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Kanha National Park

Location: Madhya Pradesh
Area: 2,000 sq km
Major Attractions: Barasinghas, Tigers and Birds
Best Season to Visit: November to March

About Kanha National ParkTiger, Kanha National Park, India
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.

Jeep Safari
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.

Blackbuck Antelope Buck, Kanha National Park, IndiaMost 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 buffer zone.

Kanha Museum
The museum holds great treasure of natural history. It gives you a perspective of this magnificent tiger reserve, its contours, topography and wildlife diversity.

Park Safari
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 available locally.

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 Catchers.

Kanha Tracks
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.
¤ India Jungle Safari (16 days)
¤ Heritage Tour of India (19 days)
Joe Morris, Sydney
Mr. Joe Morris
Safaris are passe, hire hideaways at Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh to trace those pug marks and scary roars. Hideaways are inexpensive means to expensive wildlife vacation. Bid in for docu-shooting and get the rarest beast expressions.
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