Pench National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve – The setting for Jungle Book

Pench National Park is a situated in Chhindwara & Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh districts location mapPench National Park, Madhya Pradesh districts location map.

The National park got its name from the Pench River , which flows through the middle of the park. In 1977 , the area was declared as a sanctuary. In 1983. it was declared as a National Park. In 1992, it became Pench tiger reserve under project Tiger, to save India’s National Animal, Royal Bengal Tigers. Thousands of spotted deer are found here in this Park.

The setting for “The Jungle Book” movie was this National Park. River rafting is a major sports activity in the park. Spread over an area of 758 square kilometers in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges, the park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 40 royal Bengal tigers in this park alone. 210 Bird species are found here. 39 mammals species, 13 reptiles species and 3 amphibians species are found here.

Jungle Safari is famous here. Sitaghat, a spot on the banks of River Pench offers you excellent view of rocks & artistic looking trees, which is to be seen in the morning or evening. Bodhanala range inside the National park is famous for Bird watching. Watch tower at Raiyakassa gives a good view of beautiful Pench river.

How Do I Go To Pench National Park?

Pench Turiya gate near Khawasa Border on NH 8 is the main try point to Pench National Park. Distance from Nagpur railway station to Pench Turiya gate is approximately 110 kilometers. Jabalpur is 200 kilometers away. Kanha National Park, Tadoba National Park and Satpura National Park are at 190, 300 and 340 kilometers distance respectively. Karmajhiri Gate is another entry gate to the National Park.

Nagpur airport is the nearest airport at 110 kilometers away. Jabalpur also has an airport at 200 kilometers away. The nearest railway stations are also at Nagar and Jabalpur receptively.

What are the Timings of Pench National Park?

November to May is the ideal season to visit the Park. During July to September. the park is closed. The park Gates are opened at 6 am and closed by 10:30 am and in the afternoon it again opens at 3 pm and closes by 6 pm.

Hotels Near Pench National Park

There are many hotels and resorts near the Pench Turiya Gate. Night stay is allowed to watch the beasts of the Jungle.

White Water River Rafting in Kali Tiger Reserve at Uttara Kannada

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is in Uttara Kannada district, Karataka state, India. Kali River flows through Kali Tiger reserve and hence got its name. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1956. Anshi National Park was formed in 1987, to the west of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Final notification of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park was made in 1998 and 2003 respectively. In 2007, both were combined to form Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Kali Tiger Reserve as it is popularly called.

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve
Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

The park is rich in Flora and Fauna. Spread over an area of 1300 square kilometers, Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is home to Royal Bangal Tigers, Indian elephants, black panthers, Golden cat, Leopard cat, Leopard, Black Panther, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Lories, Langoor, Indian Giant Squirrel, Pangolin, etc. There are a total of 270 bird species, out of which 19 endemic birds exists here.

Kali tiger reserve is a “Project Tiger reserve” in India, a project by Indian government to save Bangal tigers.

Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is famous for bird watching, white water river rafting, trekking, nature camps and wilderness. White water rafting adventures are unique in India to Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.  It’s one of the cheap river rafts available anywhere in India.

Kavala Cave Kavaleshwar Temple is another attraction in the Tiger Reserve forests.

How Do I Go To Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary?

Kali Tiger Reserve, home to the Bengal tiger, is accessible from Dandeli town. Alnavar is the nearest railway station to Dandeli town at around 32 kilometers away. Londa, , Dharwar and Hubli are other major nearby railway stations to Kali Tiger Reserve.

Karwar city, the district headquarters, is at a distance of around 105 kilometers. Karwar railway station on the Konkan railway line is the nearest railway station. Hubli Airport is the nearest airport to Kali Project Tiger reserve, at around 78 kilometers away.