Places to see around Kanha

Places to visit near Kanha National Park

Discover the attractions surrounding Kanha National Park. Explore destinations offering scenic beauty, cultural richness, and adventure opportunities. Plan your itinerary with our guide to the best places to visit near Kanha National Park for an unforgettable journey.

Below are the places to see in Kanha National Park.
  • Kawardha Palace
  • Amarkantak
  • Kanha Museum
  • Mandla

Kawardha Palace

Maikal Ranges at an elevation of 941 meters above sea level, the Kawardha Palace in Chhattisgarh is a marvel of architectural grandeur. Spanning eleven acres of lush land, this majestic palace is constructed using exquisite Italian marble and stone.

Welcoming visitors through the iconic Haathi Darwaza, or Elephant Gate in Hindi, the palace stands as a testament to the regal processions of yesteryears, led by magnificent elephants. Its splendid domed and filigreed durbar hall adds to the palace's allure, reflecting the opulence of its royal heritage.Spread across 11 acres and enveloped by a verdant canopy, this majestic monument exudes luxury at every turn. Imported Italian marble and stone adorn its structure, complemented by marble staircases and an elegant courtyard.

Amarkantak Ashram

Located approximately 159 kilometers away from Kanha National Park, Amarkantak holds immense significance as one of the most prominent destinations in Madhya Pradesh. It is renowned for its abundant natural heritage, boasting a diverse array of medicinal plants and offering a plethora of exciting activities for visitors to experience.

It stands as a unique natural heritage area, serving as the convergence point of the Vindhya and Satpura Ranges, with the Maikal Hills acting as the fulcrum. This geographical significance is underscored by the fact that the Narmada River, the Son River, and the Johilla River (a tributary of the Son) all originate from this region. Revered as the Teerthraj, or the king of pilgrimages, Amarkantak holds deep spiritual importance for devotees. It is believed that the mystical poet Sant Kabir meditated at Kabirchabutra, adding to the town's spiritual aura. Additionally, the meeting point of the Vindhya, Maikal, and Satpura ranges, coupled with the origin of the holy Narmada River, further enhances Amarkantak's sacred allure.


Kanha Museum

A visit to the Kanha Museum is an essential part of exploring Kanha National Park, offering valuable insights into the park's wildlife and ecosystem. Managed by the Forest Department, the museum is a prominent tourist attraction within the park. It houses a vast collection of exhibits, including skeletons of reptiles, carnivores, and other animals, providing visitors with fascinating information about the park's diverse fauna.

Operating hours for the Kanha Museum are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day, year-round. Catering to enthusiasts of wildlife, botany, and zoology, the museum offers detailed exhibits on the park's topography, geography, and wildlife species. It also serves as a valuable resource for visitors interested in learning about the park's history, evolution, vegetation, and wildlife conservation efforts.



Located approximately 35 kilometers from Kanha National Park, Mandla is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, it is a popular tourist destination offering a blend of historical forts, temples, and picturesque landscapes.

However, it is more than just a town by the riverside; it is surrounded by the river on three sides. That imparts the town with ample natural beauty. The catchment area of the river and its tributaries abound in forest cover accentuate the beauty of the place. What makes it an enthralling destination though is not just the forest cover or the river; it is the ensemble of all these along with the historical forts and temples.

The famous Mandla fort, built during the reign of the Gond Kingdom, is a prominent attraction in the area. Strategically located and surrounded by the Narmada River on three sides, the fort exudes a medieval charm that transports visitors back in time.


Another notable feature of Mandla is its hot water spring, located about 20 kilometers from the town. Known for its sulphur-rich and therapeutic properties, the hot spring is believed to be beneficial for skin ailments. Nearby, visitors can also enjoy the serene beauty of a picturesque lake.

Just 5 kilometers from Mandla town lies Sahastradhara, a site of natural wonder where the Narmada River splits into several streams, creating a mesmerizing display of colors as it flows through limestone and basalt rocks.

Museums in Mandla
  • Rani Durgawati Museum
  • Archaeological Museum, Mandla