Kipling’s Country, home to the rare Hard Ground Barasingha and foliage that booms with Sal Trees, Kanha National Park is a wildlife lovers’ nirvana. With sharp alarm calls by the Chital and bounding herds of Spotted Deer, the Tiger could be anywhere. Endless expanse of grasslands camouflage the yellow and black stripes very well!
Located between the Banjar and Halon river, Kanha is spread over an area of approximately 1949 km2 (940 km2 core zone and 1009 km2 buffer zone). Reaching this glorious park is no rocket science either. Hop onto a train, flight or even a car. The park is well connected to cities in and around Madhya Pradesh, the heart of Incredible India. The park has 4 tourism zones, Kanha, Mukki, Kisli and Sarhi. Each zone has a different look and feel to it, yet all of them are tied together with one thing, limitless wilderness. It is no secret that Kanha is one of the most splendid national parks to be in. But little do people know, Kanha’s Tigers have stories of their own. They’re mind boggling and leave you wanting to hear more. Munna, Umarpaani, Kingfisher, Bhima, Link 7, and countless more, Kanha has been the birth place of the most epic Tigers the World has seen. Other mammals that stroll the Kanha meadows are: Leopard, Barking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Langoor and plenty more.
Birding in Kanha is no different. As Victor Hugo puts it “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” With almost 300 species of avifauna, the most common chirps heard amidst the meadows of Kanha are: Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo. Racket Tailed Drongo, Twany Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Francolin, Painted Francolin, Black Naped Flycatcher, Common Iora, Eurasian Blackbird, Gold Mantled Chloropsis, Jerdon’s Leaf Bird, Golden Oriole, Black Hooded Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Verditor Flycatcher, Twany Fish Owl, Barred Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Scops Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Common Kestrel, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Pariah Kite, White Eyed Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Indian Pitta.
Sightings obviously depend on the month you visit the park in. Thus for best results, the best time for birding in Kanha is November to May. Not all birds are spotted each time you take a safari, for not all of them fly around at the same time. Always remember that you’re visiting a Jungle, not a zoo. They’re free to roam about at home.
Travel with us and enjoy Kanha for what it has to offer during your stay. Consider yourself lucky to witness one of the most exquisite and stunning jungles in the world, and make the most of it. Take it all in with a breath of fresh forest air. You won’t regret it.