The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha providedinspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book."
A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger. Wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered bamboo forests play host to a wide variety of wildlife and diverse bird-life with over 300 species recorded.
History and Culture
One of the first Tiger Reserves to work for Project Tiger, Kanha was made a Tiger Reserve in 1973. Nestled in the Maikal range, it is the largest park of Central India. It is commonly believed that Kanha got its name from the texture of the soil found there, which is locally called Kanhar.
With the introduction of The Jungle Book in 1894 the breathtaking landscapes of Kanha hailed to popularity. The natural landscape and highland beauty of Kanha has been appreciated worldwide making it one of the prime wildlife destinations.
Recent surveys indicate that Kanha's sal forests and meadows contain a growing population of around 125 tigers. There are also around 100 leopards and huge populations of deer and antelopes, including some 400 southern swamp deer (barasingha) which exist nowhere else in the world. You’ll see plenty of langurs, the odd gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and jackal or two.
Kanha National Park is open from the ides of October till the end of June.
- October - June