Kanha National Park and immediately the name conjures Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book!
One of the scenic and best tiger reserves in India!!
Nestled between the Vindhaya and Satpura ranges, Kanha is the pride of dense forests!!
Hundred of acres of grassy meadows, with mixed bamboo and sal, ravines and streams, indeed a paradise for the wildlife in Kanha.
Fitting under such a description the park provides natural habitat to a huge variety of animals!
Kanha is the largest National Park in Central India and has been ranked as one of the best parks in Asia.
Located in the central region of Madhya Pradesh in Mandla and Balaghat districts, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is occupied by two major sanctuaries, the Hallon and the Banjar Sanctuaries.
The park has two entrance gates at its opposite ends, one at Khatia-Kisli and other one is at Mukki Gate. The distance between these two gates is of 40 kms. The boundary line of the tiger reserve touches the Raipur City of Chattisgarh.
The Kanha National Park was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the “Land of the Gonds”. The forest of the Kanha Tiger Reserve was inhibited by two indigenous tribes of Central India, the Gonds and the Baigas. The vicinity of the reserve is still occupied with the villagers of these tribes.
The park was established in the year 1955 and was taken under the Project Tiger Reserve in 1974, thanks to our Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The Park has since actively contributed to the preservation of many endangered species.
Among the 22 species of large mammals, the royal Bengal tigers are one of the major attractions!!
Flora and fauna, are abundant, Kanha houses one of the rarest species of deer- the hard ground Barasingha, the Jewels of Kanha. It is known for the unique Barasingha conversation to save the species that were once on the verge of extinction.
It is the most peaceful species in Kanha that easily interacts with Chital. They are often found to wade into water, frequently dipping its stifle to feed on water plants.
Other important animals in this park are leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes, sloth bears, hyenas, langurs, wild boars and jackals. Reptiles including pythons, cobras, krait and other varieties of snakes are also found.
With an array of birds that are unique to this area of Madhya Pradesh, the eastern region of the Park , has many trails and water ways , where one can go in search of the 300 species which Kanha brings around making it a bird watchers paradise!
Others include storks, teals, egrets, peacock, peafowl, amongst many other. A binocular, bird guidebook and a camera equipped with suitable lenses are must-have essentials to experience the kaleidoscopic avian beauty.
Bird watchers are often attracted by the exotic species in these grasslands such as Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo. Racket Tailed Drongo, Tawny Babbler, and so many more.
Ornithologists can get attracted to this amazing bird paradise.
Kanha National Park is famous for its wildlife safaris and attracts tourists from all over the world.
There are many options to stay in Kanha, the M.P Tourism accommodation is very good.
The Park is open from 15th November to