Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
rest house, Motel
Time To Visit
One of India's most septacular and exciting
parks for both variety and numbers of wildlife and well worth
a visit. Originally proposed to protect a unique type of chinkara.
It is open forest and lake national park. It is 120 kms. from
Gwalior and 95 kms. from Jhansi.
This is the place that has been described by Rudyard Kipling
in his great book "The Jungle Book". Picture this: thick sal
forests, long bamboos, swaying grasslands and meandering rivers.
This is what Kanha is all about. Located in the Mandla district
of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha national park is a tiger reserve
that extends over an area of over 1940 sq km. A horse-shoe
shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal presents an
interesting topography. Steep rocky escarpments along the
edges offer breathtaking views of the valley.
Realizing the danger on the Tiger population in the country,
the Government started the "Project Tiger" at Kanha and in
1974 the area was declared a Tiger reserve. The park is also
the habitat of the high ground Barasingha.
The park was created in 1955 by a special law and since then
it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal
species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here.
Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife
reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for
both predator and prey.
It was at the Kanha national park that the first ever scientific
study of the tiger was undertaken by the eminent zoologist
George Schaller. Another landmark at Kanha is the preservation
of the hard ground Barasingha .This was achieved by extending
the grasslands, relocating villages and by increasing habitat.There
are 22 species of mammals in the park. These are the three-stripe
squirrels, variety of monkeys and apes, hyena, wild pigs,
deers and black bucks. The Indian jackal, jungle cat, leopard,
blue bull can also be spotted here.
The mixed forests and bamboo forests are good breeding and
nesting grounds for many feathered species. There are almost
200 species of birds in Kanha. Many of them are found on the
grasslands too. Some of them can be spotted around water holes.
The ground opposite the Museum is also a good place to watch
the birds at play. Take binoculars to watch them closely.
Best time to observe the birds is in the morning and evening.
The park also sustains a sizeable number of reptiles which
are very difficult to spot.
The Kanha national park in itself is so beautiful and full
of adventure that no other local attraction is needed.But
Bamni Dadar is one place which is visited by every tourist
who come to the national park. This also known as the sunset
point. The Kanha national park is at it scenic best at this
point. The sunset from this spot is mesmerizing. The eminent
natural splendor of the park comes to the fore here. The grazing
sambars, barking deer, gaurs and other animals make the ambience