Most adventurous National Parks of Madhya Pradesh 

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Last Updated on August 5, 2022

Madhya Pradesh has the largest number of national parks in India and also has the largest population of tigers in the country. And that makes it the best place to experience some of the best adventurous and exciting phases of your life. Most of these national parks and wildlife sanctuaries offer a great experience to animal lovers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, and those who like challenges. Here are some of the most adventurous national parks in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh also has 12% of India’s forest cover, making it the state with the largest forest cover in India. And because of this, Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the most important and exciting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India. It has numerous species of flora and fauna such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian White Tiger, Indian Bison, Blue Bull, Rock Python, etc.

Some interesting facts to know before you visit Madhya Pradesh

Climatesubtropical climate; hot dry summer and a cool and relatively dry winter
Best time to goOctober – march
Most important parks and sanctuariesKanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Satpura National Park, Madhav National Park, Pench National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Sanjay National Park, etc.
Activities to doJeep safari, trekking, birdwatching, elephant ride, camping, photography, etc.
Languages spokenHindi, English, etc.
Some rare speciesSheesham, Beeja, Padar, Kullu and Kaitha, Anjan, Tinsa, Haldi and Kusum, etc.
Things to carrybackpack, boots, large water bottles, power bank, raincoat, cash, etc
Things to keep in minddo not approach animals too closely, do not litter here and there, obey the rules, store food, etc.

List of Best National Parks of Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park
DistrictMandla and Balaghat
Nearest airportJabalpur Airport, 160km
Nearest railway stationGondia Junction
Adventures to trywildlife safari, explore the wild animals, etc.
How to reach?Get to the nearest airport or the railhead and hire a taxi or a cab to get to the national park. Madhya Pradesh is also connected to major cities via road. You can also travel by bus.
Climateextreme summers, chilly winters
Best time to visitOctober to June

This National Park is famous amongst tourists for its splendid and magnificent landscapes. It is also said that the inspiration for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is this park only. It has everything from plants to animals and birds. It is quite famous for the presence of the exotic Royal Bengal Tigers.

Other animals that are found here include panther, sambar, chital, barasingha, Barking deer, etc. Some important bird species found here are the Asian paradise flycatcher, white-bellied drongo, white-rumped shama and spangled drongo, etc.

Panna National Park

Panna National Park- the beautiful  parks in  madhya pradesh
DistrictPanna and Chhatarpur
Nearest airportKhajuraho Airport, 40km
Nearest railway stationKhajuraho railway station, 40km
Adventures to tryBoating on Ken River, riding on a motorized boat, bird watching, jungle safari, etc.
How to reach?Get to the nearest airport or the railhead and hire a taxi or a cab to get to the national park. Madhya Pradesh is also connected to major cities via road. You can also travel by bus.
Climateextreme summers, chilly winters
Best time to visitNovember to June

It is the most beautiful national park in Madhya Pradesh and the specialty of this park is the flowing Ken River right through the middle of the park. The boat ride, elephant safari, and jeep safari is the best activity that every visitor should enjoy. The major directions of this place are Mahama Prannathji temple, Ajay Garh Fort, Ken gharial sanctuary, Raneh falls, etc.

With the beautiful landscape and amazing lush green surroundings, getting an opportunity to witness animals like tigers, wild dogs, hyenas, sloth bears, spotted deer, etc., surely is an experience of a lifetime. Panna literally means diamond and this park is spread over an area of 570 km². It is located in the Vindhya range and there is also a waterfall inside the park.

Satpura National Park and Biosphere Reserve

Satpura National Park and Biosphere Reserve
DistrictHoshangabad District
Nearest airportBhopal Airport, 176km
Nearest railway stationItarsi Junction, 70km
Adventures to tryCamping Around Forsyth Trail, Birdwatching, Nature walk, Horseback safaris, Churna Full Day Safari, Canoe Ride, Boat Cruise, etc.
How to reach?Get to the nearest airport or the railhead and hire a taxi or a cab to get to the national park. Madhya Pradesh is also connected to major cities via road. You can also travel by bus. Try zingbus.
Climateextreme summers, chilly winters
Best time to visitNovember to June

Satpura means a hundred mountains and it is home to many animals such as The Royal Bengal Tiger, sloth bear, Indian bison, and eating wild dogs. It is spread over an area of 1500 km² and it has many splendid landscapes, exotic wildlife, and archaeological artifacts. One can also find crocodiles in the marsh, numerous exotic birds, and different kinds of plant species.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park
DistrictUmaria District
Nearest airportJabalpur Airport, 174km but best accessible from Khajuraho Airport.
Nearest railway stationUmaria Junction, 32km
Adventures to tryCycling Trails, Camping, Birdwatching, Nature walk, safaris, etc.
How to reach?Get to the nearest airport or the railhead and hire a taxi or a cab to get to the national park. Madhya Pradesh is also connected to major cities via road. You can also travel by bus. Try zingbus.
Climateextreme hot-dry summers, cold winters
Best time to visitNovember to June

It has the largest number of Royal Bengal tigers in the world. It is also home to many migratory birds and over 300 species of flora and fauna. Khajuraho group of temples are also located in the close vicinity of the park. Other animals found here include Leopards, barking deer, boar, Bengal fox, ratel, striped hyena, sambar, nilgai, gaur, Asiatic jackal, etc.

The park is roughly 4.5 hour drive from Jabalpur and it is very well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. It has at least 37 species of mammals and there are more than 250 species of birds, it has 80 species of butterflies.

Madhav National Park

Madhav National Park
DistrictShivpuri district
Nearest airportGwalior Airport, 130km
Nearest railway stationJhansi Railway Station, 95km
Adventures to tryJungle safari, birdwatching, exploring the park, nature walk, etc.
How to reach?Get to the nearest airport or the railhead and hire a taxi or a cab to get to the national park. Madhya Pradesh is also connected to major cities via road. You can also travel by bus. Try zingbus.
Climatehot-dry summers, cold winters, good monsoon rainfall
Best time to visitNovember to June

It is spread over an area of 375 sq. km and it is one of the most beautiful national parks in Madhya Pradesh. This place used to be the hunting grounds of earlier kings and emperors. Sakhya Sagar Lake runs through the park and the area near it is the hotspot for animals and birds.

The park is so big that national highways passed through this park and it has many small ponds along with a major reservoir. At the top of the Madhav National Park, George Castle is located which was built by Madhavrao Scindia.

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Frequently asked questions about wildlife tourism

Q. How many days are required to explore the best wildlife parks of Madhya Pradesh?

A. Madhya Pradesh has the most number of parks and sanctuaries in India and thus, its practically impossible to visit them all in a go. An ideal visit of 5-7 days is good enough to explore 2-3 places perfectly.

Q. Is it safe to travel alone in Madhya Pradesh?

A. Madhya Pradesh is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India and it is completely safe for solo travellers. Try to avoid going out at night and if you do, then inform the hotel or your companions.

Q. How many people are allowed in a vehicle for the safari?

A. Maximum of six people, excluding the guide and the driver.

Q. Do I need to carry come documents for the safari?

A. Entry permit along with any one identity card is required and preferred. Documents are check at the gate by the park officials.

Q. Are there any exemptions for the children in national parks?

A. Children upto the age of 5 years are exempted from the entry fees and its safe to travel with kids as no one is allowed to leave the vehicle.

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