Another name for Kanha Tiger Reserve is Kanha National Park. One of the popular tiger reserves of India and also the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, this natural sanctuary is located in the very heart of India. Established in the year of 1955, this sanctuary was officially named as the Kanha Tiger Reserve in the year 1973. And today, this place stretches over an area of around 940 sq. km, spreading in the districts of Mandla and Balaghat. It has a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 sq. km making it one of the largest National Parks in Central India.
This park has got a significant population of royal Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, barasingha, and Indian wild dogs. What will really leave you intrigued is the fact that this is the same forest that was depicted in Rudyard’s Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book.’
In the 1800s, it was still under the rule of the Gond dynasty for many centuries. It was only in 1862 when the first forest management rules were instituted prohibiting the cutting of various tree species like Sal, Teak, Saja. And by 1871, this place saw a tremendous change.
Then in 1969, the management began to relocate the villages to more core areas like Bishanpura, Gorhela, etc. Sometime around 1970, the authorities tried and made successful attempts for safeguarding the ‘jewel of Kanha’, the ‘Barasingha’ species of deers from extinction.
By 1980, so much had happened in this place that the Kanha Park had become the perfect location for Stanley Breeden and Belinda Wright’s award-winning National Geographic Film, ‘Land of the Tigers’. And the same year, this place witnessed the successful attempts of the very first phase of the Project Tiger.
The Kanha Tiger Reserve is apparently home to more than 1000 species of plants and an equally great number of animal species. This place has an abundance of natural beauty whether it be the vast Meadows, open forests, the clear skies. It won’t be wrong to say that every inch of this natural landscape is worth a reason to visit this place.
Kanha Museum. The Kanha Museum is perhaps one of the most ideal places to get useful information about the topography as well as many other intriguing aspects of the park. This place has a lot to offer like reserves, carnivores, reptiles and herbivore creatures. What is really more intriguing is the fact that in order to offer a much better comprehension of the wildlife habitat to tourists, this historical center also houses a few charts, photographs, and models offering a very detailed insight of the food chain. For anyone who loves detailed work, this is the kind of place worth visiting.
Kawardha Palace. The Kawardha Palace is yet another amazing option to explore in and around the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Spread across an area of 11 acres, this destination encompasses amazing panoramic views of Maikal Hill Range. For any nature lover, this place is a must-visit.
Amarkantak. Also known as Teerthraj, this place is situated at a distance of around 159km from Kanha National Park. The enriching natural heritage of this land is quite noteworthy. This place is also one of the emerging points of Narmada, Sone and Johila rivers. Amarkantak is best known for its Dudhdhara waterfalls, the foaming water of which resembles milk.
Jabalpur. A place which is also known as the soul of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur is the city of coloured marble rocks. This place is situated at a distance of 164km from Kanha National Park offering many attractions to travelers to cherish forever. For anyone who is looking for knowing the cultural significance of this place, Jabalpur is a must-visit.
The best time to visit the Kanha Tiger Reserve is from mid-October to June end.
By Air. Madhya Pradesh has five airports namely Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Raja Bhoj International Airport, Dumna Airport, Gwalior Airport, Khajuraho Airport which also have scheduled flights to major cities in India, however, the nearest airport is Jabalpur Airport. After getting off, you will need to get yourself a cab or some other means of public transportation to reach this park to cover the remaining 160-170km distance.
By Train. The overall connectivity via train to Madhya Pradesh is very good. Rajdhani, Garib Rath, Shatabdi are some of the trains that will take you to Madhya Pradesh. The nearest railway station is Jabalpur. From there, you will need to get some means of transportation to cover a distance of around 160km approximately.
By Road. Traveling to Kanha Tiger Reserve by road can be a very interesting experience. You can travel to this place from various cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. You will have to take either NH 7, 12A, 25, 26, 27, 3, or 92 to travel to this place.
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