Kanha national park cum Tiger reserve
extends over an
of over 1,940-sq-kms. The major feature of this region's
interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole
park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. The Surpan
River meanders through Kanha's central Maidans, grasslands that
cover the extensive plateau. Steep rocky escrapments along the
edges offer breathtaking views of the valley.
Flora & Fauna - Kanha National Park
The terrain inside the park is varied, nonetheless enjoyable.
Bamboo forests flow into Sal forests and meadows. There are herds
of spotted deer to be seen with smaller herds of beautiful
Antelope, the Black Buck. With a little luck, you could also spot
the timorous Barking Deer. It's snapping warns other denizens of
the forest that a predator is around. There is also a very strong
possibility that you will see the Rare Barasingha, the Swamp Deer.
Once there were only 66 of these in Kanha, but careful
conservation and management raised their population to over 400.
Major Wildlife Attractions
Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck but Kanha is
so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. First
time visitors are often so keen
to spot the larger animals that they overlook the smaller ones.
There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha. So if you happen to be
bird watcher, look forward to a full bird show. Most people are
keener to meet Kanha's major attraction, the Tiger; still one has
to be patient to spot one.
But while on a mission to find a tiger, one can easily catch
glimpses of all the grazers, a Porcupine, many Gray Langurs,
Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, even a Leopard. Other wild
attractions in this Tiger country include varieties of Deer - the
Barasingha, Chital or Spotted Deer, Chousingha, Nilgai, as well as
the majestic Gaur or Indian Bison and wild Pig.
Other Attractions In Kanha
Elephant Safari : The animals at Kanha are best observed from the
elephant back and the open country makes the chance of sightings
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.
How to Get there
Air : Nagpur at 266-kms is the nearest Airport to visit Kanha
National Park and is connected by various domestic airline
services with Mumbai.
Rail : Jabalpur at 169-kms is the convenient rail head to
Road : Kanha National Park is connected by road with
Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Mukki 25-kms,
Raipur 219-kms. Within the park: Koshi - Kanha (9-kms), Kishi -
Katia (4-kms), Kishi - Mukki (32-kms). There are regular to and
fro bus service available from Jabalpur to Kanha.