Spread over an area of 200 sq km, Kanger Valley National Park derives its name from the Kanger river, which flows throughout its length. Kanger Valley attained the status of a National Park in 1982. Get ready to be enchanted by rugged mountain views, deep gorges, huge trees and seasonal wildflowers. Together they make the perfect environment for varied species of wildlife.
Kanger Valley National Park is a distinguished blend of a mixed moist deciduous type of forests. These forests have a predominance of sal, teak and bamboo. It is the only region in peninsular India with pockets of virgin forests. The most popular species that mesmerizes all with its human voice is the Bastar Myna. The state bird, the Bastar Myna, is a type of Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa). It is an accomplished mimic, adept at imitating the human voice. The forest is home to both migratory and resident birds.
Besides wildlife and plants, this national park is home to three exceptional caves—Kotumsar, Kailash and Dandak—famous for the astounding geological formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The national park is well-known for the presence of subterranean limestone caves with dripstones and flowstones. The formation of stalactites and stalagmites are still growing. The caves in the national park provide shelter for various species of wildlife. Sandbanks are seen at Bhainsadarha located on the eastern portion of the national park where mugger crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris) use it for basking purposes.
The stunning Tirathgarh waterfalls is located in Kanger Valley National Park, as are the popular tourist spots of Kanger Dhara and Bhainsadarha (a crocodile park). One can stay in the rest houses run by the forest department or at a tribal village, nearby. Gypsy Safari is available for tourists to explore the natural beauty of the park.