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KANHA NATIONAL PARK
Distance from Nagpur: 250 Km
Nearest airport: Jabalpur
Nearest railway station: Jabalpur

Kanha National Park is one of the biggest park in Madhya Pradesh, India.’Kanha National Park’ is a national park and a Tiger Reserve in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. In the 1930s, Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km² .Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km² in the two districtsMandla and Balaghat. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km² and the neighboring 110 km² Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve.[1] This makes it the largest National Park in Central India.

The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book ”

Flora
Kanha National Park is home to over 1000 species of flowering plants. [2] The lowland forest is a mixture of sal (Shorearobusta) and other mixed forest trees, interspersed with meadows. The highland forests are tropical moist dry deciduous type and of a completely different nature with bamboo on slopes (Dendrocalamusstrictus). A very good looking Indian ghost tree (kullu) can also be seen in the dense forest.
Fauna
K, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals.

Among the deer species Swamp Deer or Hard Ground Barasingha is pride of the place as it is the only sub species of swamp deer in India (Cervusduavcellibranderi). The animal is adapted to hard ground unlike swamp deer of the North which live in marshy swamps. Kanha National Park has been instrumental in rescuing the “Swamp Deer” from extinction. Indian Gaur (Bosguarus), belonging to the ox genus, is found in Kanha but seen mostly as winter ends. In summer gaur inhabit meadows and water holes in the park.