Kanha National Park is one of the most famous national parks in this country. Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve is known for its efforts towards conserving tigers. Situated in the districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park hosts hundreds of diverse species of plants and animals.
Home to the Gonds and Baigas, two of central India’s indegenious tribes, Kanha Tiger Reserve is located in the Mandla and Balaghat districts. A true peek into the beauty of the jungle, Kanha National Park prides itself for its Indian Tigers as well as the ‘jewel of Kanha’, the Bara Singha.
The present-day Kanha area is divided into two protected areas, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km2. Together with a surrounding buffer area of 1,067 km2 and the neighboring 110 km2 Phen Sanctuary, it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which is one of the biggest in the country. This makes it the largest national park in Central India.
Why to Visit
This national park hosts about a thousand flowering plant species. There are lowland and highland forests. To add to the diversity, the lowland forests are interspersed with meadows.
You will also find a lot of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, foxes, and jackals as your eyes soak in the beauty of the majestic forests and the ever-expanding meadows. This national park also prides itself on being home to birds like the black ibis, vultures, cattle egret, blossom-headed parakeets, white-breasted kingfishers, drongos, common teal, crested serpent eagle, gray hornbill, and many more.
Tips for Visitors
- Rules and Regulations of the National Park should be followed by the visitors.
- Follow Instructions of the Forest Officials.
- Maintain Silence and Discipline in the Park.
- Wear light clothes in summer and winters there should be jackets, mufflers, and caps.
- Maintain a safe distance from wild animals.
- Take care of small children.
- Music Instruments should not be taken inside.
- Smoking is prohibited inside the National park.
- Do not feed wild animals, the food you consume might be harmful to them.
- Do not use any strong perfumes inside the National Park.
- Photography is allowed but using a flashlight is strictly prohibited.
- Overspeeding of vehicles is strictly prohibited.
You can visit the Bandhavgarh Fort. It is situated in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. The city of Jabalpur is very popular for tourism. It possesses gifted natural scenic beauty of hills, ponds, river, water-fall, historical monuments, etc. The ‘queen of Satpura’, the Pachmari Hills is also a very famous tourist attraction. Other than that, you can also visit the Taboda National Park, Pench National Park, Satpura National Park, Ajgar Dadar, and Amarkantak.
How to Reach
The Jabalpur Airport is about 175km from the national park. There are direct flights to and from Jabalpur Airport to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Belgaum. The Jabalpur Railway Station is also a major railway station and major trains run via this station. The best way to travel to Kanha National Park by train is via Mandla where there are tourist taxi services to the reserve.