Kanha National Park, renowned as one of India's premiere Tiger Reserves,
a favoured Central Indian jungle destination for wildlife photographers,
conservationists and avid enthusiasts.
The park's majestic Sal & Bamboo jungles, its undulating plateaus and
maidans, all sprawl like crushed velvet over a core area of 945sq. kms
ancient Maikal Hills.
The surrounding Buffer Zone currently stands at 1005 sq km.
These vibrant jungles can simply take one's breath away with their shear
and have lured intrepid and now discerning travelers, repeatedly, for
than a century.
All came in rapturous anticipation of exhilarating meetings with the
diversity of wildlife found here - and most were invariably rewarded.
Luckily those who visit Kanha today leave with nothing but the gnawing
return again, and again. Some never leave.
Kanha's vastness is
into 3 tourist zones, namely Kanha/Kisli (Western Gate), Mukki (Southern
Sarhi(North-eastern Gate)(check spelling), with approx. 900 plus kilometers
drivable tracks. Wildlife species, which include Tiger, Leopard, Barasingha,
Sloth Bear, Gaur (Indian Bison), Samba, Chital (Spotted Deer - Axis Axix),
Deer, Chausingha (Four-Horn), Nilgai (Blue Bull), Jackal, Indian Fox, Ruddy
Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Indian Civet Cat, Toddy Cat, Hanuman
Macaque, Indian Flying Bats and numerous other bat species, Black napped
lesser mammals, rodents and reptiles are distributed well throughout all the
however, when cubs are born the activity in any particular blessed area is
heightened. Avian life is abundant and equally thrilling, with Crested
Eagles, Paradise Flt-catchers, Racket Tailed Drongos, Scarlet Minivet,
Owl and the Brown headed Barbet - synonymous to the calls of Kanha's Sal
being amongst the 297species that grace these skies.
Almost 50 % of the reserve lies in the non-tourist zone of Supkhar. This
has a main arterial road running through it from Gaddi to Chilpi. The
open to traffic from dawn to dusk, sadly, but still there have been
sightings of Tiger, Leopard, Barasinghar, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Dhole,
avian species regularly on this road. A drive along there on a Wednesday
afternoon could easily be an option for guests wanting to maximise their
opportunities of sightings. Getting down from the vehicle, however, is
permitted on this road.
The magnificent thatched roofed Forest Bungalow at Supkhar was built for
Linlithego, a former Vicroy of India, from where many a 'Shikkar' (Hunt)
organised for the British Raj aristocracy and Indian Princes. Local
Baiga & Gond
'beaters' were employed to ensure Tigers and other prey were 'bagged',
the journey and shikkar a success.