5 Most Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh


When you visit Madhya Pradesh, you will get to see an abundance of wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests there. These tours are perfect for visitors and these tours give a good feel of their natural habitats to the visitors. Given below are few of the best wildlife sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park

This is a very popular name when it comes to list of top national parks. It is located in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district and is considered to be the largest national park of M.P.  A  very beautiful forest with vegetation and wildlife in great abundance. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers all across the globe.

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Image source – Bandhavgarhnationalpark

Since royal tigers are frequently sighted here, this national park has become a very good attraction amongst all wildlife enthusiasts. Apart from tigers, you can also find leopards, jungle cats, striped hyenas, gray mongoose, ratels, sloth bears, foxes, Asiatic jackals etc. The park has got its name from Bandhavgarh fort which is located inside this park. Now, the fort is in ruins and an hour is taken for trekking to  reach the fort.  Throughout the journey you will get a superb view of the surroundings.

Options to travel within the park:  Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari

Best months to visit–  October to March

Kanha National Park

After you visit the Kanha National park, your childhood memories are sure to be refreshed. Famous ‘Jungle Book’ is based on this national park’s natural surroundings. This park is also termed as ‘Mowgli Land’. Although tigers are most dominant ones here, the park’s milestone is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp Deer from extinction. 

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Image source – Kanhanationalpark

This park was formed in 1955 and since that time, it has been showing an active contribution in preserving endangered species.  Having a picturesque and an alluring landscape, this park is extremely known for wildlife safaris and tourists from all round the globe are attracted by it. Some other animals include jackals, wild boars, langurs, sloth bears, foxes, wild cats, wild dogs and leopards. Reptiles such as krait, cobras and pythons are also found…more

Options to travel within the park: Jeep safari

Best months to visit– October-June 

Pench National Park

Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda hills is named after Penchriver, meandering through the park from north to south. Being home to various  fauna and flora, Pench national park has gained a lot of popularity in Central India.

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Image source – Penchnationalpark

The surroundings are quite serene and there are rich woody forests all over. Here, you would find around 13000 species of plans and most of them consist of endangered and dying plants. Amidst the park, there is a flowing river and due to this, a peaceful environment is created. Visitor who would come here would take away memories for life.

Options to travel in the park:  Open Gypsy Safari

Best Time to Visit: November to May 

Panna National Park

This is a very well maintained National park and is declared as Tiger Reserve  Forest in the year 1994. Panna national park is located at a distance of around 57kms from Khajuraho. It is home to some of the famous wildlife species and is a very popular tiger reserve in India.

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Image source – Pannanationalpark

All round the globe, this national park is famous for its tigers, wild cats, antelopes and deer. Owing to the vicinity to Khajuraho temples, this park is a good stop-over destination. Night safari options too are available here.  If you can bear the scorching heat, you must definitely visit the park in summers as during this time, you will get to view lots of animals.

Best Time to Visit: January to May 

Madhav Shivpuri National Park

This national park is located in Gwalior region’s Shivpuri district. Its a perfect mix of architectural wonders and history. This is the oldest park and has both forest ecosystems and lake. The park has 2 lakes namely Madhav Sagar and Sakhya.

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Not only is natural beauty added by these lakes but even a permanent source of water is provided to wildlife and a wet habitat is provided to migratory waterfowls. Tourists are attracted by the lake’s crocodile Safari. Here, you would find various wildlife like barking Deer, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chowsinga and Chinkara. Wild pigs, pythons, marsh crocodiles and porcupines is also found.

Options to travel in the park–  Open jeep safaris and Boat Crocodile Safari

Best months to visit – November to March


India’s wildlife is rich and diverse and it attracts travelers and tourists from all parts of the world. And paying a visit to these wildlife getaways is something one should not rule out when planning a holiday.