Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kanha National park, located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat in Madya Pradesh : Tourism, Wildlife, Major Attraction

Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park is one of the India’s finest tiger reserves. It is spread more than 940 sq km in a horse shoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Mekal range the park presents a varies topography.

Kanha national park is more famous for its wildlife, the natural beauty of its landscape is just as fascinating. One of the best locations to enjoy that bounty is Bammi Dadar, also known as the sunset point..

The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book "

Area: (core) 940 km²
Terrain: sal and bamboo forests, plateaus, meadows and meandering streams
Best Season: February to June
Morning Visiting Hours: 6:30 am to 12:00 noon
Evening Visiting Hours: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Closed: 1 July to 15 October

Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. List of mammals one can spot at kanha national park

Rhesus Macaque Wolf
Sloth Bear
Small Indian Civet
Striped Hyaena
Indian Muntjac
Sambar Gaur
Indian Palm Squirrel
Hanuman Langur Bengal Fox
Smooth-coated Otter
Four-horned Antelope Indian Hare
Indian Grey Mongoose
Jungle Cat
Indian Spotted Chevrotain
Indian Porcupine
Golden Jackal
Leopard Wild Boar
Swamp Deer

Bamni Dadar:
It is also known as the sunset point is quite popular among tourists. Most tourists visit Bamni Dadar to get the wonderful view of the setting sun and this is also one of the beautiful area in the park, Animals that can be sighted around this pont are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the four-horned antelope etc

Kanha Museum:
Kanha Museum inside the park is another interesting place to visit. The museum is the right place to understand the topography and other interesting aspects of the park.

Kawardha Palace:
Only three hours drive for the Resort, The Palace Kawardha was designed and built by Maharaja Dharamraj Singh in the period 1936-39. This inspiring monument was created using Italian marble and stone, and is set in eleven acres of private lush gardens.

Bandhavgarh National Park:
This is a small National Park, compact yet full of game. Owing to its small size, the density of tigers is the highest. Apart from Tigers there are around 22 species of mammals and another 250 species of birds are present.

Near Kanha National Park is Bamni Dadar visited by every tourist who comes to the national park. This place is also known as the sunset point. The Kanha National Park is at it scenic best at this point. The sunset from this spot is mesmerizing.

Nagpur :
The city of Nagpur is located at a distance of 260 kilometres from Kanha National Park. Famous for its oranges, Nagpur is nicknamed as the orange city. The present day Nagpur city was founded by the Gond King of Deogad, Bakht Buland Shah in the year 1702. The city completed its 300 years in the year 2002

Jabalpur makes another important excursion point from Kanha National Park. Located at a distance of 145 kilometres via Mandla, Jabalpur is also an important base point to visit a number of important places in the region. Inside Jabalpur the Madan Mahal Fort built in AD 1116 and the Rani Durgavati Museum that houses a number of fine archaeological findings and sculptures of a bygone era are the two landmarks to visit.

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