If you’re seeking for a break from you day-to-day life, a trip to Satpura National Park is a rewarding escape. The Satpura National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh and is one of the most diverse and beautiful national parks in Central India. The park adjoins the pristine hill station of Pachmarhi and is spread over an area of 1427 sq km by adjoining Bori Sanctuary (486 sq km) and Panchmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary(417 sq km).
Things To Do In Satpura National Park
The park authorities set up safari walks, boat trips, and kayak. They also organize jeep safari which starts at sunrise and ends at 11.00 hrs whereas evening safari starts at 2.30 hrs and ends at sunset and the timings may differ as per season.
Jeep safari can be done by three routes, Lagda Route, Keria Route, and Churna Route. The longest route is Churna Route which is spread over 30 kms. However, it is a full day trip and covers some parts of Keria route and trespassing different routes is not allowed. Park rates, booking charges and other details all are available on the website mponline.gov.in.
One hour Boat safari in Denwa River is an excellent way to feel the composed nature. And moreover, those who want to have thrill of water, canoeing is the way to seek that adventure.
Experiencing the Satpura National Park on foot has its own benefits, in which tourists explore the forest along with a trained naturalist and gets a chance to attach with nature and wildlife while walking in the dense forests.
In addition, the park management organizes a special Elephant safari; this safari has its own charm. By sitting on an elephant’s back the tourists are led by a Mahout and they get to view the jungle.
You can also reserve some time to enjoy the sunrise and sunset at the Dhoopgarh. Overall, this place guarantees the best experience of the wilderness that one can ever have at a sanctuary in India.
How to Reach Satpura National Park
By Air: Raja Bhoj Airport of Bhopal city is the nearest to the park (Approx. 209 Kms) and in addition, it is well connected by multiple flights from Mumbai, New Delhi and other parts of the country. Other options to reach via air are Nagpur airport (274 kms), and Jabalpur airport (368 kms).
By Rail: The nearest railway stations to reach the park is Pipariya (Approx. 50 Km), Bhopal (Approx. 140 Km), and Jabalpur (Aprrox. 260 Km)
By Road: Satpura National Park is approximately at a distance of 180 kms from the city of Bhopal, 360 Kms from Jabalpur, 360 Kms from Chindwara, and 265 kms from Nagpur.
Best Time to Visit Satpura
Satpura National park remains open for tourists from 1st of October to 30th of June and is restricted during the monsoon period. The park is suitable to visit in all the seasons because it has so much to offer.
Where to Stay?
A few major wildlife resorts in Satpura are:
- Tawa Resort owned by MP tourism
- Denwa Backwater Escape
- Forsyth Lodge
- Reni Pani Lodge
- Bison Resort close to Madhai Gate
So, if you’re in Madhya Pradesh, then you must take a quick trip to Satpura National Park. Make sure you are carrying digital camera with yourself so that you can enjoy spotting and snapping rare species of plants, animals and birds.