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Kanger Valley National Park/India

Introducing Kanger Valley National Park

The 200-sq-km park (07782-227596; Indian/foreigner Rs 25/200, camera/video Rs 25/200, vehicle entry Rs 50; 8am-4pm 1 Nov-30 Jun), some 40km southwest of Jagdalpur, consists of ancient forest flanking the Kanger River.

Some 4km from the park entrance are Tirathgarh Falls, where water drops 100m through three sets of cascades. Open all year, they’re best visited after the monsoon. Three caves (compulsory guide Rs 25, lights hire Rs 25; 8am-3pm 1 Nov-30 Jun) with stunning, pristine formations can also be visited.

Wildlife includes deer, boars, sloths and leopards. Small lake Bhaimsa Darha is the habitat of turtles and crocodiles.