Popularized by Rudyard Kipling as the Mowgli land, Kanha is the place that inspired the classic – the Jungle Book. The Black Panther, Bears, Pythons, Elephants and even the Bengal Tiger, found their space in the classic. Around 125 tigers dot the scenery of the park and it’s a real treat for book and nature lovers alike!
The present-day Kanha area is divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km2 (120 sq mi)> respectively. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and in 1973 was made the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km2 (360 sq mi) in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat.
Kanha national park is counted among oldest tiger reserves of India. This region was under control of Gondwana dynasty in which Gond rulers were ruling over the vast area of Central India. This forest area was part of their kingdom and here mainly tribal peoples were living like Gond, Baiga, During beginning of Project tiger in India, Kanha national park was among the first few national parks included in the project for Tiger conservation in India. It is counted among most well managed and tourism friendly national parks of India. Before it was declared as national park, during British India period, two popular river valleys exists in Maikal-Satpura mountain ranges. They are known by the names of Halon River Valley and Banjar River Valley.
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha providedinspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park’s landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park’s fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia.
A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendor of the area. Aside from its diverse wildlife and bird population, the frequent sightings of Tigers roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary remain the most popular draw.
How many of you have seen a tiger before? Most of the answers will be ambiguous because everyone wants to see a tiger. Then where can one spot TIGER? Well, even if there are circuses and zoo’s all over India, there’s some kind of a thrill you experiences when all of a sudden you came across a TIGER roaming freely in the wilderness of its natural habitat: the fields and forests of India. There are nucious beast,merous Tiger reserves in India, that are preserving this park but nowhere can you see them as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park.
Best time to visit: October to mid-June with March to May being ideal to spot the tigers and panthers.
How to reach: Railways : Gondia and Jabalpur are the two nearest railway station from Kanha National Park. Gondia Railway Station is located at a distance of 145km and it takes 3 hrs drive from Kanha. 160 Km away from Kanha is Jabalpur Railway Station and it takes a drive of 4 hrs drive.
By Air: Reach Jabalpur and take a cab to Kanha National Park