Location: Madhya Pradesh
Area: 2,000 sq km
Major Attractions: Barasinghas, Tigers and Birds
Best Season to Visit: November to March
About Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is horseshoe-shaped valley, and grasslands surrounded by
Satpura Mountains, standing at heights ranging between 450 and 900 m.
Comprising the Banjar and Halon Valleys of the erstwhile princely provinces
of central India, it became an hunting ground for the British from
1879-1910. In 1933, Kanha was established as a sanctuary and declared a
national park in 1955. It is believed that the word Kanha came from the
texture of the soil found in the area. Kanha has thick vegetation of bamboo
and sal forest. Also there are lots of streams and fountain and magnificent
water bodies that stores thrilling surprises for visitors at each step. The
exquisite beauty and the immense variety of wildlife in Kanha National Park
will leave you speechless. After the famous author Rudyard Kipling wrote "The
Jungle Book" in 1894, setting his story in this forests, Kanha National
Park attained instant popularity. It's an outstanding national park of
Central India, noted for its last remaining population of the hard-ground
race of the Swamp Deer. Located in the Mandia district of Madhya Pradesh, it
spreads over 1,945 sq.kms of dense sal forests, interspersed with extensive
meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo.
Kanha offers you.. .
One of the most famous Tiger Reserves in India, Kanha has a rich
retreat of plants and animals. A nature lover's paradise, it offers
unlimited possibilities of capturing wildlife through your lenses. Kanha
is often called Tiger Land, and visitors narrate innumerable and
unforgettable instances of tiger sightings. Even in terms of
conservation, the National Park has been a remarkable success, and has
protected a number of species that might otherwise have been altogether
extinct. You can go on an elephant safari or a jeep safari. To gain a
perspective of the park, all under one roof visit the museum.
The safaris are organized mornings and afternoons. Jeeps can be hired
from the MPTDC office if you are staying at the camp.
Tigers- A glint
Tourists can go on an elephant ride only when they book can go on an
elephant ride only when they book a seat for the Tiger Show, which is
offered in the morning. But there is no compelling reasons to enlist for
the tiger show if you prefer natural wildlife sightings.
of India's wildlife experience is centered on the tiger, and other
experiences - especially those related to birds -often get overlooked.
But don't make that mistake in Kanha- there are as many as 300 birds
species here, both resident and migratory birds. You can't get down from
the vehicle in the core area, but you can walk along trails in the
The museum holds great treasure of natural history. It gives you a
perspective of this magnificent tiger reserve, its contours, topography
and wildlife diversity.
Tourist can enter the main area only in the mornings on a jeep or in
the afternoon. One needs to take a forest department guide to help one
enjoy the park better. Touring is usually allowed on jeeps, which are
Wild life in the park
The grasslands at Kanha interspersed with forests of sal has varieties
of Bison, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking Deer, Black Deer,
Black Buck, Chousihgha, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal Fox,
Porcupine, Hyaena, Jungle Cat, Python, Pea fowl, Hare, Monkey, Mongoose
etc. However, the main attraction will always remain to view the Tiger.
Birds species in the park
Kanha has almost 300 species of birds including Storks, Teals,
Pintails, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur
Fowl, Patridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons,
Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Bee Eater, Hoopes, Drongos,
Warblers, King Fishers, Wood Peckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls and Fly
Nearest airport is at Jabalpur which is at 165 kms from Kanha National
Park. The nearest railhead is at Jabalpur and if you are driving then
just take NH12 to Jabalpur from Bhopal.