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Kanha National Park

Lacation : Fast facts
Area : 1,945 sq Km
State : Madhya Pradesh
Best Time to visit : April-June and November-January

About Kanha National Park

Well known for its deer and tiger population, Kanha National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Madhya Pradesh. The fauna at the park was believed to have been the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's famed classic Jungle Book. The park is spread over an area of 1945 sq km with a core area of 940 sq km. Kanha National Park was declared a sanctuary in 1952 and in 1955 the park was converted into national park. The park was declared a tiger reserve in 1974, when the Project Tiger was launched.

Nearby Places of Attraction

Besides the obvious attraction of the Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most important places of tourist interest in the region is the Bamni Dadar, which is also known as the Sunset Point. Besides providing visitors with a breath-taking view of the scenery around the place, Bamni Dadar is also home to a number of animals like the Grazing Sambhar, Barking Deer and Gaurs.

kanha Jungle Lodge

Situated on 11 acres of lush green land, Kanha Jungle Lodge is a couple of minutes away from the Kanha National Park. Set amidst the Sal forest, the lodge gives a true feel of the adventure and excitement of living in a forest.

The Kanha National Park houses rare species of wildlife like the Bengal tiger and Barisingha. Other animals found here are Chausinga, wild boar, gray jackal, black buck antelope and many more.

Kanha as Tiger Reserve
The national park is majorly occupied by Tiger population. The park have significant number of tiger, bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard.

Places to See in the Park
Forest Department guides accompany visitors around the park on mapped-out circuits which enable viewers to see a good cross-section of Kanha's wildlife. The best areas are the meadows around Kanha, where blackbuck, chital and barasingha can be seen throughout the day.

Bamni Dadar
Known as Sunset Point, this is one of Hardground Barasingha is found only at Kanha The most beautiful areas of the park, from where a spectacular sunset can be watched. The dense luxuriance of Kanha's forests can best be seen from here. Animals that can be sighted around this point are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the four-horned antelope.

Mammalian Species
Kanha has some 22 species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are the striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig, chital or spotted deer, barasingha or swamp deer, sambar and blackbuck.

Less commonly seen species are
Tiger, Indian hare, dhole or Indian wild dog, barking deer and Indian bison or gaur. Patient watching should reward the visitor with a sight of: Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard, Mouse deer, chausingha or four-horned antelope, nilgai, ratel and porcupine.

Very rarely seen are
Wolf, which lives in the far east of the park; chinkara, to be found outside the park's northern boundary; Indian pangolin, the smooth Indian otter and the small Indian civet.

Avian Species
Kanha has some 200 species of birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the mixed and bamboo forests harbour many species, and in The grassy forest clearings. ,

Water birds can be seen near the park's many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by water birds and the area in front of the museum.

The sal forests do not normally yield a sight of Kanha's avifauna. Early mornings and late afternoons are best for birdwatching; binoculars are an invaluable aid to the watcher.

Commonly seen species include
cattle egret, pond heron, black ibis, common peafowl, crested serpent, rackettailed drongo, hawk eagle and red-wattled lapwing; various species of flycatcher, woodpecker, pigeon, dove, parakeet, babbler and mynah; Indian roller, white-breasted kingfisher and grey hornbill. Jeep and Elephant Hire.

MPSTDC jeeps are available on hire for touring the park. Elephants are used for tiger-tracking and should a tiger be located, the elephant can take visitors to the site. For jeep hire, see the MPSTDC Manager, at the Baghira Log Huts, Kisli and Kanha Safari Lodge, Mukki. Bookings for a morning run should be made the previous day., Please bear in mind that jeeps are not always available during peak visiting periods.

Flora & Fauna
Flora, Kanha National ParkKanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).

In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar, of 250 sq km and 300 sq km each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952.

Reaching Kanha
The nearest airport Nagpur, 266 km from Kanha National Park, is well connected with most major cities in India.
Jabalpur, 169 km away from Kanha, is the nearest railway station.
Kanha is accessible by road from from Jabalpur, Khajuraho 445 km and Nagpur 266 km away. There are regular bus services from Jabalpur to Kanha.