Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh

No of National Parks 9
No of Tiger Reserve 6
No of Wildlife Sanctuaries 25
Forest Area 95,221 Sq. kms
Protected Forest Area 10,862 Sq.kms

Madhya Pradesh is the heritage heartland of India. The Central province of India, Madhya Pradesh is blessed by nature, encountered by wild animals, stepped in history and alive by wildlife. For those who live it up to the edge and go beyond the ordinary to explore the best of the jungles, holidays in Madhya Pradesh is a treat for them. From deer to wild boar to tigers, Madhya Pradesh is a world of the wild animals. A trip to the wilderness of Madhya Pradesh is a life changing experience.

Madhya Pradesh, the land of diversity is one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in India. For avid nature lovers, there are 9 National Parks, 6 Tiger Reserves and 25 Wildlife Sanctuaries to quench the adventure thirst. The heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a kaleidoscope of nature. Plan a jungle tour to Madhya Pradesh to catch the true spirit of the Indian jungle.

National Parks in Madhya Pradesh 

Name Area Place
Kanha National Park 940 km2 Mandla
Bandhavgarh National Park 437 km2 Umaria
Madhav National Park 354 km2 Shivpuri
Sanjay National Park 467 km2 Sidhi
Van Vihar National Park 4.45 km2 Bhopal
Panna National Park 543 km2 Panna,Chhatarpur
Satpura National Park 524 km2 Pachmarhi
Pench National Park 293 km2 Seoni,Chhindwara
Mandla Plant Fossils National Park 0.27 km2 Mandla

Madhya Pradesh is one of those promising states in India where the chances of spotting a tiger are tremendous. Whether it’s Bandhavgarh or Kanha or Pench, each and every national park is far from the civilization and has a rustic charm of its own. Remarkable flora and fauna of these nine National Parks is matched by scenic landscapes along with the incredible diversity. Some of the national parks, including Bandhavgarh were once the hunting ground of the Royals.

Who can forget the famous classic novel, the jungle book? Yes, the adventures of the little boy, Mowgli with Sher Khan and Bagheera. The inspiration that lead Rudyard Kipling write Jungle Book

was the charm of the Kanha and Pench National Park. Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh has the highest density of tiger population in India, spotting a tiger here won’t be difficult.

Wildlife safari in these charismatic National Parks is worth every penny. Popular national parks in Madhya Pradesh have a facility of the wildlife safari that is possible through jeep, canter, and elephant. Even a short trek to these amazing wild wonderlands is possible. Come to Madhya Pradesh for peace, calm and serene air.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh

There is no better way to introduce one to wildlife and to share its incredible beauty than to go for safari to the wildlife haunts of the Madhya Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh have lured millions of nature and wildlife lovers from across the world. To observe the rich wildlife culture of Madhya Pradesh, there are 35 wildlife sanctuaries to explore. All these wildlife sanctuaries are ideal places to witness the imposing beauty of the forest and the wilderness of the national park.

Name Area Place
Bori Wildlife Sanctuary 518.00 km2 (200.00 sq mi) Hoshangabad
Bagdara Sanctuary 478.90 km2 (184.90 sq mi) Sidhi
Phen Sanctuary 110.74 km2 (42.76 sq mi) Mandla
Ghatigaon Sanctuary 512.00 km2 (197.68 sq mi) Gwalior
Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary 368.62 km2 (142.32 sq mi) Mandsaur
Karera Sanctuary 202.21 km2 (78.07 sq mi) Shivpuri
Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary 45.00 km2 (17.37 sq mi) Chhatarpur, Panna
Kheoni Sanctuary 122.70 km2 (47.37 sq mi) Dewas, Sehore
Narsingharh Sanctuary 57.19 km2 (22.08 sq mi) Rajgarh
National Chambal Sanctuary 320.00 km2 (123.55 sq mi)  Morena
Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary 1,194.67 km2(461.26 sq mi) Sagar
Pachmarhi Sanctuary 461.85 km2 (178.32 sq mi) Hoshangabad
Panpatha Sanctuary 245.84 km2 (94.92 sq mi) Shahdol
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary 345.00 km2 (133.21 sq mi) Morena
Ratapani Sanctuary  823.84 km2 (318.09 sq mi) Raisen
Sanjay-Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary  364.69 km2 (140.81 sq mi) Sidhi
Singhori Sanctuary  287.91 km2 (111.16 sq mi) Raisen
Son Ghariyal Sanctuary 41.80 km2 (16.14 sq mi) Sidhi
Sardarpur Sanctuary 348.12 km2 (134.41 sq mi) Dhar
Sailana Sanctuary 12.96 km2 (5.00 sq mi) Ratlam
Ralamandal Sanctuary   Indore
Orchha Sanctuary   Tikamgarh
Gangau Sanctuary    
Veerangna Durgawati Sanctuary   Damoh

Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh alias the tiger state is undoubtedly the best places to spot tigers. Yes, it right. Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers in India. Entirely there are six tiger reserves in India. In fact, two of its tiger reserves are known to spot the wild cat- Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park. In all these reserves, the tigers can be seen meandering around freely. Other than tigers, here one can see deer, leopards, etc. In all these tiger reserves, the animals are preserved under the conservation initiative, Project Tiger.

Name Place
Kanha Tiger Reserve Mandla,  Balaghat
Pench Tiger Reserve Seoni, Chhindwara
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve  Umaria
Panna Tiger Reserve Panna
Satpura Tiger Reserve Hoshangabad
Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve Sidhi District, Singrauli

Fossil Reserves in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh has everything that a nature lover can ask for in their desirable destination. There are national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves and fossil parks as well. The fossil park that has spread over the Mandla district has fossils that are as old as 40-150 million years old. Sprawling over an area of 274,100 square metres, here one can see the petrified trunks of ancient trees and rocks. Plant, leaf, shell and fruit seed fossil that are seen here as old as 65 million years. All these fossils look ordinary in the form of rock. Palm fossil is the attraction of the park. Fossils of the park have been overlooked and damaged by the tourist and agriculturist.

Madhya Pradesh offers some of the best India’s jungle and amazing wildlife spotting opportunities. Plan a wildlife tour in Madhya Pradesh and discovers how harmonic and intricate nature can be. Madhya Pradesh is unique. It’s a paradise.

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Adventure Tourism in Madhya Pradesh

What do tourists look for in their adventure holiday? Do they prefer nature walks, exploring monuments or indulge in a bumpy jeep safari ride? Then the terrains of the Madhya Pradesh can serve as a wondrous gateway for the adventure lovers to pump up their adrenaline rush. Perhaps Madhya Pradesh is one of those places in India where you can spot a tiger, a half arm distance away. Offbeat activities like river rafting, zip-lining, jumping, sliding, there is something for everyone here.

Many people visit Madhya Pradesh solely for heritage and culture the city possesses. Madhya Pradesh has always been a state of rebels and risk-takers. For those, who like if their trip thrills then they should pack their bags and get set ready for an expedition to Madhya Pradesh. The diverse landscapes offer millions offers adrenalin junkies eager to engage in land and water sports. From the epic to the local, or even the lakes, the adventure tourism attractions in Madhya Pradesh will encourage one to dream, plan and set off on their own adventure. Mentioned below are some adventure ideas that tourists can enjoy a trip to Madhya Pradesh.

Trekking: Trekking in Madhya Pradesh is all about exploring new archaeological sites, jumping on the craggy pathways, making a way between the hills and, of course, to gain spirituality quotient. The heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is bestowed with a myriad of landscapes and historical architectures that lures tourists from across the world to visit here. Each and every trek of the state has something exciting to offer. Best treks in Madhya Pradesh are Kanha Trek, Pachmarhi Trek and Amarkantak Trek. The Kanha trek will take tourist one step closer towards the jungle and a chance to spot the tiger are high. Pachmarhi trek is a must visit expedition as it unravels the marvels of nature.

Whether the tourist is an avid trekker or a first-time visitor, trails in Madhya Pradesh offers amazing trekking experience. If a photography enthusiast, then these trails will give ample number of opportunities to click the best shots.

Go on a trekking trip to Madhya Pradesh, embrace the beauty of the gorgeous Madhya Pradesh at its best and experience the deeply rooted traditions the state holds on to. Trekking in Madhya Pradesh is a pleasure for every tourist that can’t be easily described in words.

Best Places to do Trekking:

Best Time to do Trekking: November to December & January to March

River Rafting:Itching for some action? Go for river rafting in Madhya Pradesh. Rafting through the wild waters of Madhya Pradesh is an experience of the lifetime. In Madhya Pradesh, the river rafting can be best experienced on the gushing rapids of Betwa River. The flow of the river will take tourists to the weirdest, wildest and wackiest area of the Madhya Pradesh, some of the best places in the state to spot rich flora and fauna.

Rafters encounter the best of Betwa River in all its glory. The 3 hours river rafting expedition will take one to the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, further downstream to the KanchanGhat. Monsoon is the best time to raft in Madhya Pradesh. Rapids here range from Grade 1 to 2. When not riding the rapids, tourists will see gigantic architectures and statues that are positioned on the edges of the Betwa River. Now, don’t wait further and go with the flow. It’s simple and relaxing and the waves are good.


Best Places to do Rafting:

Best Time to Do River Rafting: June to August (Monsoon)

Mountain Climbing: Rock climbing is one of those expeditions that is gaining momentum in Madhya Pradesh. The sedimentary nature of Lanjee Giri in Panchmarhi serves as the perfect place for the climbers to undertake the best of the expedition. Panchmarhi is breathtaking and climbing in such topography is something that every tourist shouldn’t miss out. Here, the rock formation is unique and thus who are new to the expedition can also experience the whole lot of new world. Make way to Madhya Pradesh to experience a trip that is nice, lively and memorable.

Best Time to Do Mountain Climbing: November to December & January to April

Parasailing:Want to fly free in the sky? Well, the best one can do is strap into safety gear, adorn a hamlet and run fast towards the jeep to gain the momentum. Parasailing as fun as its sound, it’s safe as well. It makes the rider feeling of a bird, its free-falling. Parasailing in Madhya Pradesh fills every heart with thrill, vigour and excitement. It is perhaps the most enduring activity that can be best experienced in Madhya Pradesh, Just imagine, flying like a bird over the historical monuments, waterfalls and lush green scenery around. The sport will let one explore a different side of the Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Do Parasailing: October to December and January to April are the best time to try Parasailing.

Mountaineering: In Madhya Pradesh, it’s easy for the travellers to get mesmerised by its beauty. Here, they can find patchy roads, hills, Loafty Mountains, towering peaks, which ultimately makes it the favourite destination for the mountaineers and climbers. Mountaineering in the Maikal region of the Madhya Pradesh is fun in its way as there are no proper roads, no vegetation and dense jungle till the end. Even the immature climbers can indulge in the mountaineering here. Summer and winter is an ideal time to go for mountaineering in Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Do Mountaineering: January to May & October to December

Hanuwantiya Island


Backwater of Indira Sagar Dam forms a huge lake having enormous potential for tourism development. Hanumantiya is developed to exploit the backwater of this dam for tourism development in this region. Realizing this fact, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department took initiative to develop the site and avail accommodation for tourists. It offers accommodation, restaurant and boating, cruise ride facility on backwater. For accommodation, hotels and resort are available at Hanumantiya (Hanuwantiya) and near Mundi. Surrounding area of dam is also good for nature tourism which includes birdwatching, mammals sighting.

Exploring the multihued allures of Madhya Pradesh is a fascinating experience. So, take a trip to Madhya Pradesh and enjoy the trip with a difference.




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