|Destination Type: Wildlife|
Spread across 940 sq.km, Kanha National Park is one of the largest parks in Madhya Pradesh where the majestic royal Bengal tigers are found in good numbers.
The Park is respected globally for saving the Barasingha from near extinction. No doubt, it is one of the best managed parks in Asia and a part of Project Tiger. National Geographic's award winning 'Land of the Tigers' was shot here, but the park is home to leopards, wild dogs and Barasingha as well.
A safari in Kanha will surely get you thrilled, the way you were on your first trip to the zoo, as a child.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. km in dramatic natural splendor. This is the original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The 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. One of the finest and the best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
If the natural splendour at Kanha is to be fully enjoyed, a visitor may have to stay there at least for four days. The best time for visit is from Feb to Jun. The park is closed during the monsoon, from July to October. Light-coloured cottons and woollens are advised. Bright colours can scare away the animals. Bamni Dadar is the most beautiful area of the park. The forest is quite dense here. Adding to the delight of the thick wood is the sight of a sambar or the four-horned antelops crossing the landscape. Government jeeps are available on hire for touring the park. Elephants are used for tiger-tracking. Jackal and sambar are frequently seen. Blackbucks, spotted deer, sambar and jackal are seen often in peripheral meadows. Four-horned antelopes, striped heyna, Indian fox, tiger and wolf are rarely sighted. There are 22 species of mammals in the park. Birds can be watched from the hills. There are 200 species of them, like white-breasted kingfisher, crested serpant, racket-tailed drongo and red-wattled
By Air : Nearest airport is Jabalpur airport (170 kms) which is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhopal and other major cities. Second best option is Nagpur airport (290 kms). Raipur airport (260 kms) can be preferred as the third option.
By Rail : The nearest railway stations are Bilaspur (175 kms), Gondia (127 kms), Jabalpur (214 kms), Nagpur (280 kms) and Raipur (216 kms)
By Road : Nearest cities are Jabalpur (165 kms), Raipur, Nagpur. Jabalpur & Nagpur are on National Highway-7 which connects Varanasi to Kanyakumari. The routes are: Jabalpur - Mandla - Kanha (Khatia gate), cabs for hire available Raipur - Simga - Kawardha - Chilphi- Gadhi- Kanha (Mukki gate), cabs for hire available Nagpur - Seoni - Balaghat - Baihar - Kanha (Mukki gate), cabs for hire available
Sonf Meadows : Popular for spotting Barasinghas,as they are found in good numbers here.
Kanha Museum : Preserving skeletones of reptiles and animals,this museum also gives an understanding of the tribal culture in the region.
Kanha Meadows : Tourists have claimed to have seen tigers here on many occasions making this spot famous for tiger spotting.
Sindoor Trees : Sindoor,used regularly in Indian households,is extracted from this trer variety which is found in abundance here.
Shravan Tal : The pond where Shravan Kumar,the devoted son in Ramayana ,came to fill water for his blind parents.
Visit Bamni Dadar ( Sunset Point ) ,Mammalian Species,Avian species