Kanha National ParkKanha : situated in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the picturesque Kanha National Park was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable classic Jungle Book. The romance of the Kanha National Park has not reduced over time-it is still as beautiful.

The national park was created in 1955 by a special law and, since then, it has dedicated itself in preserving a variety of animal species. Many endangered species have indeed been saved here. Today Kanha National Park is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This 'Tiger Country' is the ideal home for both predator and prey.

By far the most striking features of Kanha National Park are the open grassy meadows, where sighting blackbuck, swamp deer, sambhar and chital is common.

Kanha National Park is perhaps one of the best parks for sighting tigers. Of the numerous Tiger reserves in India, that are preserving this ferocious beast, but nowhere can you see them as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park.

The main wildlife attractions Kanha National Park are tiger, bison, gaur, sambhar, chital, barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard.

The birds species in the park include storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, pea fowl, jungle fowl, spur fowl, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, papihas, rollers, bee-eater, hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles, owls, and fly catchers.

However, if one animal species were to represent Kanha, it would probably be the barasingha, or the swamp deer. The barasinghas at Kanha National Park are unique, being the hard ground variety, which populate the large open tracts of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Twenty years ago, the barasingha was faced with extinction but some desperate measures, including the fencing-off of some animals helped save them and again the air in Kanha bugles with their rutting calls.

Getting to Kanha

  • By Air –Jabalpur, 160 kms is the most convenient airport, connected by a daily flight from Delhi. Nagpur, 250 kms is the other airport for visiting Kanha and is connected to Mumbai and Delhi by daily flights.
  • By Air -The nearest railhead is Jabalpur 160 kms. Jabalpur is connected by several daily overnight trains to Delhi and Agra.
  • By Air - Kanha is 275 kms from Bandhavgarh National Park and 150 kms from Pench National Park.

Best Places to Stay in Kanha

Shergarhmake a booking

Set amongst woodland overlooking a lake, Shergarh is an exclusive camp providing tented accommodation at the southern edge of the pristine Kanha Tiger Reserve. Shergarh is the creation of naturalist Jehan Bhujwala and his English wife Katie, whose aim is to ensure a personalised and specialised wildlife experience to every guest. Six cosy tents are individually spaced inside a wooded grove to provide privacy. Each has a large front verandah and an attached bathroom with piping hot showers. Thatched roofs house each tent and are watered in the hot months to ease off rising temperatures. Meals at the Camp are wholesome Indian and Continental food prepared from home-grown vegetables, local produce and fish farmed from their own lake and are served in the Main House. Leisure activities at Shergarh include a library, wildlife based slide shows and talks from resident naturalists as well as guided tours of the surrounding villages.

Chitvan, Kanha Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

One of the most recent Jungle lodges to have opened along the periphery of the Kanha National Park, the Chitvan offers Deluxe accommodation.  Accommodation at Chitvan consists of 12 luxurious and well appointed suites with large windows offering views of the adjoining forests, farms and hills.  Suites here have King size beds, private indoor and outdoor sitting areas with day beds, and are equipped with modern conveniences  like mini bars and tea / coffee makers.  Chitvan has a large organic kitchen garden, and a lot of the food served here comes from the property itself.

Banjaar Tola, Kanha Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Taj C C Africa's  third jungle safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River, directly overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. The luxurious, yet lightweight, ensuite tents have been designed in a contemporary style with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors, and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The intimate camp, is set in 90 acres of lush green property. The lodge has a café at the entrance, dining decks on the river side, and a swimming pool.

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