Kanha National Park is home to the rare and endangered tiger in India. Situated in Madhya Pradesh in Mandla District the park is three hours drive from Jabalpur Airport. More than hundred tigers survive here. The tiger reserves is also home to many mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The park is open to tourism. As per NTCA guideline twenty percent of the core area is reserved for tourism. This area is divided into four zones were jeep incursion takes place.
Both Indian and foreign tourists arrive here in large numbers. For incursions in the park and entry ticket has to be bought. This can also be bought online at the MP Online Portal. Bookings can also be made at the current window at the entrance of the park, but there is no guarantee of the availability. Since a limited number of jeeps are allowed every day one needs to book in advance hence assure one’s entry into to the park.
The tourists stay in the resorts established in the periphery of the park also called the buffer zone. Most of the resorts are luxurious and pricey. There are some accommodations which are mid priced and offer all the amenities required for a comfortable stay. Most of the budget accommodation do not provide a clean and comfortable stay, but there are few that do.
On budget travel you should stay in the few hotels that provide clean and comfortable space. These are open to bargain, and depending upon the rush you should get accommodation cheaply. If you are traveling solo you can share the room with another traveler, if he or she agrees. This will bring the cost further down.
Most of the budget properties are situated near the entrance of the reserve. This will save you extra mileage when hiring a transport. The jeep incursions can be shared with other tourists. An add on charge is applicable which the tourist sharing your jeep can pay. If more than one person is added on than the jeep cost can be shared between all of them.
The jeep charge for excursions are fixed and are not open to a bargain. In order to get the maximum use full hours allotted in the ticket and see that the driver takes a proper round of the zone in order to increase sightings. For food the budget hotels usually have their own restaurants but many private eateries are also present. You can order food in advance as per your choice in these places. They are economical and offer good food from hygenic kitchens.
For traveling government and private buses are available from the nearest town Jabalpur. This town is well connected by rail which offers a cheaper fare that the flights. Plan your journey such that you do not have to stay overnight except at the park. For rest and food all railway stations have rest rooms which are available to ticket holders for a nominal charge. The best season for economy travel to Kanha National Park is the beginning of winters and start of the summer. Make sure the rush is not there in order to avail economy stay at the tiger reserve.
Uday writes on cheap lodges in Kanha hence the article. He also works as naturalists and bird guide and offers advice to travelers arriving here.