Kanha National Park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park is the
largest national park in Asia and is one of the first Project
Tiger reserves in India. This national park is in the shape of
a horseshoe, surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal ridge. This
national park was established in the year 1974. The grasslands
in Kanha National Park are interspersed with Sal and Bamboo
forests. The Surpan River meanders through Kanha's central
grasslands that cover the extensive plateau. Kanha national
park extends over an area of over 1,940 square kms. Out of the
total area, the core area, which is about 940 square km, is
the national park and around it is the buffer zone. It was
here at Kanha that the eminent zoologist, George Schaller,
undertook the first ever-scientific study of the tiger.
Wildlife Attractions in the Kanha National Park
The major wildlife attraction in Kanha National Park is the
tiger. After 1976 the total population of tiger has doubled.
Other major attraction of the Kanha National Park is the rare
hard ground 'Barasingha'. Once there were only about 66
Barasinghas in the national park, but careful conservation and
management increased their population to more than 400. Other
wildlife animals in the park include Spotted deer, Blackbuck,
Porcupine, Grey Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard,
Nilgai, Gaur, Indian Bison and Wild Pig. Apart from various
wildlife animals there are about 175 varieties of birds in
Kanha National Park. Some of the birds, which can be seen in
this park, are the Racquet Tailed Drongo, Crimson Breasted
Barbet, Crested Hawk Eagle and Golden Oriole.
Best Time to Visit Kanha National Park
The best season to visit Kanha National Park is from the
months of April to June and November to January. The park is
closed from July to October that is during the monsoon season.
How to reach Kanha National Park
The nearest airport is at Nagpur, which is about 266 kms.
Nagpur is connected with various other cities.
The nearest railway station is at Jabalpur, which is about 175
Kanha National Park is connected by road with Jabalpur,
Khajuraho, Nagpur and Raipur. There are regular bus services
available from Jabalpur to Kanha.