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Tourist Places To Visit In Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park in MP has among the largest density of tiger population in the country. Besides the tiger there are several other wild animals that make Kanha an attractive tourist spot irrespective of whether you are a nature lover, photographer or just a tourist interested in seeing new places. But, besides the National Park there are several other tourist places to visit around Kanha National Park. This is because Kanha in particular and MP in general have numerous places for sightseeing. These places will now be discussed.
Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park is located in MP and is a haven for some 60 tigers and a fair number of leopards besides the swamp deer, Indian wild dogs as well as the Indian bison, wild boar, sloth bear and barasinga. There are different species of birds in Kanha too such as the Indian roller, the plum-headed parakeet as well as the yellow wattled lapwing. You can see the park by taking a jeep safari which will take you in the tourist zone demarcated within the 940 sq. km area. The tiger reserve is formed by joining the two areas of Kanha and Pench. The forest is thick with bamboo groves and sal trees. There are grassy patches as well as a gorge within the Park. Together these make Kanha one of the most stunning forests in India. You can book your safari tickets online. The safari is open between 01 October and 30 June but closed on every Wednesday evening.
A visit to the Kanha Museum is most enjoyable, more so since it is set in the middle of some amazing varieties of flora and fauna of the National Park. In the museum you will see the very impressive art of the people of MP such as the gond and bheel tribes. This art is stunning and very rare and this makes its viewing in the museum so important. The appreciation received from visitors is very critical encouragement for the artisans. The work created by the indigenous people of MP deals with subjects such as artefacts of bamboo, totem poles and sculptures in terracotta and wood as well as murals and all these are on display in the museum. One thing is for sure. Your visit to the museum will leave a deep impression on you.
Mandla, just 35 km away from Kanha National Park, is among the best tourist destinations in the proximity of Kanha. Mandla is well known for its sacred temples and some striking and tall forts. Here you will get some stunning views of Rapta Ghat and Rangrez Ghat including the beautiful Narmada River as well as its tributaries among which Mandla is situated. Some of the outstanding places to visit in Mandla include ancient ruins, Vishnu Temple and the Plant Fossils National Park which is about 18 km away from Mandla City. When in Mandla one must see the Moti Mahal as well.
Kawardha Palace, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, is only 91 km from Kanha National Park. This palace, made in Italian marble, is located in a lush green area covering 11 acres. If possible one must stay in this palace, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, which is filled with all luxuries that one may seek. This includes a library cum bar that comes alive in the evening. The Kawardha Palace is understood to have been both designed and built under Dharamraj Singh who was the Maharaja of the area. The construction took place between 1936 and 1939. Today it is among the topmost tourist attractions in the region.
Amarkantak, which is 159 km away from Kanha National Park, is well known for its Dudh Dhara waterfalls beside Pataleshwar Mahadev Temple, dating back to the era of the Kalachuris, and Narmada Udgam Temple. You must see closely the architecture of these temples so that you can absorb the spirituality that is the essence of the area.
The National Park at Kanha is a mesmerising forest rich in both flora and fauna. Here the visitor will find diverse species of wild animals and birds, reptiles and plants as well as hundreds of very beautiful and rare flowers. The elephant safari is ideal for a comfortable excursion into this amazing land. Observing the raw beauty of the park from top of an elephant will be an unforgettable experience shared by all members of your family and friends. You must appreciate that an elephant can reach where the jeep cannot.
Explore the National Park in the night time to really appreciate the beauty of the park and its denizens. A night safari is organized in the buffer zone in Khatia. It is imperative that experienced guides accompany you. A night safari is like no other safari since it is only at night time that the nocturnal creatures are out either foraging for food or stalking prey. It is seen that children enjoy the night safari the most. By all means take your children for this amazing experience. Book the safari well in time to avoid disappointment.
If you have not yet seen Jabalpur properly, this is the best time to do it. Jabalpur is 164 km away from the Park and it is a city like no other in India or elsewhere. Here you will get to see the natural attractions of the Dhuandhar Falls and go boating in the Narmada River at Bhedaghat. Admire the falls from the overhead trolley car and make sure you see the charming Madan Mahal Fort. Go for a nature walk in Dumna and be mystified when you attend the aarati in the evening at the ghat on the river.