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Amongst the best, Kanha is also one of the largest national parks in India. Its core zone covers an area of 940 sq km, while the buffer is spread across1,000 sq km. The most noticeable vegetation is the huge bamboo, sal and teak trees. The park is noted for its tiger population. Sightings are frequent and, during summers, local jeep operators actually offer a money-back guarantee for tiger sightings. The park is also famous for its rare barasinghas, whose number had dwindled to an alarmingly low 66 a few years ago, but has been raised to 1,000 due to conservation efforts. Kanha, with its plateaus, hills and grasslands, is also one of the most scenic parks in the country.

The climate at Kanha is tropical. Summer is hot and humid with a maximum and minimum temperature of 40.6°C and 23.9°C. Winter is pleasant with an average maximum and minimum temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C, respectively. The annual average rainfall is 152 cm. Warm clothes are needed during winter specially while travelling on jeep. A pair of binoculars is useful for watching birds and animals. Best time to observe the birds is in the morning and evening.
Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is one of India’s finest tiger reserves. Spread over more than, 1940 sq km in a horse-shoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Mekal range the park presents a varied topography.

Kanha also shelters one of the largest population of tigers in the country. Some of the other animal species found in the park are sloth bear, leopard, striped hyena, spotted deer, wild boar, jungle cat, jackal, and a variety of monkeys. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted in the park.

Though Kanha is more famous for its wildlife, the natural beauty of its landscape is just as fascinating. One of the best locations to enjoy that bounty is Bamni Dadar, also known as the sunset point.
The sal forests have secrets to keep – no one knows how Kanha got its name. Some say it comes from kanhar, the clay-like soil of the river bottoms. Others say the area is named after Kanva, a forest sage who once lived here and was the father of Shakuntala, whose son was Bharat and whose story was told in Kalidasa’s famous play. Another famous legend from the mists of time surrounds Shravan Tal, the earth-bound tank at the north-eastern edge of Kanha meadow. Here the accidental killing of young Shravan Kumar by King Dasharatha led to the epic story of Valmiki’s Ramayana.

The park is closed from July 1 to October 31, every year.

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