Park Area: 1940 sq km
Famous As: One of the Most Scenic and Beautiful Wildlife Reserves in Asia
Best Time To Visit: February And April.
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendor. This is original Kipling country, of which he wrote so vividly in his Jungle Book. The same abundance of wildlife species exists today in Kanha National Park, which forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hard ground barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being. Since then, a series of stringent conservation program for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.
Important areas in Mukki Range, Kanha
- DUKE'S ROAD
- LAPSI KABAR
- BABATHENGA TANK
- KANHA MEADOWS
- SHARVAN TAL
- SHARAVAN CHITA
- KANHA MUSEUM
- SONF MEADOW
This is new part of the park which has been open recently in the year 2008.
- SILPURA MEADOW
Forest Department guides accompany visitors around the park on mapped-out circuits which enable viewers to see a good cross-section of Kanha's wildlife. The best areas are the meadows around Kanha, where blackbuck, chital and barasingha can be seen throughout the day.
- Bamni Dadar: Known as Sunset Point, this is
one of Hardground Barasingha is found only at Kanha The most
beautiful areas of the park, from where a spectacular sunset can be
watched. The dense luxuriance of Kanha's forests can best be seen
from here. Animals that can be sighted around this point are typical
of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the
- Mammalian Species: Kanha has some 22 species
of mammals. Those most easily spotted are the striped palm squirrel,
common langur, jackal, wild pig, chital or spotted deer, barasingha
or swamp deer, sambar and blackbuck.
- Less commonly seen species are: Tiger, Indian
hare, dhole or Indian wild dog, barking deer and Indian bison or
gaur. Patient watching should reward the visitor with a sight of:
Indian fox, sloth bear, striped hyena, jungle cat, leopard, Mouse
deer, chausingha or four-horned antelope, nilgai, ratel and
- Very rarely seen are: Wolf, which lives in the
far east of the park; chinkara, to be found outside the park's
northern boundary; Indian pangolin, the smooth Indian otter and the
small Indian civet.
- Avian Species: Kanha has some 200 species of
birds. Watchers should station themselves in the hills, where the
mixed and bamboo forests harbour many species, and in The grassy
Water birds can be seen near the park's many rivulets and at Sarvantal, a pool that is frequented by water birds and the area in front of the museum. The sal forests do not normally yield a sight of Kanha's avifauna. Early mornings and late afternoons are best for birdwatching; binoculars are an invaluable aid to the watcher.
- Commonly seen species include: cattle egret,
pond heron, black ibis, common peafowl, crested serpent,
rackettailed drongo, hawk eagle and red-wattled lapwing; various
species of flycatcher, woodpecker, pigeon, dove, parakeet, babbler
and mynah; Indian roller, white-breasted kingfisher and grey
hornbill. Jeep and Elephant Hire.
MPSTDC jeeps are available on hire for touring the park. Elephants are used for tiger-tracking and should a tiger be located, the elephant can take visitors to the site. For jeep hire, see the MPSTDC Manager, at the Baghira Log Huts, Kisli and Kanha Safari Lodge, Mukki. Bookings for a morning run should be made the previous day., Please bear in mind that jeeps are not always available during peak visiting periods.