Same was the case in my more recent visit in March 2008 – four sightings in three days !
Our first sighting was on the very first evening from a jeep. We heard the alarm calls (sounds made by deers, monkeys, barasingha when they see the tiger), and saw a few jeeps standing little ahead – so we closed in and stopped behind the jeeps. Everyone was busy trying to find the tiger, and make sense of noises made by the other animals. And then the tiger (actually tigress) appeared to our left and cameras on all the jeeps got into action.
The tigress started walking towards the road where the jeeps were lined and crossed the road two jeeps ahead of ours. Every eye (animals and humans present at the site) followed the tigress till she disappeared on our right.
We waited for the other jeeps to move, and our guide told us which way the tigress could have gone. Having reached there we again started looking for the tigress, the driver and the guide giving possible explanation of where she could be. And then someone pointed towards her, she was standing in the grass looking straight at us; reminded me of the saying “For every time that you see a tiger, the tiger sees you thousand times”
Kanha is about 1130 kms drive from Mumbai. One can fly into Nagpur (Nagpur to Kanha is about 250 kms) or Jabalpur (Jabalpur to Kanha is about 165 kms) and then hire a vehicle to get to Kanha National Park. There are two main entrance gates to the National Park area – Kisli and Mukki. Most park safaris start at Kisli and majority of the resorts are also located at Khatia outside the Kisli gate; Tuli Tiger Resort (http://www.tuligroup.com/, Tel: +91-712-2534784-88), Kipling Camp and the more recent Celebrations resort are among the popular ones.
But we could not find the tiger till we heard a roar and directed the elephant towards it. When we reached – there were not one, but two tigers fighting. The elephant stayed at a safe distance till the two calmed down and sat at some distance from each other.
When we came back we heard of a tiger-show nearby (where-in, an elephant mahawat spots a tiger and informs the co-ordinating unit and then tourist jeeps are sent to the nearest point and tourists taken on elephant from there to see the tiger), so we went and paid our visit to this male tiger as well.