A land that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his classic novel 'Jungle Book', the forested areas of Kanha, with their wild thickets of sal and bamboo forests, rolling meadows and dramatic ravines, are home to the Kanha National Park. The Created in 1955, the national park is today the core area of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which came into being in 1974, under Project Tiger. The Banjar and the Halon valley form the two halves constituting the vast stretches of land that is the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
One of the greatest achievements of this park is perhaps its
contribution in saving many endangered wildlife species, which nearly
bordered extinction. The park today steadfastly guards the different
genus of wildlife it domiciles and follows painstaking measures to
maintain the overall protection of its flora, fauna and avifauna. The
popular 'Sunset Point' or 'Bamni Dadar' inside the park is the best
lookout point that allows visitors to soak the beautiful landscape of
the park and relish rare sights of wildlife viewing.
Trailing a wild tiger lazing around the shades of the forests of Kanha
offers its own charm. In fact, the tigers remain the most exciting draw
of the place. The park is also home to Sambars and Gaurs, which are
generally seen in the green meadows, grazing away the grasses to glory.
Animals like blackbuck and chital are also common sights. Other main
wildlife attractions of the park include bison, barasingha, barking
deer, black deer, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal
fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, mongoose, and leopard.
Apart from the many species of animals that contribute to the wealth of
fauna of this jungled beauty, one can also notice a wide variety of
exotic birds here. Avifauna of the park include bird species like
storks, peacocks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, pea fowl, jungle
fowl, spur fowl, papihas, partridges, ring doves, quails, spotted
parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, rollers, bee-eater,
hoopoes, drongos, warblers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, finches, orioles,
owls, and fly catchers. Thus, the place is indeed an ornithological
wonder and a paradise for all bird watchers.
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The park falls under a climatic zone that is tropical. Summers remain
hot and humid with a maximum and minimum temperature of 40.6°C and
23.9°C. Winters are bracing with an average maximum and minimum
temperature of 23.9°C and 11.1°C. Thus, the best time to visit
the park is either between April and June, or between November and
January. The place can be easily reached by air, road or rail from
Jabalpur (169 km).