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 extend over an area of over
1940 sq km. A horse-shoe shaped valley
bounded by the spurs of the Mekal gives
Kanha an interesting topography. The
elevations range from 450 to 900m. Steep
rocky escarpments along the edges offer
breathtaking views of the valley.
It is this place which
has been described by Rudyard Kipling in his
great book "The Jungle Book". The
description of the jungle in this book
matches the beauty and splendor of Kanha.
Even today there are many ancient species of
animals which roam the jungles of Kanha.
Realizing the danger on the Tiger population
in the country, Government started the
"Project Tiger". The project was initiated
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.
Its efforts have been rewarded and many
endangered species were saved here. Today
Kanha stands among the few most scenic and
beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. The
Kanha National park has given new leash to
wild animals and intern they have attracted
visitors to this place. This 'Tiger Country'
is ideal place viewing both the predator and
Park Population :
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
-- the only surviving population of this
central Indian subspecies. This was achieved
by extending the grasslands, relocating
villages and by increasing habitat.
There are 22 species of mammals are found in
the park. The mammals include the three
stripe squirrels, variety of monkeys & apes,
hyena, wild pigs, deers and black bucks are
common here. The Indian jackal, jungle cat,
leopard, blue bull can be spotted after a
little bit of effort. There are many other
animals which live deep inside the jungle
and a very difficult to see and require
patience and time to be spotted.
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 waterholes. The ground
opposite the Museum is also a good place to
watch the birds playing. Take binoculars to
watch them closely. Best time to observe the
birds is in morning and evening. The park
also sustains a sizeable number of reptiles
which are very difficult to spot.
Nearby Attractions :
The Kanha national park in itself is so
beautiful and full of adventure that nothing
else is required. But Bamni Dadar is one
place which is visited by every tourist who
come 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 is mesmerizing.
The emence natural splendor of the park come
to the open at this place. The grazing
Sambars, barking deers, Gaurs and others
make the ambience magical.
Park Trips :
Take a forest department guide to go around
the park. Guides take you to the exact
locations where animals can be seen at their
natural best. Visitor to the Kanha park take
jeep to see the scenic natural beauty. These
jeeps can be hired from the MPTDC. Elephant
safaris are mainly used to spot tigers .
Jeeps can be hired from the MPTDC manager at
Kisli and Mukki. Remember to book the jeep
one day before the journey. If there are
more tourists then hiring jeeps can be
troublesome. So reserve the vehicle well in
advance during the peak season.
The climate of the park is very tropical.
The summers are warm and winters cold. One
should carry warm cloths during winters
specially while traveling on Jeep. Generally
also the mornings and evenings are cool and
light woolens are required. Otherwise the
weather is pleasant and warm.
Best Time to Visit :
The Kanha national park is closed from 1st
July to 31st October as these are rainy
season and animals prefer being in shelters
than venture out. The best season to visit
this park is between November to June.
There are many good facilities for staying
at Kanha. The tourism department and the
forest department have made adequate
arrangements at the park to give the
visitors a comfortable accommodation. But
the lodges and rest houses are not in the
park they are located in Mukki or Kisli. The
Kanha safari lodge is at Mukki, Baghira log
huts at Kisli and Tourist lodge at Kisli are
few of the government accommodation
available. Apart from these there are
private hotels and rest houses for the
tourists. The forest lodge is maintained by
the ITDC. Ask for the Kipling Camp.
There are canteens and hotels at Kisli where
one get both Indian and western cuisines.
The rates are reasonable and at times they
are cheaper than the market rates.
Getting There :
There are regular air services to Raipur and
Nagpur (270 km) from other airports in
India. One can also take flight to Jabalpur
(170 km). From these airports one has to
drive to the park. The most convenient
railheads for Kanha are Jabalpur and Nagpur.
These two are well connected by fast and
super fast trains other destinations in
To access the Kanha national park there are
two ways via Khatia or Kisli. From Jabalpur
there are daily bus services to these
places. From Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Raipur
one can hire taxis to the park. No vehicles
are allowed inside the park after dark so
get there before dusk. For more information
on park contact the state tourism
development offices at various places
through out Madhya Pradesh and major tourist
destinations in India.
For More Information :
Field Director, Project Tiger,
Kanha National Park,
Madhya Pradesh (India) - 484661
Central reservations, Marketing Division,
MP State Tourism Development Corporation
4th floor, Gangotri, TT Nagar,
Bhopal (India) - 785612