national parks of madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh hosts an electric mix of wildlife verticals.

Madhya Pradesh – The “Tiger State of India” hosts 9 National Parks out of which 6 are Tiger Reserves and 25 Wild Life Sanctuaries.

The iconic Kanha National Park & Bandhavgarh National Park are the star attractions and draws millions of tourists from across the world to relish the landscape, flora and fauna.

Know more about Madhya Pradesh’s National Parks, Tiger Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

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Here is where India’s national animal roams like he deserves to. Placed at the apex of the Indian Forest Ecosytem, the Tiger’s presence reflects a viable and healthy ecosystem of creatures in an intricate chain of interdependencies. The forests of Madhya Pradesh, thus, teem with natural life and thriving ecosystems blessed with rich biodiversity.

The handsome Barasingha ( hard ground swamp deer ) is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh and is striking for it’s long antlers – mature stags may have 10 to 14 tines, or more.

Amid dense forests of sal and teak trees, moist deciduous forests, across sprawling grass meadows and streams and rivulets dwells a magnificent world in one of the most naturally endowed states of India. Madhya Pradesh sprawls across 3, 08,252 sq. km., embracing drier areas to the north and west, and lush forests in its central, eastern and southern regions.

The state is home to more than 450 species of birds, comprising the impressive Asian Paradise Flycatcher, the state bird of Madhya Pradesh as well as Quails, Falcons, Fowls, Parakeets, Cuckoos, Owls, Woodpeckers as well as many migratory birds in habituating ecosystems from water bodies to trees.

kanha national park

Kanha National Park is  the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh & a feast for the eyes for wildlife enthusiasts.

An epitome of conservation,successful rehabilitation of the Hard ground Swamp Deer ( Barasingha ) speaks about the dedication & efforts of the forest dept as well as the local population.

It is also the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, “Bhoorsingh the Barasingha”.

Meet Bhoor Singh, the official mascot of Kanha

There are infact two things that Bhoorsingh is extremely proud of :

  • Of being endemic to Kanha national Park
  • And it’s glorious twelve tinned antelers.

Stay “tinned” for more ….

bandhavgarh national park

Bandhavgarh is a place of mythological and legendary significance. The ancient Bandhavgarh Fort is of great importance as it is believed to have been gifted by Lord Rama to his younger brother Lakshmana. ‘Bandhav’ in English means brother and ‘Garh’ means fort. Hence the name, Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh dates back to 2000 years ago and you will find several man made caves with inscriptions and rock paintings.

know more about Mohan – the founding father of the white tigers of Rewa

Bandhavgarh is also the land of tigers. This is the place to visit if you want to spot the big cat. India’s top dwelling for tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world. The sight of the majestic tiger, up close and personal, is said to trigger a sense of awe in you, of the kinds you would have only experienced in your childhood.

pench national park

Pench Tiger Reserve’s current geographical area has an illuminated history. Abul Fazl’s Ain-i-Akbari, an immortal book showcasing Akbar’s regime & era.

Mowgli, the wolf child was caught by Lieut. Moor in the jungles of Seoni in the year 1831 near the village Sant Vavadi, situated 10 kms away from Seoni. He was said to be reared by a pack of wolves in the Seonee hills.

While this may be a folklore made famous by the epic book, locals point out to a cave in the outskirts of Kanhiwada, a village that is specifically mentioned in the original tale.

Pench National Park offers :

  • Typical representation of the wilderness of great Central Indian Highland
  • Excellent habitat to harbor the Tiger, the highly endangered species.
  • Catchment of river Pench that ultimately affects the storage of water in the Totladoh reservoir – the main source of water supplies to Nagpur and generation of electricity for Madhya Pradesh.
  • Educational value – example of intricacies of natural ecosystem- a good site for nature education.
  • Aesthetic value – Real feeling of wilderness

panna national park

Panna, located in the north western part of Madhya Pradesh has a rich mythology - the Pandavas of the Mahabharata spent a significant part of their exile in the erstwhile Panna forests. The life line of the area, the Ken river , which relentlessly flows through the park from south to north, is home for Gharial and Mugger, found only in the Indian subcontinent. The show stopper of Panna National Park remains the Royal Bengal Tiger. Panna is also the habitat for predators like the leopard and the jungle cat and scavengers like the striped hyena jackals, sloth bear and also the caracal, a relative of the extinct cheetah, may be sighted here on very rare occasions. Panna was the 2nd tiger reserve to loose all it’s resident tigers to poaching specifically, a significant disadvantage of it’s location.

satpura national park

Satpura Tiger Reserve was declared as the first biosphere reserve of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1999. Satpura Tiger Reserve is a habitat of 52 species of Mammals, 31 of Reptiles and 300 species of birds & is well known for tigers, leopards & sloth bear sightings. Satpura Tiger Reserve is a habitat of 52 species of Mammals, 31 of Reptiles and 300 species of birds, out of which 14 are endangered. STR also a habitat of arboreal mammals like Flying Squirrel, Indian Giant Squirrel and Leaf nosed bats. Eurasian Otter and Smooth coated Otter are also found here. It is a unique park of M.P where pollution free activities like cycling, canoeing and trekking are allowed. This area is home to almost 14 endangered species, among which Giant Squirrel, Indian Skimmer, Black Bellied Tern, Leaf-nosed Bat, etc. are the specialty of area.


There are a plenty of reasons which makes the Sanjay National Park one of the supreme wildlife stopping destinations in Central India. Its assortment of flora is pervasive among nature and biota enthusiasts. This wildlife utopia is a part of the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, which is known for its rare and exquisite genera of flora and fauna.

Madhav National Park

An electric mix of wildlife & historical sights, Madhav National Park is another treat for nature lovers. Madhav National Park comes with pristine beauty and is surrounded by verdant backgrounds from all the sides. Thus, the park that is situated in Shivpuri District of Gwalior division is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

Van Vihar National Park

Although officially called a National Park, Van Vihar in Bhopal is really a zoological park that you can drive through. Spread across an extensive area,it features landscaped enclosures meant to preserve animals in their natural habitat. The area is under strict protection from felling, and is undoubtedly one of the most lush part of Bhopal, located right along one of the the banks of the Upper Lake It makes for a fascinating driving experience, with the water on one sid and animals on the other.

Fossil National Park

Ghughua Fossil Park is a National Park, located near Shahpura in Madhya Pradesh, India, in which plant fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 families have been identified. The site was founded during the 1970s by Dr. Dharmendra Prasad, a statistical officer of the Mandla district and honorary secretary of the district archaeology unit. It was declared a National Park in 1983.Numerous plant, leaf, fruit, seed, and shell fossils can be found in this park, some of which dates as far back as 65 million years,the most prominent of which are the palm fossils.

Tiger Status

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National Parks

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Wildlife Santuaries

List of all Wildlife Sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh

Mahabharata, Dyogaparvan.29,47-48
circa 400 BC

“Do not cut down the Forest with it’s Tigers and do not banish the Tigers from the Forests. The Tiger perishes without the Forests, and the Forest perishes without it’s Tigers. Therefore, the Tiger should stand gaurd over the Forest and the Forest should protect all it’s Tigers”.

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