Mandla, Madhya Pradesh, India
22°20'0''N 80°38'0''E? / ?22.33333,
Watching tigers roaming freely in the wilderness of their natural habitat is
truly thrilling. Listening to their enthralling roar or facing them as they
suddenly appear pump adrenaline into the onlookers. One of the finest and
best administered National Parks, Kanha Tiger Reserve is irresistible for
all wildlife enthusiast. Stretch over 940 sq km, its natural splendor
includes Sal forests, panoramic grasslands and meandering rivers.
Kanha National Park is quite rich in flora and fauna. Relatively moderate
climate and varied topography create a true heaven for animal and avifauna
population. Apart from significant population of Royal Bengal Tigers and
only habitat of rare Barahsingha (Cervus duvauceli), the park is also the
natural habitat of leopards, sloth bear and Indian wild dog. Escarpments at
the edges of valley offer breathtaking views of the park.
The vegetation at Kanha National Park is chiefly moist deciduous forest
interspersed with tropical dry deciduous and grasslands meadows. Extensive
Sal (Shorea robusta) and Bamboo forests are the main constituent of entire
vegetation. Other important trees include Saj (Terminalia tomentosa), Tendu,
Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Palas (Butea
monosperma), Mango (Mangifera indica), Jamun (Syzygium Cumini) etc.
Gir has seven major perennial rivers and four reservoirs, presenting a
panoramic view. The biggest reservoir named Kamleshwar Dam is dubbed as the
lifeline of Gir.
There is a large tiger population in the Kanha National Park. The park also
has a significant population of leopards, sloth bear and Indian wild dog
(Cuon alpinus dukhunensis). Rare Indian wolf (Canis (lupus) indica) can also
be found here. The park is only left natural habitat of Barahsingha (Cervus
Other commonly observed mammals include the Sambar, spotted deer, common
grey langur, wild boar, gaur, golden jackal, Bengal fox, Indian civet,
mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, pangolin and porcupine.
Nearby Tourist Destinations
Mandla has sports clubs, Internet cafes, churches and hundreds of beautiful
temples around the city.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kanha National Park is months of January to June.
The park is closed from July to September during the monsoon season.
How to Reach
The nearest airports are at Jabalpur (160 km, 3
hours) and Nagpur (260 km, 6 hours).
Jabalpur is the well-known railway stations.
- Jabalpur 160 km
- Nagpur 266 km
- Raipur 219 km
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