Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is widely considered the greatest of India’s wildlife reserves, encompassing some 940-sq km of deciduous forest, savannah grassland, hills and an extensive network of rivers and streams.
Central portions of the Kanha Valley were designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Prior to this, the area was a hunting ground for burrasahibs of the Raj. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the government declared Kanha a bona fide national park.
Since becoming one of the original participants of Indira Gandhi’s Project Tiger, tiger numbers have recovered and the parks department now claims there are more than 200 tigers at Kanha.
A setting for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book collection of stories, Kanha National Park has an excellent variety of wildlife including tiger, chital (the staple diet of Kanha’s tigers), sambar, langur monkeys, gaur, nilgai, wild boar and Barasingha or swamp deer (plucked from near extinction in the 1960s). Although wildlife can be seen throughout the season, sightings increase during the hotter months of March and April, because the animals move out of the tree cover in search of water.
The park is open from 01 November to end June, when the monsoon arrives.
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