Madhya Pradesh, the heartland of India, is gifted with a vast forested area swarming with wildlife. From regal tigers to dancing peacocks to colossal crocodiles, the land embodies a variety of wild animals and birds. The state is home to numerous national parks such as Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Panna. Each national park has an appeal of its own with diverse flora, fauna and landscapes. Madhya Pradesh is a paradise for nature and wildlife enthusiasts with thousands of travellers visiting each year for the thrilling game drives, walking safaris and breath-taking views.
Kanha National Park, the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh, boasts of being the inspiration for Rupard Kipling’s popular work, Jungle Book. The national park was named after the texture of the soil found in the region, called Kanhar (Black Soil). The park is home to a significant population of Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards. Besides tigers and leopards, a large number of wild boars, sloth bears, Barasinghas and wild dogs can also be spotted. Kanha National Park has been acclaimed globally for saving ‘Barasinghas’ from extinction and reintroducing the Blackbuck.
Original Hotel in Kanha National Park:
Satpura, ‘land of seven mountains’, is a sprawling national park known for the lush greenery, dense forests, splendid waterfalls and picturesque landscape. Amongst the tigers and other resplendent carnivores, Satpura is home to ‘Sambars’, India’s largest deer. The park is surrounded by the beautiful Satpura hills distinguishing its landscape from the other parks. Apart from the flora and fauna, Pandava caves is a prominent site in the Satpura region,
reeking in the Hindu mythology of Mahabharata. The caves are believed to be, carved and inhabited by the Pandavas during their exile. The site is frequented by culture and heritage enthusiasts.
Original Hotels in Satpura National Park:
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Situated in the southern end of the Satpura Range, Pench National Park is a scenic park with the striking Pench river gushing through the park surrounded by diverse wildlife and rocky terrain. The beautiful setting of Pench was another inspiration for the ‘Jungle Book’. Home to over 300 resident and migratory birds, the park is a prime location to spot exotic birds from over the globe. Tigers, leopards, jackals among other wild animals reside at the national park.
Original Hotels in Pench National Park:
Jamtara Wilderness Camp
Flame of the Forest
Bandhavgarh National Park, also known as the ‘Tiger’s Territory’, hosts the highest population of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world making it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to over 200 resident and migratory birds, hosting exotic birds such as ‘Green Pigeons’ and ‘Paradise Flycatchers’. Bengal Fox, Asiatic Jackal, Ratels, grey mongoose are other significant members of the Bandhavgarh ecosystem.
Original Hotel in Bandhavgarh National Park:
Samode Safari Lodge
In the local language, Panna means ‘gem’ and the Panna National Park surely does lives up to its name. The River Ken, cutting through the park, is home for various aquatic fauna in the region. The Gharial crocodile can be frequently spotted lazing around on the banks of the Ken. Panna is the last few sites in the subcontinent to retain vulture nests offering a rare opportunity to spot the elegant bird. Among the tigers, leopards and antelopes, the Pandava falls is a must-see at Panna.
Original Hotel in Panna National Park:
Sarai at Toria
Madhya Pradesh is a wildlife treasure blessed with a rich and diverse ecosystem. The national parks are a must-visit for once in a lifetime experience!