Kanha National Park
Kanha wildlife sanctuary, one of the well maintained natural national parks
of Asia, lies in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. A home to different
species of animals and birds, the Kanha national park is famous for its rich
vegetation and most important, its preservation of the swamp deer, which was
on its way of extinction.
Wildlife in the Park
The Kanha National park is a natural world to the flora and fauna present
in the area of 1,945 square kilometers. The wildlife in the sanctuary, which
witnessed the first wildlife scientific study of tigers under 'Project
Tiger', possesses a variety of natural vegetation required for a large
number of mammals, reptiles and birds.
Flora : The Kanha National Park is rich in vegetation.
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha
provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle
Book". It is covered with a dense forest which nests more than 300
species of birds. The beauty of the green forests is always gets lively with
the enchanting birds such as storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets,
peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves,
spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers,
bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches,
orioles, owls, and fly catchers.
Fauna : The Kanha National park was the first sanctuary
to take up the Project Tiger, which in itself makes it clear that tigers are
the major attraction of the park. However, the Kanha sanctuary is
represented by the uniqueness of the Swamp Deer or Barasingha, which is an
integral part of the green park amidst the forest of teak and bamboo.
Besides, other main wildlife attractions are bison, gaur, sambhar, chital,
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.
Kanha Museum : The Kanha National park also owns a
museum, which depicts attributes and activities of the park and tribal
culture. Closed on every Wednesday, the museum easily attracts its
How to Reach
To reach the Kanha National park, you can take a flight to Nagpur,
266 kilometers away, which is connected by various domestic airline
services. From Nagpur, you can either opt for railways or roadways to reach
By Rail :
Jabalpur, 169 kilometers from the Kanha
National park, is the most convenient railway station, connected to other
major cities of India.
By Road :
You can also take up the road route to reach
the Kanha National Park, which is connected to Jabalpur(169 kilometers),
Khajuraho(445 kilometers), Nagpur(266 kilometers), Mukki(25 kilometers) and
Raipur(219 kilometers). There are regular bus services available from
Jabalpur to Kanha. Besides, you can also hire a taxi to reach the park.
Best Months to Visit
The most ideal time to visit the Kanha National Park is during the months
of April to June and November to February. However, the Kanha Tiger Reserve
remains closed during the monsoon months i.e. From July to October.