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The best reference of this park is the one given in the famous, "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling, the scenic Park also supports a tiger reserve and a variety of other flora and fauna and is spread across 1950 sq kms of thick forests.
Le Voyageur
Kanha National Park, Madhya PradeshFor a group of travel enthusiasts, this is one of the perfect spots for a 3-4 day getaway. Famous for the Royal Bengal tiger and the Barasingha Deer, this is one of the best parks in India. Wildlife photographers are in for a treat here!
Nerdy Adventuress
This reserve is way bigger than Pench with a larger number of Tiger population and hence receives more number of visitors. For this early in the morning, I was quite surprised to see the rush to go in. But entry to these parks is quite regulated with everyone awaiting their turns.This time I was determined to see the Tiger.8:30 AMFor two hours we drove around the park only to catch a glimpse of the Barasingha pack waiting to catch the rays or Neelgais roaming aimlessly but no Tiger sighting.Apart from being the veritable wildlife reserve, this jungle is also a haven for bird spotters. Replete with migratory birds such as Malabar pied hornbill, Indian pitta, Osprey and some of the endangered species of Vulture species, these reserves also house plenty of local Peacocks and Kingfishers.10:00 AMPost breakfast, still no sighting and all we got so far was some Tiger poop and tracks. We even tried different paths and every time we crossed a gypsy full of people, they would beam and tell us about how they JUST sighted a Tiger. This was really disappointing!We decided to take one last run before heading back.As we trudged along slowly, we saw a bunch of gypsies parked near the stream crossing and looking at the rocks beyond. As we joined them they pointed towards a tree and hissed, “Tiger sitting under the tree..” We craned our necks to get a good look.Beyond the stream, and the rocks, amidst the tall grass there were stripes, probably doing its business while we strained our necks to get a clear sighting! Soon it finished its business and walked off.Just like that, it was over.Well in the end I did see a Tiger, probably not exactly how I had imaged it to be. But I guess this is why it is called the 'Wild'. You cannot predict a sighting with absolute surety. I in my whole "want" of catching a Tiger sighting, nearly missed noticing many more beautiful birds and animals. And in retrospect, I got to experience more wildlife than I had even bargained for. The excitement of hoping to catch a sighting is quite addictive but apart from this, I also learnt to appreciate the forest, which was so serene and the landscape so beautiful. So probably next time I am on a safari again, I will hope to catch a Deer or Monkey sighting, so that I would end up seeing a Tiger or a Leopard maybe!
kritharth2601
A lot of planning had gone in for booking the safaris at each of the forests. The first challenge at Navegaon was to find a gypsy,because this gate wasn't popular among the tourists. Some casual chat with the locals was enough to find a Gypsy with an excellent driver. Thus began a very awaited "FIRST SAFARI". I had been to Jaldapara and Ranthambore earlier but I don't reckon any major experience in these places. A semi dense forest with lots of trees which were moderately heighted, an open jungle and cool refreshing breeze from all sides. I felt WOW!!! After a lot of days was I feeling relaxed beyond all urban boundaries. Spotted deer was the first animal sighted and I was amazed, possibly the first time I reckon having seen these. A group of 15 deer grazing in the open meadows just after the entry into the park. These are so timid and scared all the time because of the fear of being attacked by the predators. On asking the guide I came to know that even the smallest member of the dog family,a Jackal also kills a deer and it's babies. A natural thing but felt sad for these creatures,but later I came to know that even a tiger dies the same death,I'll explain later as to why this happens. We moved on and the guide told us that there are many varieties of animals in Tadoba which are categorised into predators and non predators. Deer,Sambar Deer,Neelgay are some of the main animals in the non predator category. The predators include hyenas,jackals,wolves,sloth bears and of course the highlight of the wild, the Royal Bengal Tiger. The guide gave us information about various birds, and trees in Tadoba. He was vibrant and hopeful to sight a tiger but alas! We couldn't find one in Tadoba. The safari at Tadoba was over by 6.00 pm and all we could find was a lot of sweet chirping birds,wild boar,bison and deer.The next destination was Kanha, M.P. Immediately we started for Kanha where we had the next set of safaris. We had presumed that the drive to Kanha is a moderately short one of about 5-6 hours, but it took us 10 hours and reached the resort only at 4.00 am, we had taken a longer route. MOGLI RESORTS in Kanha, was where we had a booking. A short nap of about 2 hours and we were into the morning safari at Kanha, through the Sarhi zone (Khatia gate). We were a little drowsy and our eyes burning by the time the safari started (due to lack of sleep). I should say it is the power of nature, within 10 minutes of the safari, we were totally refreshed and active once again. This is the first time where i had no sleep throughout the night, but still was refreshed next morning. Such is the forest of Kanha, dense and full of life. Kanha had to be my favourite forest!!! Such an amazing ecology where you get to see grasslands and dense trees of sal and bamboo at the same place. On asking the guide we came to know that Munna was the most famous tiger of Kanha and our guide was excellent. I really have to say that this safari of ours had the perfect combination of a guide and the driver. Nain SinghJi was the guide and the locals of Kanha fondly called our gypsy driver as "CaptainJi". The rapport that Nain Singh and Captain maintained throughout the safari was an experience in itself to see how people can understand each other. People say safaris somewhat depend upon the guide. But the perfect combination of "Nain SinghJi" and "CaptainJi" failed to give us a sighting of The Royal Bengal Tiger. They had tried their level best to find Munna, by trailing his pugmarks but we could'nt sight him. We even had breakfast inside the forest (which is'nt allowed), not to waste a single minute in going to the resting place where people can refresh themselves. In the attempt to look for Munna we came across some more pugmarks of a tigress along with its cubs and their small cute pugmarks. We also trailed these but couldnt find her. Possibly she might have been resting in the dense jungle. Lots of other animals were seen in Kanha. All could be seen at a very close proximity here. This was the first time some smaller predators could be seen, jackals, wild dogs. But of all the forest at Kanha cannot be explained in words. It's so soothing that after the safari we couldn't even be recognised as people who had hardly slept on the previous night. After the safari we returned to the resort to catch up with some rest and later go for the afternoon safari. The booking of this safari had been done through the Kanha zone, which is said to be the premium zone in Kanha. Chandra Kumar YadavJi was the guide for our safari in this zone. I would call him as the "Over informative" guide as he had lots of statistical information. We could see a very different tree in this safari. It is called as the "Ghost Tree", having derived its name for shining with a white gleam as if it was a ghost with a white shroud, this tree changes its colour thrice in a year. White in winters, Pinkish Red in early summers and the normal brown colour during the monsoon, this tree is very different and can easily be recognised in the forest. I call this safari as an "Informative and Statistical" safari because of the facts and information by our guide. Also we tried for a sighting of Munna, who is indeed very famous in Kanha because whenever sighted it gives an experience of a lifetime to the tourists who visit Kanha. We tried our level best for seeing this "Celebrity in Kanha" but could'nt see it. By the end of the day I was atleast happy that we had excellent guides both in the morning and in the afternoon safari who tried their best to send us back delighted. We then departed for Pench after the afternoon safari concluded at 6.00 pm. A 4 hour drive from Kanha (This time we took the perfect route!!!). 
Trisha Singh
Experience a 'greener' adventure in Kanha National Park
Vikas Acharyaa
Kanha Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 1,949 sq km (940 sq km of core area and 1,009 sq km of buffer zone), making it one of the best habitats for tigers in India (the current dominant male, Munna, is easily recognized by a symbol on his forehead that reads – “CAT”). The park is situated in the Central Indian Highlands, which are part of the extensive tableland that forms India’s main peninsula. The highlands once were continuous forests and accounted for a significant part of the country’s wilderness areas and wildlife habitats. Today, these forests have become fragmented and survive in parks such as Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Sanjay.The sal forests and vast meadows contain tigers (89 at last count) and leopards and support huge populations of deer and antelope, including the rare barasingha (deer). You’ll see plenty of langur monkeys, the odd gaur (Indian bison), maybe even a family or two of wild boar and the odd lonesome jackal or two. The park is also home to more than 300 bird species.Khatiya Gate in Khatiya village is easily the most popular; other gates into the park include Mukki, 45km southeast of Khatiya, and Sarahi, 60km northeast.
Rhucha Kulkarni
Kanha boasts of a story of comeback- the comeback of the beautiful and graceful Barasingha or swamp deer. Restored from a mere population of 66 due to incessant hunting of its majestic antlers, this species from the deer family have been provided special protection status in these beautiful Sal forests. Nearest flight connectivity being Jabalpur, make sure you witness the famed ‘misty meadows’ characteristic of a typical Kanha morning.
Purvi
Kanha National Park is a place where wildlife enthusiasts would love to be in during their vacation. It is located in the Satpura range of hills, and is spread over Balaghat and Mandla districts. In 1879, it was declared a reserve forest and then a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1933. Kanha was accorded the status of a National Park on 1st June, 1955. Located in Mandla and Balaghat districts, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is being occupied by two major sanctuaries, the Hallon and the Banjar Sanctuaries. Respectively covering the area of 250 sq km and 300 sq km, the Kanha Reserve together forms a greater area of 1,949 sq km. This wildlife reserve is largely popular for its tigers, but visitors would also come across many different species of wild animals while touring the region. A stay in Kanha also makes it possible for them to visit some places of interest located near the national park.
Tuhin Sarkar
one of largest national parks of the country. Kanha national park is definitely worth a visit. the natural beauty of the sorroundings is quite a treat never mind the rather occasional sighting of the tiger
Nomad Travels
Kanha’s forest is mostly composed of sal and bamboo, along with sprawling, grassy meadows . It was once a popular hunting spot of maharajahs and viceroys. Now, it's the last refuge of the rare barasingha or twelve-horned antelope. Safaris into the jungle take place in the mornings and the early evenings. You can also explore some nature trails on foot. Summers here are hot and dry, but as with all wildlife parks, it tends to be the best time to spot tigers and other wildlife.