The largest wildlife park in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is a must visit for those who like to be amidst nature on a vacation. The park covers a vast expanse of 940 km2 encompassing the two districts of Balaghat and Mandla. This is where you’ll not just spot the big furry cats (especially the Royal Bengal tiger), but also some exotic wildlife like the Indian leopard, barasingha and a huge variety of avifauna. Here’s what you must do while at Kanha National Park.

Jungle safari and Wildlife spotting

Kanha is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India owing to its reputation of a high probability of tiger sighting. And the best way to do that is by visiting the core jungle area on a jeep or elephant back. Other important animals that you’ll spot here are gaurs, blazing black deer, barasingha, elephant and barking deer lurking in the lush green forests in the different zones of Kanha, Mukki, Kisli, and Sarhi. You must capture the fauna in action; they roam around quite freely in their natural habitat.

Cycling near Banjaar river

For a great wildlife experience, don’t miss out on cycling through the woods, arranged by the naturalists at the forest lodge. The excursion will take you through the beautiful lakes within the park, Banjaar river, and Gond tribal homes. Unlike on a safari, where you’re just a spectator; while cycling you can stop, look around and interact with your surroundings. It’s also a great way to explore the flora of the park.

Bird watching

If you’re a birder, bird-watching is an especially delightful experience here. That’s because Kanha National Park is home to more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds. Keep an eye out for birds like the red jungle fowl, common peafowl, eagle, bee-eaters, scarlet minivet, the Indian roller, Malabar pied hornbill, the racket-tailed drongo, Indian grey hornbill, Asian paradise flycatcher, herons, storks, teals, and kites. The best time for wildlife photographers here is between November to May, as that’s when you’ll see most of the avifauna out in the open.