Kanha National Park
Kanha Tiger Reserve Tiger Kanha National Park
Tiger in Kanha Map showing the location of Kanha Tiger Reserve Map showing the location of Kanha Tiger Reserve
Location Madhya Pradesh,
India Nearest city Mandla Area 940 km2 (360 sq. mi)
Visitors 1,000 (in 1989)
Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, state in the heart of India.
The present-day Kanha area is divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km2 respectively. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and in 1973 was made the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km2 in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat.
Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km2 and the neighbouring 110 km2 Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
This makes it the largest National Park in Central India. Kanha Tiger Reserve was ranked among the top 10 Famous Places for Tourists.
The park has a significant population of the Royal Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasinga and Indian wild dog. The forest depicted in the famous novel by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book is based on jungles including this reserve. It is also the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, "Bhoorsingh the Barasingha".
Kanha is situated in both the districts, it is around 30 km far from Mandla and 80 km far from Balaghat.