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Kanha National Park : CENTRAL INDIA

Kanha National Park is one of the finest national parks of India and spread across Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla and Balaghat districts in Madhya Pradesh. The park is the only habitat of the rare Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi). In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar, of 250 sq km and 300 sq km each.

Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained a protected one until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952. By a special statute in 1955, Kanha National Park came into being.

Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park's flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population

The highland forests are tropical moist dry deciduous type and of a completely different nature with bamboo on slopes (Dendrocalamus strictus). A very good looking Indian ghost tree (kullu) can also be seen in the dense forest.

Location
Mandla, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nearest Rail Head
Mandla
Nearest Airport
Jabalpur
Area
1945 sq. km (Combining Core and buffer forest
Vegetation
Tropical moist deciduous, dry deciduous and grassy meadows
Established
1955
Major Wildlife Attractions
Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Barasingha, Dhole
Best Time to visit
November to June