The Kanha National Park is considered one of the best well-preserved national parks on the continent. Located in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha is situated in the Maikal hills which lie east of the Satpura mountain range. The park covers an area of almost 1000 sq kms of deciduous forest, grasslands as well as hills and meandering rivers. In addition, the park also offers a safe habitat and natural eco-system for more than 22 species of mammals, 220 species of birds, insects and other reptiles that live in harmony here. The Kanha Tiger Reserve was one of the first nine Project Tiger reserves ever created in India and is one of the best places to enjoy a night safari even today. Besides getting a chance to see tigers lazing around and hunting in the wild, other cats like leopards can also be spotted from time to time.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the park is from April to June or from November to January as the park remains closed between July and mid October due to the monsoon season. Reserves
Flora & Fauna in the park
Nature lovers are certain to enjoy going on a Kanha Wildlife tour and watching different animals live in their natural habitat. One such animal which was almost extinct is the rare Swamp Deer or Barasingha which now abounds in the park. Other animals that can be seen include sambhars, black buck, sloth bears, jackals, foxes, hyenas as well as wild rabbits and monkeys. Bird lovers will enjoy sighting various species such as storks, pond herons, peacocks, woodpeckers, kingfishers and owls to name a few.
Since the Kanha National park itself is a dry, deciduous forest, the park is home to a number of shrubs, herbs and aquatic plants. It is believed that the park alone has more than 70 various species of trees such as Lush, Sal, Saj, Arjun and Bamboo besides evergreen grasslands.
Tourists can look forward to excellent accommodation options while visiting the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The Kanha Jungle Lodge which is located nearby the park itself is set in the midst of the Sal jungle and offers modern amenities such as hot & cold water as well as other facilities like a library with a huge collection of wildlife books and a recreational center as well. Tourists who want a real jungle camping feel should try the Tuli Tiger Resort which is located in the buffer zone of the park and offers prime facilities. Guests can look forward to comfortable rooms as well as entertainment acts like tribal dances at night.
The Kanha Wildlife experience promises to be an enriching one for those who love getting close to nature.
Website URL- http://www.kanha-national-park.com/