Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the most preferred destinations for tiger sighting. Kanha national park with its Maikal range is part of the Satpura Range in Central India It is situated in the eastern part of the India state of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha is a horse shaped valley with its thick cover of grass is surrounded by the Satpura range. The Tiger reserve has a mix of dense forest of Sal trees, bamboos, to mixed trees to dense cover of grass land. The highest motor able road of the Reserve is 873m. From here one can get an amazing view of the Park. The Horse shoe shaped park stand at a height ranging between 450mts. to a height of 900mts.The Tiger Reserve was a hunting ground of the erstwhile princely state of Central India, as is the case with most of the Tiger Reserves of India. Kanha was a very popular hunting ground during the British Raj, especially from 1879 to 1910. In the year of 1933 Kanha was established as a sanctuary and later in the year 1955 the Indian Government declared kanha as a National Park. Finally in 1973-74 Kanha was made a Tiger Reserve.
Jabalpur is the nearest airport, it is 165kms. Form the Reserve and takes about 4hrs to get there.
Nearest railhead is Jabalpur.
The Reserve is reached via NH31.
Best time to visit Kanha National Park:
March is the best timeMarch is the best time to see animals in the parks as the grass cover is low and water bodies less. The Reserve is however open from the 1st of October to the 30th of June every year.
Wildlife in Kanha Tiger Reserve:
About 30 mammal species, including Tiger, Leopard and Jungle cats, Gaur, Wild Dog, Jackals, Barahsingha, Sloth Bear and the rare flying squirrel. There are more than 300 types of Birds both migratory and the residents. Some of these are the Red Jungle Fowl, Common Peacocks, the Indian Roller, the Indian Grey Hornbill, the Mallabar pied hornbill, the Crested Serpent Eagle. Many Amphibians too are found here, the Indian Rock Python, Common Krait, Cat snake, Green vine Snake, Monitor Lizard, Common Indian Toad, the Malabar fungoid frog, the Indian Bullfrog.