Kanha National Park, India
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Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is a large park in south central India, about a 2-3 hour drive from Jabalpur. The park is a good mixture of tall dark sal tree forests and open fields, many of the latter the relicts of previous attempts to farm the land. But now the site is dedicated toward conservation and ecotourism. Like most India parks you will need a guide and permit to enter the park. Although somewhat restricting in terms of movement and the time you can spend in the park, the guides are amazing at locating tigers and know many of the animals individually and their habits.
Most people come to Kanha as well as other India parks to see tigers. That’s understandable as seeing a tiger in the wild is one of life’s great moments. But there’s so much more to Kanha than just tigers. The park supports several types of deer from the large majestic sambar and the rare barasingha to the ubiqutious cheethal (spotted deer) to the elusive and shy muntjac or barking deer. One could spend an entire day watching and filming the antics of the langur monkeys. And the peacocks are about as photogenic as a animal can get. Kanha National Park is truly a wildlife paradise.
Kanha National Park Stock Footage
Kanha National Park is supposedly the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. One not be there long and its obvious why. The site is rich in biological diversity. There is no end of things to see and film from the lordly tiger to the majestic sambar deer to the glorious peacock tothe playful langur monkeys. However, that is not to say that filming wildlife at the park is easy. The biggest challenge is that you are generally restricted to your vehicle meaning that a ground-based tripod is a challenge to use. You could try to set the tripod up on the ground while you operate it from inside the vehicle, or you use a bean bag-tripod head mount or one could remove some seats from the jeep and set your tripod up in the back. The latter methods of course make the use of long lens difficult because of camera shake. Work closely with your guide to find out in advance what situation will work best for you.