The Kanha National Park is spread over an area of about 1,945 sq. km in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India and is surrounded by hills formed as a result of geographically ancient volcanic activity. The Kanha National Park which was created in 1955 by a special law is always compared to the N’Gorongoro National Park of Tanzania in Africa. Apart from the wildlife this sanctuary is also noted for its serene beauty and landscape. It also takes the pride of one of the earliest protected areas selected for “Project Tiger” in the country. The Kanha National Park which draws a major tourist crowd is also a good source of revenue for the state for the sanctuary is very much towards the preservation of variety of animal species.
HISTORY : The central Kanha valley was declared a sanctuary way back in 1933. The adoption of this sanctuary into a national park took place in 1955, after much turbulence and storm regarding rampant killing of wildlife in the area at the time. One of the famous success stories of the park is the survival of the Barasingha population in the park, which went down to as low as 66 animals in 1970 from the earlier 3000 and which through huge efforts has now revived to a respectable number of around 1000. With the help of Project Tiger, the population of tigers has doubled since 1976.
ORIENTATION : The Kanha National park is situated in the Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh.