Located on the banks of the Indira Sagar dam in Madhya Pradesh, Hanuwantiya is a glorious spectacle of nature. Clear skies dotted with majestic white clouds,emerald green foliage and best of all,clean blue waters that remind one of the Mediterranean. A vast improvement ,you would agree, on traffic snarls,pollution and all the other accompanying annoyances of urban life. Take your pick from a host of activities on land, air, and water like par motoring and parasailing, and even the devilishly fun water zorbing where you enter 3 huge transparent ball of plastic and roll reminder of the great times you’ve experienced. You can continue your tryst with MP’s culture by spending the evening at Hanuwantiya watching folk music and dance performance.
The Betwa, a tributary of the Yamuna, starts from the Vindhyas and flows north-east across the state towards the town of Orccha, where it’s calm flow is punctuated by Grade-I and Grade-II rapids. This makes it a sought-after spot for kayaking and river rafting at this beautiful heritage rich town. The various lakes and dams in Madhya Pradesh provide ample opportunities for more leisurely persuit. The Kerwa Dam, for instance, located just 15 km from Bhopal, is easily accessible for a waterside picnic with family and friends. Similarly, Sakhya Sagar lake in Madhav National Park is an excellent destination for boats and wildlife watching.
At Bargi near Jabalpur, apart from bird watching and a cruise abroad the Narmada Queen, there are facilities for a host of water sports. A trip to the picturesque Temar Falls nearby is a good way to round off the holiday. The best time to visit all these places is post-monsoon, when the rivers are full and abundant with water and resplendent in their glory. This is also the time when the state’s major water waterfalls springs to life.
Perhaps the most visited waterfall in the state of Madhya Pradesh is the Bee Falls in Pachmari, locally known as Jamuna Prapat. A gentle perennial stream flowing through a wooded area of the Satpura range, it turns into a 35 m high waterfall. Visitors of all ages can be seen going up to stand under the following water. The Bee Falls are not far from the 107 m tall Rajat Prapat as well as Apsara Vihar or “Fairy Pool”, a shallow pool at the base of a waterfall.
Three of Madhya Pradesh tallest waterfalls are found in Rewa. Among them is the Chachai Falls, magnificent in its power and beauty, at the edge of the Chitrakoot hills. The water is fed by the Bihad river and falls over 130 m into a catchment area below. At its most powerful, the falls cover a wide lip of the mountain before plunging and creating a fine, mesmerizing mist. The Keoti and Bahuti (or Odda) Falls are also situated nearby.
The Pandav Falls in Panna it’s his name from a legend according to which the five Pandava brothers lived in the nearby caves. The famed Dhuandhar Waterfalls in Bhedaghat owes its added magnificent to the sheer cliffs of marble rocks on either side of the Narmada. These hundred foot tall rocks sparkle brightly during the day time and are equally stunning under the moonlight. Boating here is an unforgettable experience. Tha Dhuandhar Waterfall are so named because of the illusion they creat of smoke rising out of the water ( Dhuan means smoke ).