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Kanha Core Zones


Kanha Safari Booking Core zones of Kanha national park are open for visitors from October to June month. They remain closed for tourists, in monsoon (July to September) period.Kanha Tiger Reserve comprises Kanha National Park and other forest areas. Kanha national park is further divided into safari zones for better management practice. Here we are discussing about Kanha Safari Zone which is considered as the best core zone of this national park. Almost all the visitors have information about safari zones and they choose their safari zone at the time of safari ticket booking. Kanha Zone is considered as the oldest safari zone of Kanha national park. If I go by the past, it reminds me of the time when their was only one safari zone in this national park i.e. Kanha safari zone. In that period, Kanha zone means Kanha National Park. Later with the passage of time, due to increase in tourism pressure, other core safari zones like Mukki, Kisli, Sarhi zones were created and visitors are offered jungle safari in these zones. Creation of new core zones ensured better tourism management in Kanha national park for which it is known world wide.


Here in Kanha national park, we can find 04 core zones which are accessible from different entry gates. All these core zones are very popular among tourists. Here in below given table, we have shared information about various core zones and their accessibility through different entry gates.
Core Zones Entrance Gates
(Full Safari)
Entrance Gate
(Single Seat Safari)
Kanha Zone Khatia / Mukki / Sarhi Gate Khatia Gate
Mukki Zone Khatia / Mukki Gate Mukki Gate
Kisli Zone Khatia / Mukki / Sarhi Gate Khatia Gate
Sarhi Zone Khatia / Sarhi Gate Sarhi Gate


When we use the word "Core-zones" then it is obvious that we would like to know about the difference between Core zones and Buffer zones. As we know that Kanha Tiger Reserve comes under Project Tiger which is managed by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) thus here all the guidelines of NTCA is applied. According to rules, all the tiger reserves under Project tiger are divided into two layers of forest i.e. Core area and Buffer area. As the name suggests, Core area is the central part of tiger reserve forest. It is believed to the safest part of forest which shares its boundary with only buffer zone and not directly with outer world. Similarly the surrounding forest of core area is considered as Buffer area. It provides security and cushining to Core area forest and it shares its boundary with both core area and outer world. Buffer area forest shares inner boundary with core area and outer boundary with rest of the world. While declaring any forest as Tiger Reserve, officials determines its core area and buffer area first and tries to increase the buffer area with the passage of time. Safari zones of Core area forest are called Core zones of that national park and similarly Buffer area forest is divided into safari zones and thus called Buffer zones of that tiger reserve. Here in Kanha also, we will find core zones and buffer zones for safari drives.


In order to do jungle safari in core zones of Kanha national park, you have option to do online safari tickets booking through which your permission to enter into the core zone forest is secured. Later you need to pay for safari vehicle and safari guide. If you want to avoid problem of later payment, you have option to pay all 3 charges to your travel agent or hotel management so that they can manage all 3 tasks. If you find that online core zone tickets are already sold out or in Waiting status then you may try current ticket booking, from ticket counter. Probability of getting core zone safari ticket, from ticket counter on manual basis is a painful task as tickets are very few for which many people were found trying, standing on queue. If you failed to get this ticket, still their is option to book Canter (open bus) ticket, which is purely on sharing basis unless you are having a large group of visitors. If you failed to get canter safari also then you may wait for sometime, at ticket counter. In case party of confirm safari ticket, failed to enter into the part in first 01 hour, then department will cancel their ticket and allot to you, against specified payment. If you don want to wait for such cancellation, then go with buffer zone safari ticket.

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