Spread over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms, Kanha National Park cum Tiger reserve is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. Being one of the India’s finest tiger reserves, the park is the only habitat of the rare hard ground barasingha i.e. the Swamp Deer. Once there were only 66 of these in Kanha, but careful conservation and management raised their population to over 400.
By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into existence. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species subsist presently in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha during 1974 this tiger reserve created under Tiger Project.
Kanha's most of the terrain consists of Sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams. The horse shoe shaped valley of Kanha National Park is bound by the spurs of the Mekal range the park presents a varies topography. Kanha national park is more famous for its wildlife; the natural beauty of its landscape is just as fascinating. One of the best locations to enjoy that bounty is Bammi Dadar, also known as the boatful sunset point. The Surpan River meanders through Kanha's central Maidans, grasslands that cover the extensive plateau. Steep rocky escarpments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley.
Over 200 spices of birds have been spotted in the park. Kanha is also a home to the largest populations of the tigers in the country. Kanha National Park rich in wildlife, animals found here include a Porcupine, many Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, even a Leopard, Chousingha, Nilgai, as well as the majestic Indian Bison or Gor and wild Pig. There are herds of mottled deer to be seen with smaller herds of wonderful Antelope, the Black Buck. With a little luck, you could also see the timorous Barking Deer.
Best Time to visit: April to June & November to January
Note: From July to Mid-November, the park is closed that is during the monsoon season.
Oct. 1 - Feb. 15 – Morning 6 am to 12 pm. Evening 3 pm to 5: 30 pm.
Feb. 16 - Apr. 15 – Morning 5: 30 to am12 pm. Evening 4 pm to 6 pm.
Apr. 16 - Jun. 30 – Morning 5: 00 am to 11 am. Evening 4 pm to 6: 30.
By Air: Nagpur is the nearest airport 266-kms, is well connected to Mumbai and other major towns.
By Rail: The nearest rail head is Jabalpur 169-kms, is well connected to all central and western region of India.
By Road: Jabalpur: 175 kms, Mukki: 25 kms, Khajuraho: 445-kms, Nagpur: 266 kms, Raipur: 219-kms.
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