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Location : District - Mandla, Madhya Pradesh
Area : 1,945 sq km
Major Attractions : Tigers, Leopards and Bears.
Best Time to Visit : Kanha is open only from mid-November to June, and close rest of the year.
Timings : 6 am to noon, 3 pm to 5.30 pm.
Entry Fee : Rs 25 for Indians, Rs 500 for foreigners, including morning and afternoon safaris.
Camera Charges : Still Camera - Rs 40, Video Camera - Rs 300.
Vehicle Entry : Rs 100 per entrance.

Introducing Kanha National Park
Barahsingha Kanha National park Madhya Situated in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park has been the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's all time great classic 'Jungle Book.' One of the most popular tiger reserves of the world, Kanha National Park is sandwiched between the spectacular Banjar and Halon valleys. The Park spreads over an area of 1,945 sq.kms out of which 940 sq.kms forms the main area which is encircled by the spurs of the Mekal. Kanha National Park was established in the year 1955 and since then it has been preserving a variety of animal species and many endangered species. Even today, after 50 years of its establishment, Kanha National Park retains its old charm and is still as beautiful.

Blessed with a picturesque landscape, Kanha is drained by the rivers Surpan, Sulkum, Banjar and Nila and covered by the thick grasslands. Besides, the steep rocky outcrops along the edge of the park add more to its beauty. By far the most striking feature of Kanha National Park is Tiger, here you can spot tiger roaming freely in the wilderness of its natural habitat. Apart from it, Kanha is also noted for other wild animals like Barasingha and various deer species.

Flora of the National Park
Kanha National Park has a varied topography consisting of huge plateaus and vast grasslands. The Park is deeply forested with trees like Haldu, Bija and Dhaora. Besides, you will abundantly find Bamboo forests, Sal forests, Ban-rahar and Sindhur. Kanha is also home to expansive meadows left behind by villages relocated outside the park. During the cooler and greener months, Kanha National Park becomes amazingly scenic with its lush greenery, which is the perfect time to visit the park.
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Fauna of the National Park
Usually spotting the wild animals in national park or wildlife sanctuaries is a matter of luck, but Kanha National Park is so rich in wildlife that you can easily spot a number of wild animals. Kanha is noted for its tiger population, which attracts large number of visitors every year. In addition to Tigers, you can also watch several other wild animals like Leopard, Gaur or Indian Bison, Wild Pig, Antelope, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Swamp Deer, Spotted Deer, Chousingha, Barasingha, Jackal, Fox, Nilgai, Porcupine, Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat etc.

Kanha National Park has also a rich avian population including 175 different varieties. Popular bird species which you can watch in Kanha include Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Partridges, Orioles, Hoopoes, Pond Herons, Spotted Parakeets, Drongos, Peacock, Pintails, Egrets, Storks, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, Quails, Ring Doves, Kingfishers, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Bee-eater, Warblers, Fly catchers, Teals, Woodpeckers, Finches and Owls.

Activities You Can Take Part In
Kanha National ParkElephant Safari : Elephant Safari is the most popular leisure activity which you take up in Kanha National Park. In fact, Elephant Safari is the best way to observe the wild animals in Kanha National Park. A ride on the elephant back takes you to open country side and provides good chances of sightings wildlife. Elephant Safari in Kanha National Park is a wonderful experience, better you visit the park and explore this pictursque tiger country yourself on the elephant back.

Other Attractions
Kanha Museum : The Kanha Museum at Kanha National Park is a must visit place. The museum has a good collection of items depicting attributes and activities of the park and also the tribal culture of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha Museum is closed every Wednesday.

Where to Stay
Enough good accommodation options are available in Kanha and in the nearby places. In Kanha, there are a number of star category hotels catering to the needs of visitors coming to explore the Park. Some of the popular resorts and lodges in and around Kanha include Kanha Jungle Lodge, Tuli Tiger Resort and Wild Chalet Resort.

How to Reach
Nearest airport is located at Nagpur, which is 266 kms away from Kanha National Park. Nagpur airport is connected by numerous domestic flights with Mumbai. Jabalpur (169 kms) is the nearest railhead from where you have to take bus or jeep services to reach Kanha. Good network of roads connect Kanha with Jabalpur (175 kms), Nagpur (266 kms) and Khajuraho (445 kms). For the local transport, the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) operates a Jeep Service to move around in the park.

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