Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts. It is one of India’s finest tiger reserves. Spread across 940 sq km in a horse-shoe shaped valley, it is bounded by the spurs of the Mekal range and presents a varied topography.
The forests are very vast and your chances of spotting a tiger are fairly good. The sal forests and meadows home around 200 tigers, deers, barasinghs, bison, boars and lots of birds. The park is closed from July to mid-October during monsoon. Summers are very humid and hot and goes up to 40 degrees whereas summers are around 22 degrees.
Road Kanha National Park is connected by road with Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Mukki 25-kms, Raipur 219-kms. Within the park: Koshi - Kanha (9-kms), Kishi - Katia (4-kms), Kishi - Mukki (32-kms). There are regular to and fro bus service available from Jabalpur to Kanha.
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The Bamni Dadar(Sunset Point) is a place to see apart from the rich animal life and various species of birds. Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, grasslands and streams stretch over 940 sq kms in dramatic natural splendour This Project tiger reserve is original Kipling country where the same abundance of wildlife species exist today as they did in Kipling's time. The park is the only habitat of the rare Hardground Barasingha. Besides there are over 200 species of birds making the place a bird watcher's paradise also.
The park is closed from July 1 to October 31. Vehicles are not allowed in the park after dark. MPSTDC jeeps are available on hire for touring the park. For tiger-tracking, elephants are used. The guides provided by the Forest Department accompany visitors around the park.