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Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is a Tiger Reserve that extends over 1945 sq.km of undulating country. Elevations range from 450 to 900 meters. A horse-shoe shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal ridge gives Kanha an interesting topography. The Surpan River meander's through Kanha's central maidens - grassland that cover the extensive plateaus. Steep rocky escarpments along their edges offer breathtaking views of the valleys below.

The grasslands at Kanha interspersed with forests of sal, teeming with varieties of deer - the barasingha, chital (spotted deer), chousingha, nilgai, the majestic gaur (Indian bison) and wild pig, is 'tiger country'. It is ideal for viewing both the predator and the prey.

It was here at Kanha that the first ever scientific study of the tiger was undertaken by the eminent zoologist George Schaller. Another landmark at Kanha is the preservation of the 'hard ground' barasingha (cervus duvauceli branderi)-the only surviving population of this Central Indian subspecies. This was achieved by extending the grasslands, relocating villages and by increasing the habitat.

The animals at Kanha are best observed from elephant back and the open country makes the chances of sightseeing reasonably good. Deer are seen along the maidens and gaur at Bamhnidadar or in the Bishanpura Sondhar-Ghorella area of the Mukki range. This area is also ideal for spotting the dhole or wild dog. Langurs, wild boar, water fowl and birds are also commonly seen.

General Information :
Best time to Visit : November to June (Ideal viewing: March to June)
    July 1 to November 14 Closed
Accommodation : Forest Lodge, Forest Rest Houses, Kipling Camp.
Nearest town : Mandla(65Km)
How to get there : Air & Rail - Jabalpur (170 Kilometers) , Nagpur (270 Kilometers)

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Other Important National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India:

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandipur National Park
Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Corbett National Park
Dudhwa National Park
Gir National Park & Sanctuary
Great Himalayan National Park
Kabini River Lodge
Kanha National Park
Kaziranga National Park
Mudumalai Sanctuary
Manas Tiger Reserve
Nagarhole National Park
Periyar National Park
Ranthambhore National Park
Sariska National Park

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