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Kanha National Park: 940 sq. km.
Kanha National Park is one of the largest national parks and tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, India. Totaling 940 sq. km., the park is located in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Kanha National Park consists of:
Combined, this makes Kanha the largest national park in Central India.
Flora: Kanha National Park is home to over 1,000 species of flowering plants spread across its highland and lowland forests and meadows. The highland forests are of a tropical, moist dry deciduous type and boast unique bamboo species on its slopes (Dendrocalamus strictus) as well as an Indian ghost tree (kullu) in the dense parts of the forests.
Kanha Tiger Reserve abounds in meadows or maidans, essentially open grasslands that have sprung up in fields of abandoned villages evacuated to make way for grazing animals. Aquatic plants in numerous lakes attract many migratory and wetland species of birds.
Fauna: Species of leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals make the Kanha their home. The swamp deer or hard ground barasingha is the only sub species of swamp deer in India (Cervus duavcelli branderi), although it is not the only species of deer found here. The deer has adapted to hard ground, unlike the swamp deer of the north, which live in marshy swamps, hence their name. Kanha National Park has been instrumental in rescuing the swamp deer from extinction. Indian Gaur (bos guarus), a species of ox, is found in Kanha but seen mostly as winter ends. In summer, the gaur frequent meadows and water holes in the park.
Tigers of Kanha:
One of the dominant male tigers of Kanha National Park is a tiger named Munna. Munna is famous for his impressive size.
Transport & facilities:
Jabalpur is closest to the Kanha National Park. Nagpur’s airport is 175 km away, and Raipur’s airport is 219 km away. Mandla is 70 km away.