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
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.
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
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
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