Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park With bewitching views, kanha national park is a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

Introduction

People who are passionate about wildlife, especially the tiger, must visit Kanha National Park. The park is situated in Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. It was declared a national park in 1955 and was notified as a Tiger Reserve under the “Project Tiger” in 1973. Kanha National Park is one of the oldest sanctuaries in India since 1935 showcasing broad diversity of flora and fauna. The Tiger Reserve covers an approximate area of 2052 sq km which includes 917.43 sq km core, 1134.31 sq km buffer zone and 110.74 sq km of satellite minicore of Kanha. Human activities are completely restricted in the Tiger Reserve’s core area.

Attractions

Fauna

The major fauna in Kanha National Park includes vast species of mammals, reptiles and birds. There are 22 species of mammals in the park which consists of tiger, leopard, panther, chital, sambhar, barking deer, black buck, nilgai, gaur, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, striped hyena, langur, bat, rhesus macaque, jungle cat, Indian wild boar, wolf, Indian fox, hare, mongoose, Indian porcupine, five-striped palm squirrel and weasels. You will also get to see hardground barasingha which was once on the verge of extinction. However, their number has increased significantly due to the ceaseless efforts of wildlife conservationists and now they are found in good number in the park.

The species of birds in the park is close to 300. Birds inhabiting the park are peafowl, egret, black ibis, warbler, green pigeons, eagles, falcon, tree pie etc. Many water birds flock the reserve’s rivulets. Tourists can also watch them at Sarvan tal. It is a heaven for bird watchers and ornithologists.

The park is also home to reptiles like python, Indian cobra, russell's viper, Indian krait, common rat snake, common skink, Indian monitor, fan throated lizard and Indian garden lizard etc.

Flora

Most of the park’s forest cover is of tropical moist deciduous type. It includes rolling grasslands, sal groves and bamboo plants. With 50 species of aquatic plants and 18 species of rare plants, the park contains around 800 species of flowering plants. Dhaora, Bija and Haldu trees also dominate the forest of the park. Banjaar and Halon are the main rivers here which along with many man-made tanks and dams fulfill the need of water of the wildlife in the park.

 

Activities

There are many exhilarating activities waiting for tourists in Kanha National Park. Jeep safari and elephant safari offer you the best way for tiger sightseeing. In addition, bird watching can be taken up to get the glimpse of Indian roller, white-breasted kingfisher, common peafowl, crested serpent, racket tailed drongo, hawk eagle and grey hornbill.

Other attractions

While exploring the park, some places can be visited which are quite appealing from touristic point of view. Inside the park, there is Kanha Museum which displays the tribal culture of Madhya Pradesh and details the park’s topography. The breathtaking views of sunset can be enjoyed at Bamni Dadar along with the wonderful sighting of animals such as four-horned antelope, barking deer, sambar, gaur etc.  

Luxury hotels & resorts

Taj Safaris Lodge - Banjaar Tola

The five star eco-friendly safari lodge, sprawled in 90 acres of land, is situated along the bank of the tranquil Banjaar River. It offers a perfect stay through its two luxurious camps comprising nine suites each and a sumptuous tented guest area. Overlooking the Kanha National Park, the hotel is elegant and stylish with all modern facilities. The sitting area is attached with a swimming pool, library, safari shop and an interactive kitchen adding delight to your adventure tour.

The Baagh

The great property of 20 acres is located close to Mukki Gate of Kanha National Park. The luxury resort has 24 well-appointed spacious rooms which include 16 deluxe suites and 8 junior suites offering open terraces with garden and lake view. Here, luxury and comfort are redefined. Guests can savour varieties of food which include Indian, Chinese, Continental along with the local food.

Tuli Tiger Resort - Kanha

Surrounded by the picturesque nature, the luxury resort is a treat to explore to wildlife lovers which is located in the buffer zone of Kanha National Park. Those seeking some refreshing and calm moments must have a stay in the resort. It has 26 well-designed air-conditioned cottages which come with twin beds, good sitting area and elegant interiors. The large windows of the cottages serve as a perfect place to watch the wildlife of the park. It has a dining-cum-lounge-cum-bar-cum-library. Also, there is spa facility available for the guests.

The Royal Tiger Resort

The 16 suites of the resort, with a good range of amenities, are intricately designed to assure complete comfort of guests. It has a pool and garden which are lavishly arranged. Its multi-cuisine restaurant offers fresh and organic food. The polite and helpful staff makes your stay at the resort a memorable one.  

Other famous resorts are Shergarh Tented Camp, Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha Jungle Lodge, Chitvan Jungle Lodge, the Celebration Van Vilas, Kipling Camp, Infinity Resort Kanha which will meet all your expectations.

When to go

During winters i.e. between November and March, tourists visit the park which is also the peak season. The park is closed from July to mid October.

How to go

By Air: Jabalpur at 170 km and Nagpur at 280 km are the nearest airports.

By Rail:  At 168 km, Jabalpur is the nearest railway station.

By Road: There are regular buses and taxis from Jabalpur to Kanha.

Kanha - a picturesque place  

For its wide variety of flora and fauna, conservationists have rated Kanha National Park as one of the finest and best preserved parks in Asia.
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