Amidst the subtropical climate in the central state of India, Madhya Pradesh is widely popular for its wildlife safari, which is one major tourist attraction here. Far away from the civilization, each and every national park in Madhya Pradesh has its own rustic charm which is rarest of all locations of wildlife safaris. As Madhya Pradesh is known for homing tigers in state, there are tremendous chances of spotting tigers in the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in here. The remarkable flora and fauna matched beautifully by its scenic landscapes with the incredible diversity.
List of national parks in Madhya Pradesh
Kanha National Park:
Located at the “heart of India” in Madhya Pradesh, the beautiful Kanha National Park was an inspiration of the Rudyard Kipling’s unforgettable classic jungle book. The craze and romance of Kanha National Park has become even more beautiful. The picturesque beauty, located at Malda district of MP, Kanha National Park extends over an area of over 1,940 sq. km. One could easily reach Kanha National Park from its nearest airport and railway station of Jabalpur. Kanha represents one rare found animal species i.e. swamped deer, also known as Barasinghas, and homes to other varied categories of animal and bird species.
As the climate of this region is tropical, the best time to visit Kanha National Park is anytime from November to June. It remains closed during the monsoon from July to mid-October.
Bandhavgarh National Park:
Situated at the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh in the Vindhya Hills, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular national parks in MP. It spreads across the area of over 105 sq. km., and is being famed to grip the high density of tiger population in India. The Bandhavgarh national park is divided into three major zones, Tala, Magda and Bamera which offers varied sighting opportunities of different animal and birds’ species. The park has large number of tourist attraction from across the world for sighting the rare animal species like sloath bear, leopard etc.
The nearest airport to reach park is Khajuraho, and the nearest railway station is of Umaria, from where Bandhavgarh national park is just about 40 minutes’ drive. As the park remains closed during monsoon, the best time to visit is from February to June.
Van Vihar National Park:
The Van Vihar National Park is the most beloved tourist attraction in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh. The park homes varied rare animal species, 60 species of butterfly, 207 species of birds and several other species of Tortoise and many more. The Van Vihar National Park received the recognition of a National Park in 1983 and spread over an area of 455.21 hectares of land. The Van Vihar National Park runs with guidelines and instructions of Central Zoo Authority for the proper care of the animals. Most of the carnivores’ animals are enclosed in cages in the park on the safety purposes for daily commuters and tourists.
One could easily reach Van Vihar National Park through its nearest Bairagarh railway station, which is near to Shymala Hills in Bhopal. The entry fee is very nominal. The visiting hours of park are 7.00 a.m to 7 P.M and the best time to visit the park is from July to September.
Satpura National Park:
If you want yourself to be in beautiful terrains and enjoy the “wildlife voyage”, amid deep gorges and rivulets, away from the crowded wildlife sanctuaries then Satpura National Park is the right place for you. It has got nurtured in Satpura Ranges of Honshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh, and covers an area of over 524 sq. km. with scenic beauty. What makes it different from other wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in MP are that here one can do jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari and boat safari.
One could easily reach by flight to its nearest airport of Bhopal and then take drive of few kilometers to reach Satpura National Park in Hoshangabad district. The best time to visit this place is from February to June.
Panna National Park:
Situated at a distance of around 57 km. from Khajuraho in the central Indian state, Panna National Park is famous for the sighting of its remarkable flora and fauna. This park is worldwide known for its wild cats and avifauna. The picturesque view of park is a candid to watch with varied kinds of wildlife attractions which include different types of animal species and bird species. The major attraction of Panna National Park is that the park offers various kinds of safaris for tourists, which include an hour long boat safari to see water predators and other animals around the lake, elephant safari and night safari at Gangau in Ken River Lodge.
The nearest airport is Khajuraho to reach Panna National Park and the nearest bus stand is Panna, which is connected to Khajuraho. The best time to visit Panna National Park is of Feb to June.
Madhav National Park:
Amid the Vindhyan hills, Madhav National Park is situated on the northern fringe of Central Highlands of India. Madhav National Park is the riveting mix of architectural wonders and natural splendors of history. It spreads across the area of over 355 sq. km. Madhav National Park is one unique park which has beautiful lakes and the fascinating view of natural forests. The Sakshya and Madhav Sagar lakes are the names of two lakes in park. This park embraces northern dry tropical deciduous mixed forests as well as dry thorn forests and homes to antelopes like Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha, which is rare to find. It is one oldest national park of India which received its recognition in 1958.
The nearest airport to reach park is of Gwalior, from where Madhav National Park is at 130km. distance. The nearest railhead to Amarkantak is Pendra Road at a distance of 17 km. which could be made by taxi. The best time to visit is November and May.
Sanjay National Park:
Sanjay National Park is another wildlife paradise place where one could enjoy the scenic beauty of place amid mounds hills, steep cliffs, water bodies, valleys and different species. Sanjay National Park is located in Kusumi and Majhauli blocks of the Sindhi district of Madhya Pradesh. The entire park covers an area of about 466.7 sq. km. which also connects Dubri, the wildlife sanctuary with 370 sq. km. Sanjay National Park is a fascinating place of central indian state, Madhya Pradesh where a great deal of tourists everyday visit and enjoy.
One could easily reach Sanjay National Park through railways or bus to the Sindhi district, which is just about 70km. far from the park. Nearest airport of Amarkantak to reach park. The best time to visit is November and May.
Fossil National Park:
Ghunghua Fossil National Park is one unique wildlife paradise which embraces the priceless treasure of plant fossils that have been dated 65 million years old. The Ghunghwa National Park lies in the route to Bhandhavgarh and Kanha National Park in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh. Many tourists visit this park while travelling to Bhandhavgarh and Kanha National Park as a small halt and its’ unbelievably a worth to visit place. Different kinds of fossils are showcased in open platforms with informative notes for acknowledgement of tourists in park.
The entry fee of the fossil national is very nominal. The best time to visit Ghunghwa National Park is from October to May.
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary:
Kuno Wildlife Sactuary is situated at Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh, which is at 140 km. Distance from Gwalior. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary has tourist attraction for many wild animals including Asiatic Lions, wolves, nilgai, monkeys etc. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the beautiful isolated hills beside the Kuno River, where scenic beauty of sanctuary looks amazing. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary embrace dry deciduous forests interspersed with grasslands
The nearest bus stand to reach Sanctuary is Sesaipura bust stand on Shivpuri-Sheopur road then can be easily approached by taxi or bus. The best time to visit this place November to May.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Ralamnadal Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place to see a wide variety of flora and fauna in and around the city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh. It is spread across an area of 5 sq. km. This place offers the fascinating views on the road safari to watch fauna and flora species such as leopard, Sambhar, blue bull while in flora- eucalyptus and babul bamboo. Its scenic beauty spell bound travellers with its uncanny charm and no one could even think of haunting animals here.
The best time to visit this place is from October to May. The visiting hours of the place is from 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M all days a week.
Bori Wildlife Sanctuary:
Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is one beautiful destination for wildlife enthusiast where they could enjoy at the fullest. This is an ideal place for wildlife-lovers who equally enjoy being surrounded by the nature. This place offers the picturesque beauty of its fascinating deep valleys, narrow gorges, cascading waterfalls and rich vegetation of the region. Bori Satpura Park has one of the largest wildlife densities in the world.
Tourists can travel to Bhopal which is the nearest airport to Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, and can also reach to Piparia or Itarsi by train to visit this ideal wildlife destination.
Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 688 sq. km. and is beautiful wildlife and bird watching getaway on the outskirts of Bhopal. This place is a home to wide ranging wildlife species that includes hyenas, jackals, Indian fox, leopard etc. Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to over 150+ species. This place also holds some amazing large bodies of water, attracting an immense influx of water birds from all over Asia and Himalyas.
The nearest airport is Bhopal to Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary and nearest railway station is of Itarsi.
Pench Wildlife Sanctuary:
Pench National Park lies in the Seoni and Chindwara district, on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh. The Pench National Park is located near the Pench River, which meanders from north to south. It spreads across the area of over 758 sq. km. It has over 1200 species of plants and supports a mosaic of vegetation in the region. Pench Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most known tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, and has highest density of herbivores animals in India.
The Pench Wildlife Sanctuary can be accessed through the nearest airport and railway station-Nagpur. The best time to visit is from Feb to May.
Panchmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary:
Panchmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the premieres in Indian Biosphere Reserves. Panchmarhi was reckoned as biosphere reserve by the central govt. due to its diverse and rich flora & fauna, unique topography and geographic situation and inhabitation of large tribal population in Madhya Pradesh. Panchmarhi is home to numerous species of flora, and is a natural junction of two most important fauna species i.e. Teak and Sal.
The entire forest is divided into three major types like moist deciduous forest, dry deciduous and the sub-tropical hill forest. Best time to visit Panchmarhi is from October to April.
Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary:
This wildlife sanctuary is open throughout the year. Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary offers plentiful of opportunities of sighting a variety of flora and fauna. Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary also has some ancient temples which are worth to visit. This place also has some various kinds of religious and archaeological significances.
The nearest airport and railway station is Amarkantak, from where one could reach the place through taxis.
All National Parks in Madhya Pradesh
Bandhavgarh National Park
Fossil National Park
Kanha National Park
Madhav National Park
Panna National Park
Pench (Priyadarshini) National Park
Sanjay National Park
Satpura National Park
Van Vihar National Park
Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary
Bori Wildlife Sanctuary
Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary
Karera Wildlife Sanctuary
Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary
Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary
Narsighgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary
Noradehi Wildlife Sanctuary
Orcha Wildlife Sanctuary
Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary
Panna (Gangau) Wildlife Sanctuary
Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary
Pench Wildlife Sanctuary
Phen Wildlife Sanctuary
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary
Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary
Sanjay Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary
Sardarpur Wildlife Sanctuary
Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary
Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary
Veerangna Durgawati Wildlife Sanctuary