Tigers of Kanha National Park
One of the major tiger reserves in India, apart from the tiger reserves at Sariska, Ranthambhore & Jim Corbett National Park, Kanha National Park is a bustling wildlife sanctuary situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Divided currently into two sanctuaries, Hallon & Banjar, the lush green landscape and ravines of this site inspired author Rudyard Kipling to give his most significant creation ever, The Jungle Book. The tiger reserve that is the centre of attraction in Kanha National Park, houses the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger. However, this is not the end. Kanha also sports a wide range of exquisite flora and fauna, from the lush green sal and bamboo trees to the rare breeds of hard ground stag [Barasingha], Gaur [Indian Bison], Swamp Deer as the list goes on. So if you're anywhere close to this beautiful wildlife sanctuary, don't miss it, even for once.
Birds in Kanha National Park
Kanha brings around 300 species of birds which attracts many bird watchers and photographers for taking account of these majestic creatures. Excellent birding surrounds the eastern region where they can explore the trails, waterways and forests in search of elusive species. With an array of birds that are unique to this area of Madhya Pradesh, species in the park include storks, teals, pintails, pond herons, egrets, peacock, peafowl, jungle fowl, hoopoes, drongos, partridges, quails, ring doves, spotted parakeets, green pigeons, rock pigeons, cuckoos, spurfowl, painhas, rollers, bee-eater, warblers, woodpeckers, finches, kingfishers, orioles, owls, and flycatchers. A binocular, bird guidebook and a camera equipped with suitable lenses are must-have essentials to experience the kaleidoscopic avian beauty. Bird watchers and researchers are often attracted by the exotic species in these grasslands such as Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo. Racket Tailed Drongo, Tawny Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Francolin, Painted Francolin, Black Naped Flycatcher, Common Iora and Eurasian Blackbird.
Fauna in Kanha National Park
Hundred of acres of grassy meadows, ravines and streams, indeed a paradise for the wildlife in Kanha. Fitting under such a description of the geography, the park provides natural habitat to a huge variety of animals. Also known as the Kanha Tiger reserve, it is a home of several tiger species including the Royal Bengal tigers which attracts a major population of wildlife enthusiasts. It also hosts a large population of leopards, jungle cats, wild dogs and jackals. Some commonly spotted mammals in the reserve are tiger, chital, sambar, barasingha, barking deer, chousingha, gaur, langur, wild pig, sloth bear, black buck, hyena, wild boar, rudd mongoose, Indian Fox, Badger, Indian Hare and Wild Dog along with several species of reptiles including Indian Monitor, Fan Throated Lizard, Indian Garden Lizard, Russell’s Viper, Python, Indian Cobra, Indian Krait and Rat Snake. The reserve has been instrumental in hosting some of the very rare and endangered species of mammals, reptiles and birds.
Sunset Point in Kanha National Park
Also known as the Sunset point of Kanha, Bamni Dadar is the highest plateau in the national park offering a serenading view of the vastness and beauty of the meadows. Many visitors review this as the most beautiful place to experience the awe-inspiring view of the sunset. This is the last location for most evening safaris organised by the park for spotting the barking deer and Indian bison.
Safari at Kanha
Jeep Safari is the best way to explore Kanha. It is very easy to find a jeep safari in Kanha, as it is one of the hotspots in India for spotting tigers. Since the costs are typically per jeep, its advisable to share your jeep in case seats are available. The safaris are allowed in two slots: morning (6am to 11am) and afternoon (3pm to 6pm). Morning slot typically has more chances of spotting tigers. The costs would be around INR 1000-2000 for a jeep. The evening safaris are slightly cheaper than the morning ones.
Elephant safaris could be very exciting here and they are typically available in the morning slot. It might cost you around INR 300-600 per head.