Kanha General Information
- Area 1,945 sq. km
- Altitude 600-900 m above sea level
- Best Time to Visit April-June and November-January
- STD Code 07642 (Mandla)
Introduction to Kanha
Kanha, located in Madhya Pradesh, Central India is one of India’s finest reserves. It inspired Rudyard Kipling’s epic, the Jungle Book. Home to amazing variety of animals in different habitat, National Park stands brilliantly in a group of few reserves of gene pool of Indian Flora ‘n’ Fauna. The Kanha forest is a unique experience, as the rich tree cover interspersed with open grasslands allows for a rich animal population density similar in scope to the animal rich National Parks of Africa. Stretching over 940 sq kms (363 sq miles), Kanha promises a unique and satisfying experience. Its forests retain a grandeur of wilderness rarely found elsewhere and is unparalleled with its variety of mammals and birds. It is one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia and a major attraction for wildlife lovers all over the world. Over the years animals have become bolder and more confident, making the park excellent for wildlife viewing and photography. Project Tiger has yielded remarkable results, from around 48 tigers at the beginning of the Project Tiger, it now boasts around 100 tigers, making it the best place in the world to see tiger. The Kanha National Park also happens to be the sole habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha or Swamp Deer (Cervus durauceli branderi) which has been rescued from the very brink of extinct. Overall a great tiger and wildlife rescue.
Places of Interest:
Besides the flora and fauna of the National Park, Bamni Dadar also makes an excellent spot to visit. It is popularly known as the sunset point of the park and gives a breathtaking view of the park as well. You can also spot some of the mixed forest zone animals grazing here namely the sambar, barking deer, gaur and four-horned antelope.
Jabalpur makes another important excursion point from National Park. Located at a distance of 145 kilometres via Mandla, Jabalpur is also an important base point to visit a number of important places in the region. Inside Jabalpur the Madan Mahal Fort built in AD 1116 and the Rani Durgavati Museum that houses a number of fine archaeological findings and sculptures of a bygone era are the two landmarks to visit. The Tilwara Ghat where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi are believed to have been immersed also makes an important place to visit in Jabalpur. You can also access the Marble Rocks, Dhuandhar Falls and the Chausath Yogini Mandir from this place.
The city of Nagpur is located at a distance of 260 kilometers from National Park. Famous for its oranges, Nagpur is nicknamed as the orange city. The present day Nagpur city was founded by the Gond King of Deogad, Bakht Buland Shah in the year 1702. The city will complete its 300 years in the year 2002. Nagpur has a good network of transportation and is easily accessible from its nearby towns and cities.