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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Kanha National Park - 12

Guys, Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the sambar and the chausingha. Other frequent visitors inlcude the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole or Indian wild dog and an occassional panther. Some 200 species of birds inhabit the park that include the cattle egret, black ibis, hawk eagle and the red-wattled lapwing.

The barasingha is undoubtedly the jewel of Kanha. But for all the astonishing diversity in tis wildlife population, Kanha is best known as the habitat of the tiger.

When to visit:

The park is closed from July, 1st to October 31st, because of the heavy monsson. The ideal time to visit Kanha would be the period between February and June. A stay of at least 3 nights is recommended in order to get a really good sighting of Kanha's more elusive animals.

Where to stay:

Royal Tiger Resort, Wild Chalet Resort, Kanha Safari Lodge, Baghira Log Huts (MPSTDC), Tourist Hostel (MPSTDC) and Forest Rest Houses are the available means of accommodation.

How to get there:

Khatia (3 kms from Kisli) and Mukhi are the two main entry points to the Park. The nearst town is Mandla (65 kms.)

By Air:

Nearest airport are located at Jabalpur (170 kms.) Raipur (219 kms.) and Nagpur (270 kms.)

By Rail:

The closest rail head are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur.

By Road:

A daily bus service is available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur, and back. It is advisable to reach Kisli before sunset, as vehicles are not allowed in the park after dark.

Contact:

Field Director, Project Tiger, Kanha Tiger Reserve, P.O. Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.

Related Links :

01. Nature and WildLife of India : WildLife Protection Act 1972 - 1
02. Wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir - 2
03. Corbett National Park (Project Tiger) : Wildlife in Uttaranchal - 3
04. Rajaji National Park - 4
05. Wildlife in Uttar Pradesh : Dudhwa National Park - 5
06. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Bharatpur National Park - 6
07. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Ranthambore National Park (Project Tiger) - 7
08. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Sariska Tiger Reserve - 8
09. Wildlife in Gujarat : Gir National Park and Sanctuary - 9
10. Wild Ass Sanctuary - 10
11. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Bandhavgarh National Park - 11
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