Kanha National Park
Location: Mandla & Balaghat Districts, Madhya Pradesh
Nearest Access to Kanha : Mandla * Balaghat
Leopard, Kanha National Park
Winter : varies between11°C and 24°C, Summer: 23°C - 40°C
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Tigers, Leopard, Gaur, Barasingha, Dhole
The dense Sal and bamboo forests, the amazing wildlife and grasslands of Kanha National Park were the source of inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, the Jungle Book. The land of Mowgli, Kanha National Park, is located in Madhya Pradesh, India and is famous for its rich wildlife. It was declared a national park in 1955 and covers an area of 940 km². The surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km² and the neighboring 110 km² Phen Sanctuary together make-up the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
Major Wildlife Attractions – Kanha
Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, sloth bear, Barasingha and Dhole (Indian wild dog) are in a considerable number inside the park. The rich wildlife of Kanha National Park inspired Rudyard Kipling so much that many of the wild animals seen inside the park became important characters in his Jungle Book novel. Kanha National Park is home to a variety of wild animals thriving under the protected area. The increased population of tigers, due to conservation efforts, provides ample opportunity for tiger sightings.
King Cobra, Kanha
Wildlife in Kanha National Park
The wilderness of Kanha National Park is picturesque scenery of dense forest and extensive grazing lands where barasingha, chital and barking deer are roaming freely. Other animals include Nilgai, four-horned deer, Indian Gaur, hyena, civets and porcupine. Tigers, leopards, wild dogs, wild cat, fox and jackals are the commonly found carnivores in Kanha.
The bird species found in Kanha National Park is close to about 300 species that include both migrating and resident birds. Storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails and many other birds can be seen inside the park.
Other Attractions In Kanha
Wild Safari in the National Park:
Jeep Safari, Kanha
The forest department provides guides to the visitors for wildlife safari in Kanha National Park. Open jeeps are available as the mode for transportation inside the park that allows the tourists to explore the rich wildlife of Kanha National Park more closely. Blackbuck, chital and barasingha can be seen throughout the day. Elephants are also available to reach uneven terrains.
Kanha Museum :
The Kanha Museum in Kanha National Park provides information about the park's history, topography and biodiversity. The museum also showcases the tribal culture of Madhya Pradesh.
The Kanha National Park is the only existing habitat of barasingha in India. The jewel of Kanha special programmes are into action to safeguard this species against complete extinction. Barasinghas are surviving here on account of the tall grass meadows in this park. Kanha is also known as the habitat of the tiger. The spotting of tigers and catching them in camera is quite ideal in this park. The first ever scientific study done on tigers by the great zoologist George Schaller was undertaken in this park. One can easily explore these animals on an elephant back or in a jeep under the guidance of a forest guide.
Best Time to Visit
The visiting season to Kanha national park is within the months of April to June and November to January. The park is closed from July to Mid-November that is during the monsoon season.
Park Visitation Timings
1. 15 November to 15 February - Sunrise to 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm to Sunset
2. 16 February to 30 April - Sunrise to 1200 noon and 4.00 pm to Sunset
3. 1 May to 30 June - Sunrise to 11.00 am and 5.00 pm to Sunset
How to Reach Kanha National Park
By Air :
Sambar Deer, Kanha
Nagpur is the nearest Airport to visit Kanha National Park and is also connected with Mumbai by various domestic airline services. From Nagpur one can hire the taxi / bus up to the Kanha National Park available in plenty and in large frequency.
By Rail :
Jabalpur is the nearest railhead to visit the Kanha National Park. From Jabalpur the tourists can hire a bus / taxi up to the national park.
By Road :
Kanha National Park is well connected to Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Mukki 25-kms and Raipur 219-kms by road. There are regular and frequent bus services available from Jabalpur to Kanha.
Local Transport :
The Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) operates a Jeep Service for the tourists to visit in and around the park. The advance booking has to be made regarding the local sightseeing tour.