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Satpura National
Park

Madhya Pradesh

Facts about
Satpura ➝

Key Species in
Satpura➝

Tiger Safari Zones ➝

Reaching
Satpura ➝

Weather & Clothing ➝

About Satpura National Park

Satpura is a very important part of The Highlands of Central India. Captain James Forsyth spent a considerable time in the area in the mid-19th century. Wide variety of wildlife roams the area now. Though Tigers numbers are good here, but their sightings are not so good yet. But what makes this park really special is good Sloth bears and Leopard sightings, and a wide variety of activities that one can do while here. Apart from the regular jungle safaris, you can also do boat safaris, canoe safaris, and also the walking safaris in the Core zone of the park. You can aslo camp along the river, an experience which lasts for 2 nights, 3 days. The boat safaris are best done until March, and afterwards the water level of the river Denwa starts to recede. The Tigers in Satpura are a bit cautious of the jeep vehicles as the tourism began very recently (The year 2008). However, as of year 2018 they have gotten far more comfortable and their numbers have increased as well.
Should you want to stay inside the national park, you can spend a night in Churna Camp and get a feel of staying in the heart of the forest. So, if you are done with doing the regular morning and evening safaris in rest of the parks, Satpura offers a lot of activities and this is the biggest attraction of this place when compared to other parks. It encapsulates the complete wilderness experience. The highest point of the Highlands is just about 2-hour drive from the national park. Known as Pachmarhi, this is a hill station of central India. The Bison Lodge constructed under Captain Forsyth has now been converted into an interpretation Centre here. Dhupgarh is the highest point on this hill top which is also known as the sunrise point.

Facts about Satpura National Park

Area: 2133.3 sq. km- 1340 sq. km is core and 794 sq. km is buffer forest.
Coordinates: Latitude: 22’19” to 22’45’ N , Longitude: 77’53” to 78’34’”E.
Weekly Off: Core Zone closed on Wednesday Evenings
Yearly Off: Holi, Diwali
Functional Days: Open throughout the year
Rainfall: 1388mm
Forest Type: Mixed Deciduous Forest Ecosystem

Key Species of Satpura National Park

Satpura Giant Squirrel

Mammals

Satpura Kingfisher

Birds

Satpura Cobra

Reptiles

Safari Zones of Satpura National Park

Every park is divided into 3 kinds of zones: Core, Buffer and Reserved. Core zone is the protected area of the jungle. It acts as a referral point on the natural state of the ecosystems represented by the biosphere reserves. Wildlife and natural resources are strictly protected by the forest department. Buffer zone is where animals and a percentage of human life co-exist peacefully. Lastly, reserved forest acts as a virtual boundary for the forest. That being said, animals don’t know what a “zone” is. They roam around freely in the entire forest for it is their home.

Madhai : Madhai encompasses a versatile landscape. Navigating this park through jeep, walks or by canoe instills a sense of traquility as you experience undulating basalt and sandstone dotted hills, a meadow teeming with herds of deer, wild pigs, peafowl, and langurs, mixed forests with Giant squirrels hopping from one branch to the other, plenty of waterholes and the river Sonbadra flowing in the midst of it, attracting some incredible reptile and birdlife.

Panaarpaani (Pachmarhi) : The recently opened gate (2019) of Panaarpani has much to offer. Tucked in the Mahadeo Hills of the Pachmarhi Biosphere, the entrance greets you with a gentle flowing paralled to the track. The foliage here is dense and lush, packed with an abundance of fruiting trees and medicinal plants which attracts birds, butterflies, Sloth Bears, Indian Giant Squirrel and much more. It also an area where you can search for the the Black Crested Bulbul and the Malabar Whistling Thrush.

sambar at satpura national park
Satpura - Barasingha Female
Satpura - Small Blue Bird

Reaching Satpura National Park

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Train

Itarsi Railway Junction is a major train station where most trains from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Jabalpur and Bangalore comply. It is about 70 Km which is 1 Hour 30 Minutes away from the National Park.
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Flight

Bhopal Airport is the closest to the national park at a distance of 180 Km which takes around 3 Hr 30 Minutes away. The airport is well connected with flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Weather and Clothing

Satpura national park Temperature Chart
❯ DO NOT carry shiny/bright colored clothing. Instead, carry earthy colors like shades of dull green or olive green, beige, and grey. Black is also avoidable as it attracts mosquitos.
❯ Carry comfortable, breathable clothes (cotton) in summer.
❯ Carry layers (4-5) of thin woolen clothes rather than one heavy jacket for winter. Layers are a lot more helpful through the varying temperatures during the day.
❯ Carry a wind cheater/rain coat just in case there is a light shower.
❯ Carry a Cap/Hat during summer.
❯ Avoid wearing strong perfume while on safari. Animals have a strong sense of smell and it may distract them.

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