In order to reach Kanha National Park (KNP) from Surwahi Social Kanha (SSK), the shortest route is through the Khatia Gate of the Park. There are two distinct routes from Surwahi Social to Khatiya entrance gate.
Here is a brief of both the routes and the various villages that one needs to cross while driving from Surwahi Social to Kanha National Park entrance. Either ways, the journey starts from Surwahi Social Kanha that is located in the Surwahi village in the Paraswada Tehsil in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. [How to Reach Kanha Tiger Reserve, National Park?]
This route is only 18 km long as against the officially mentioned distance of 28 km making it the shortest route from Surwahi Social to Khatiya entrance gate. The time taken in reaching Khatiya Gate of KNP from Surwahi Social via this route is more even though the distance is short. The reason why this particular path from Surwahi Social to Kanha National Park entrance is time-taking is because of the ethereal beauty of the surrounding areas. The map below depicts the route that in fact crosses the buffer zones and forest areas to the National Park with the flora and fauna that is worth seeing. Hence, for tourists who take this route to reach the Kanha National Park must have plenty of time in hand, start well in advance so that they can drive through slowly. Along with the unique opportunity to soak in the freshness of the forest that lets them unwind and relax, the route also offers a FREE Safari ride with frequent spotting of Langurs, Hares, Spotted Deer’s, Sambhar Deer, Jackals, Foxes, Civets and even the majestic Tigers.
The route is as follows:
The good part about this route is that most parts of the road are paved making travel easy and convenient except for a small stretch of 1.7 km starting from SSK to Khairlanji that is still unmetalled and consists of village tracks. Visitors who travel by this route can take advantage of the local markets and shopping centres located on either side of the Highway at the Mocha village. They can shop for items made by the natives and take them back as memorable memento and souvenirs. However, this route is comparatively longer than the one mentioned above and there are also high chances that tourists get stuck in the village traffic at Mocha causing inconvenience and delays. [Alternative Tourism Concept & Activities for Tourists]
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