki. Also suggest Bandhavgarh which zone is best.

    Posted on April 20th, 2010 at 9:32 am

  13. admin said:

    Dear Rajesh,
    Thanks for finding the given information useful. Here is the answer to your questions.
    Morning and eveing safaris cost the same. However, the safari charges might be increased very soon.
    In Kanha, both Kisli and Mukki are good entry points. In Bandhavgarh, go for Tala (Zone 1). As this zone is in high demand, it is better to book the safaris in advance through the Forest Department Portal mentioned in my post.

    Posted on April 20th, 2010 at 10:02 am

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    Posted on September 21st, 2010 at 9:27 am

  15. Rohit giri said:

    I d’nt see this plase but u help me and show me hows reach hear and i wll go for just.

    Posted on June 24th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

  16. admin said:

    Hi Rohit,
    I assume you liked my trip narration. Do visit these places, if it is feasible for you.

    Posted on June 25th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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    Posted on July 27th, 2011 at 3:24 am

  18. Jayashree said:

    Nice blog. I need some information. I plan to visit Kanha aound 19th Nov. No itinerary is planned. Can you please suggest must see places? If possible, please send me an email. I have entire week.

    Posted on September 21st, 2011 at 4:58 am

  19. admin said:

    Hi Jayashree,

    I have some questions. It will help me to suggest meaningfully.

    1. Do you plan to spend the whole week in Kanha?
    2. Do you plan to spend the whole week in forests only?

    Regards,
    Kausik

    Posted on October 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

  20. Amit said:

    Very useful blog..really. I am planning to visit Kanha & Bandhavgarh in first week of May 2012. I am planning to stay 2 nights at Kanha and one night at Bandhavgarh. I have 2 questions: 1) Is one day enough at bandhavgarh? 2) for Kanha, which zone is better and is it recommended to select multiple zones for different safaris to increase chances of tiger visibility??

    Posted on December 5th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  21. Kausik Saha said:

    1) Is one day enough at bandhavgarh?
    If you ask me, it is not enough. In one day you can do a maximum of two safaris. There is no guarantee in wild life sightings, the more you can manage, the better the probability of sightings.

    2) for Kanha, which zone is better and is it recommended to select multiple zones for different safaris to increase chances of tiger visibility??
    In Kanha, both the Kanha and Mukki zones are supposed to have good sightings. Whether you select multiple zones or stick to one zone would depend on the sightings in the last few days prior to your visit. However, if you are interested in covering the entire forest area and enjoy the diversity of the region, then you should go to multiple zones.

    Posted on December 6th, 2011 at 4:42 am

  22. aniruddha said:

    Hello, very useful info. i am going to Kanha soon. will update any changes in case there are. thanx again.

    Posted on January 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am

  23. Gold said:

    The governments and deociisn makers of some tiger range countries, especially India and China, still believe they can continue to hoodwink tiger lovers. India has not taken any firm step for the conservation of tigers. The forests are being destroyed at a frantic pace all over the country. Prey species, like deer, wild boar and hares, are being massacred by hunters and local people for meat. Recently large number of leopards have been killed all over India by people as they stray into villagers in search of food and water. Anyway, there are hardly any forests left for big cats to live. And in China, the existence of tiger farms tells all. Compassionate people, in China and elsewhere, want an end to these farms. But powerful vested interests will not allow this to happen so easily. But one thing is certain: poor, suffering, abused big cats will never be forgotten. Organizations like EIA are a ray of hope for them as well as the despondent animal lovers.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 1:16 am

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  25. raja said:

    kanha national park
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    Posted on January 16th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  26. mayur said:

    Can you plz tell me which one is better kanha or bandhavgrh because I can go only one national park I have shortage of time

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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