Ken Gharial Sanctuary
Ken Gharial Sanctuary
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vijaytravels
Mumbai, India160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
After the entry gate to the Ken Gharial Sanctuary, you drive for about 2km to the Raneh Falls Canyon view points. These provide spectacular views of the Ken River Canyon with its multi coloured volcanic rock formations there. From there you drive further through the forest for 5km where the river canyon opens up and there is a view point from where you can see some crocodiles lying about 100 feet below, on the opposite river bank, and can be viewed through the guide's binoculars. It seems there are no more gharials left as they were eaten up by the crocs which came down river from the Panna National Park.
Written 20 February 2022
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TheWorldNut
Bangalore District, India665 contributions
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Dec 2021
Well, its a common entry point for Raneh falls and the Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary. You need to buy a ticket from the Madhya Pradesh Forest Dept. at the entrance, which also include the guide fee. Its a 6km drive one-way through the forest to the viewing point at Ken River. The forest is mostly not dense and one can see antelopes, specially Neel Gai, langoors, spotted deers and occasionally a fox. While the drive is fine, the viewing point for Ghariyals is rather disappointing in a sense that while the view is nice, its very difficult to spot a ghariyal even if they are there. Its like very far above and one has to use a binocular to spot a ghariyal (if you are lucky) and that too not like a clear view. But nevertheless no harm in trying out luck.
Written 8 January 2022
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AnilAggarwal
Kurukshetra, India7,150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
This sanctuary is 24 kms from Khajuraho, further 5 kms from Raneh falls. Located on confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers. There is a Ken natural trail going to this sanctuary. We were able to see and photograph gharials in this sanctuary.
Entry ticket and guide rates are as follows:
2 wheeler (1-2 pax): INR 40 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners
Auto (1-4 pax): INR 80 for Indians and INR 400 for foreigners
Jeep/car (1-8 pax): INR 200 for Indians and INR 1000 for foreigners
Mini bus (9-10 pax): INR 800 for Indians and INR 1600 for foreigners
Cycle or on foot: INR 15 for Indians and INR 150 for foreigners
Guide fees: INR 40 per vehicle

This sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset. It has great fauna like gharials, wolves, blue bull, chinkara, languor, monkeys, neel gaay, deer and flora like teak, khair, palash, tendu etc. Road to this sanctuary is bumpy. Boating facility is available at Muhare Ghar. Rates are Rs. 20 per Indian and Rs. 100 per foreigner. Timings for boating are 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 5 pm.
Boating and sanctuary are open from 16th October to 30th June every year as remaining part of the year is breeding season for gharials.
Written 16 January 2013
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Karthik R
Chennai (Madras), India7,667 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Friends
Ken Sanctuary is 30-40 minutes drive by auto from Khajuraho - around 17 kms. The mercury was soaring, definitely around 45 degrees. The roads to Raneh were very good and narrow. We reached the entrance by 10 AM - the Ken Gharial Sanctuary. Vehicles are allowed inside with a charge of Rs.200 for autos, compulsory guide for Rs.75 and Rs.50 per person. There are 3 items to do here - the Raneh falls, Gharial view and a natural trial. We were allowed around 3-4 kms inside the sanctuary by auto with the guide to see the Ken river and the great rocks around. The whole place is a outcome of a burst volcano millions of years ago. The natural trial is done during winters as the sanctuary will be overflowing with water and not allowed to enter all places.

The bumpy ride was very eventful and we sighted deer (Nilgais), jackals, monkeys and lots of colourful birds. The dry forests were of a different gene all together and the rocks made it a grand view. The Ken river view was excellent. We also climbed the watch tower to have a great panoramic view. We could not spend more than 15 minutes as it was very hot. We cited a Gharial in the stagnant water.
Written 23 April 2017
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Smritijit
Taipei, Taiwan324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
If u r in Khajuraho u must visit Raneh Falls falls and Ken Gharial Sanctuary. Although we did not find any ghariyal there but the natural beauty make our trip wonderful and the scenery at the shore of Ken river is really an unique experience. If u love adventure u must explore this place.
Written 26 December 2016
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Torie113
London, UK83 contributions
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I was driven around the sanctuary in the afternoon and considering we were in the heat of the day we still got to see a fair amount of animals - lots of monkeys, antelope, deer, peacocks, bore and jekyll, unfortunately no tigers!
We probably would have seen more if the tuktuk driver drove a little slower and kept his eye out for the animals - I was pointing them out and asking him to stop most of the time!
Written 13 April 2015
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18051984Neha
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
If you ever visit khajuraho, this place cannot be missed as it is just a few kilometers away and is easily reachable. Just book a cab or auto. The road to the sanctuary itself is full of interesting sights. Vehicles are allowed inside to a certain point.The famous Ken river is the most calm and beautiful here i felt. The sanctuary has lots of animals and beautiful birds to sight and take pictures of. You can also go for boating into the Crocs infested waters (adventurous!!!) and it is really cheap.
And whatever you do, please do not miss the beautiful deep dark gorges and natural fresh water pools. They only reveal themselves in the dry seasons otherwise the rain covers it all.
Do not expect to see tigers, leopards or wild cats in this park but be alert.
If I had not gone to this place, I would have regretted it.
Written 26 April 2016
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Delhi_Day-tripper
New Delhi, India221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
About 6 kilometres from the Raneh Falls (listed under Khajuraho on Tripadvisor) on the Ken River is the Ken Gharial Sanctuary, famous for an endangered species of crocodile. We saw quite a few gharials here. One can also enjoy boating in the Ken River. The sanctuary is a part of the Panna National Park. Please note that it is closed for visitors during the rainy season.
Written 25 November 2015
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thejinxedone
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Not known to many, the sanctuary allows for boat rides in the river. It is one of the most peaceful experiences one can have. Must experience. The rocks and hils around gives one a feeling of another world - a much smaller version of the Halong bay in vietnam.
Written 24 March 2015
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sandeepsangeeta
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Ken River is a fast flowing so gharial are not natural to this region. The colony also has to be supplemented as they move away in floods. The viewing point is at good height but the area is quite scenic.
Written 25 February 2015
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