highlights and main attractions of kanha national park

Kanha National Park came into being on 1st June1955 and has become one of the finest tiger reserves in the whole of India. Its 940 square kilometre area is made up of two districts, forming a horseshoe shape in the state of Madhya Pradesh, 100 miles southeast of Jabalpur. The topography features rolling grasslands and bamboo forests, divided by meandering streams to create dramatic natural splendour. 

These beautiful landscapes were the inspiration behind the original Jungle Book by Kipling, and play home to a huge diversity of wildlife.

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Royal Bengal tigers are, of course, the main attraction here and it is little wonder; their majestic striped bodies are almost camouflaged against their surroundings. You may spot them resting in one of the freshwater streams, crossing the jungle paths or hiding in the bushes. The tigers wouldn’t survive here without prey, and chital, sambar, barasingha and barking deer are just some of the other critters living in the park with tigers to fear. You may also spot wild dog, wild pig, jackal, sloth bear, gaur, Indian cobra, fan-throated lizard and panther. The herbivores living in the park are spoilt for choice, with a huge range of flora to choose from, there has also been approximately 300 species of bird spotted in the park.

The extremes of weather here play a big part in your wildlife safari, with scorching hot summers and cold winters dictating the visiting season. The park is open from mid October until the end of June for wildlife spotting, with the best months for this being October to April. This is when the grass is shorter and dry, with the flowers in bloom, enticing the animals.

The accommodation around Kanha is fantastic. Luxury camping options include Shergarh Tented Camp, a favourite with committed wildlife enthusiasts, and Banjaar Tola Lodge which, right on the banks of the Banjaar River, overlooks the heart of the park. Or stay in the intimate, stylish and environmentally aware Flame of the Forest, with excellent views of the jungle. From your lodgings you will be able to embark on jeep safaris, as well as cultural village walks to acquaint you with the local communities.

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