Kanha National Park is one of the most popular Tiger Reserves in the country and definitely one where you stand a very good chance of spotting a tiger. It reportedly formed the basis for
Kipling's Jungle Book
The core area covers 940 sq. kms. and is covered in grasslands and forest. The total area is 1945 kms with 1005 km being a buffer zone to the reserve. It is located in the central highlands of Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh and is part of the vast 500 km-wide forest belt of the Satpuras and the Vindhyas.
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The terrain is hilly at an altitude of 450 meters to 950 metres over sea level. Most of the hills are covered in grass and very little green foliage is present. In the lower regions the forests are covered with bamboo and lower still is Sal. Large meadows roll down an area that is interspersed with numerous streams and rivers.
Over 200 species of birds live in the park and these include egrets, flycatchers, jungle fowl, herons, kingfishers, partridges, teals, warblers, woodpeckers and quail.
Venomous snakes such as the cobra and the viper and non- venomous ones such as the python can be found here.
Entry to the park is available from Kisli, Khatia and Mukhi and tourist guides can be hired at the gates. Tiger viewing can be arranged on elephant back and no walking is permitted in the park.
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Other accommodation includes the Jungle Camp at Khatia, Indian Adventures, Kipling Camp, Kanha Safari Lodge and others.
Forest Rest Houses belonging to the Forest Dept. are available at Garhi, Kisli, Mukhi and Supkhar. The Krishna Jungle Resort also offers accommodation (Phone:0761-28984. Fax.0761-3118410) as does the Kanha Clubhouse (Phone 0761-322224. Fax: 0761-323698).
How to get there:
The Field Director, Project Tiger (Kanha) can provide other information on the park and can be written to at Mandla, Madhya Pradesh 481 661.
Information: Courtesy Government of India
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