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Discover Satpura National Park: Top Activities & Experiences

A tranquil haven tucked away in the Mahadeo Hills of the Satpura range, Satpura National Park is located in the nurturing lap of Central India. Satpura translates to “Seven Mountains” (sat meaning seven and pura meaning mountain)

Satpura National Park, which spans 1,427 square kilometers, was created in 1981 when the sanctuaries of Satpura, Pachmarhi, and Bori, as well as the surrounding mountain ranges, were combined. Madhai, the entrance to the Satpura forests, offers unbelievable vistas of the untamed landscape and serenity.

The variety of activities available in Satpura National Park sets it apart from other parks in Central India, making it a unique and engaging destination for tourists who like to explore. Moreover, the park’s management has created a unique tourism model that takes the wilderness experience to the next level.

Visitors can enjoy walking safaris, boat safaris, kayaking, bird viewing, treks, classic jeep safaris, and so much more inside the tiger reserve.

In Central India, Satpura is a popular tourist destination with several amazing places across the region. Despite this, wildlife safari is one of the major attractions of the region. Read further to learn about some amazing things to do on your Satpura tour.

List of Best Things to Do in Satpura National Park

Camping Around Forsyth Trail 

Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancer traveled this trail more than 150 years ago, crossing the endless woodland treasures before coming upon Pachmarhi, the spotless hill station of India. The pure treasures of the gorgeous Pachmarhi hills enthralled him.

This magical trip, designed exclusively for its visitors, takes them on a brand-new forest adventure over a range of altitudes, home to the distinctive flora and fauna of Pachmari. This unique trip makes every nature lover gasp in awe as it crosses rivulets open to picturesque panoramas and immaculate paths.

Churna Full-Day Safari 

Churna, 30 km from Madhai and part of the Bori range, lies in the heart of the Satpura National Park. One of Saturn’s most well-liked safari zones, the Madhai entrance gate is the main access point for this area, which is close to Madhai hamlet.

At Satpura National Park, the topography of the Churna zone contains a core tiger habitat that consistently reports the best tiger sightings. Many sparkling water streams that wind across the entire forest are present in the landscape. Here, especially for herbivores, the prey base is one of the healthiest, guaranteeing a healthy tiger population. A variety of birds are visible. On the Churna path, the likelihood of seeing a sloth bear is almost inevitable.

Canoeing ride 

Only at the Madhai gate is a canoe ride available in Satpura National Park. Canter or car trips often teach us about jungle safaris and give us access to the land’s biodiversity, where we can see birds and other creatures. The Madhai entrance gate to Satpura National Park offers boat rides that provide exposure to aquatic life. Several boat safari possibilities are available here.

A canoe journey is the most fundamental safari activity for observing life in and around a body of water. At this entrance gate flows the Denwa River. Together with this river, the Tawa Dam’s backwaters provide long-term water availability, allowing canoe rides to be enjoyed throughout the popular safari season, which runs from October to the beginning of April.

Also Check out Popular Satpura Wildlife Tour Packages

Night Patrol Safari at Sehra and Parsapani 

The concerted efforts of the forest department have restored the Sehra and Parsapani buffer zones. They are excellent for night patrol, also known as evening safari, during the twilight hour.

The twilight hour from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. is ideal for sightings, as most wild animals and birds start returning to their roosts or resting sites. On the other hand, the predators start crawling out of their hideouts and can be caught on the prowl. This is an ideal time to spot a leopard or a sloth bear. Watch out for a pair or more shining eyes that may lurk amongst the thickets. And if one were to get lucky, one could even spot the rusty-spotted cat, the world’s smallest wild cat. Keep a lookout for owls, nightjars, hares, etc.

Sehra also has a few water bodies and a watchtower, which lend a certain mysterious charm.

Boat Cruise from Tawa Dam

This unique, two-hour ferry experience from Tawa Dam to Denwa Backwater Escape via a river cruise is an exciting way to reach the pristine destination of Satpura. First, the ferry picks up the guests from Tawa Dam, which is just an hour’s detour from the regular route of Bhopal. Then, the ferry drops the guests directly at the Denwa Backwater Escape.

While on this ferry ride, experience the joy of spotting migratory birds, crossing tribal villages, and experiencing the mystical, hilly landscape of Satpura. The vehicles that drop the guests at the ferry return to the lodge with their luggage. This exclusive experience can be availed for a maximum of ten pax and promises to be enthralling. Lunch with soft drinks onboard can also be organized with prior booking.

Night Joy Camping

Camping allows you to reconnect with nature, view wildlife, and experience the night sky far from the city’s harsh lights. Nothing else compares to it. So, while you discover the various advantages of camping, make sure you and your family get to be in touch with nature. Camp Jamani Dev is another unique, tailor-made walking safari trail with exclusive overnight camping facilities. It promises to be a complete experience.

This safari is offered near the sandy riverside, organized at the closest campsite to our lodge for the less adventurous who prefer to walk only a little. Guests can drive to and fro to the Jamani Dev campsite or spice up the experience with a walk.

Also Read: Interesting Facts About Satpura National Park

Explore Bhimbetka Rock Paintings 

A world heritage site, the Bhimbetka rock paintings get their name from Bhimbhaitaka, or the sitting place of Bhima, of Mahabharata fame. These cave paintings date back about 30,000 years and are from rock shelters that were home to humans. It has about 243 rock shelters that bear a striking and uncanny resemblance to ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia, the Bushmen cave paintings in the Kalahari, and the Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.

This site is en route to Bhopal amidst the dense forests of Bhimbetka. A day trip can be organized to this archeological site, or one can visit it on the way to Satpura or while returning. Tickets and guides are available at the entrance of this heritage site.

Clarifying the mystery surrounding Patalkot Valley

It is believed that Sita disappeared into the earth in Patalkot, thus forming a deep cavity (valley). Another legend is that Hanuman entered the underworld through this region to save Lord Rama and Lakshmana from the shackles of the demon Ahiravana. Patalkot is endowed with dense foliage and is home to plants, medicinal herbs, and varied species of fauna and flora.

The valley’s peak rises between 1,200 and 1,500 feet. The Doodhi River is the only source of water. Unfortunately, the entire region gets dark in the afternoon, so much so that sunlight cannot reach the valley’s depth. Best visited en route to Pench, a day trip can be organized along with a packed picnic lunch. In the Tamia district, Patalkot has tribal villages, a civilization undiscovered for years until a few decades ago.

Adventures on a Nature Walk 

Walking is a wonderful way to experience the wilderness. For a chance to explore and take in the rich biodiversity of the tranquil Satpura, our naturalists will be pleased to lead you on a walking tour of our forested estate or its surroundings. Observe and discover the diverse flora and wildlife in front of you. A nature walk can be like an open Pandora’s box of surprises, allowing you to get a close-up view of the countryside.

Take advantage of the sweet bird sounds, the quick-footed Malabar Flying Squirrel (only found in Satpura, M.P. ), a surprise encounter with an elusive monitor lizard, or the magnificent Indian Chameleon that you would not typically witness.

Take blessings at Pachmarhi Catholic Church 

There are countless colonial structures throughout India, including churches, all of which were created by renowned architects. However, the Catholic church in Pachmarhi, an older (by about 150 years) Anglican house of worship, is noteworthy. Here, in a style of colonial architecture ideally suited to this region, the renowned Irish architect Henry Irwin received his training.

An Anglican church in Pachmarhi was constructed in the 19th century during the colonial era to serve the spiritual requirements of Christians residing in Madhya Pradesh. It is situated in a peaceful and tranquil setting. The church is only open to the public for services and prayer on Sundays for a short period. It has been in a limited cantonment area since colonial times.

Nature photography

Beautiful arts like photography may uplift and soothe us. Detaching ourselves from negative emotions like worry, anxiety, and grief enables us to focus on something outside of ourselves. Unlike many other national parks, Satpura National Park is surrounded by a tranquil river, sandstone peaks, and breathtaking waterfalls.

The Satpura Tiger Reserve is a famous destination for those who want to see various animal, bird, and reptile species, explore nature, and take beautiful images. Only 12 jeeps are permitted for the safari at a time, leaving plenty of room for shooting without interruption and giving this national park an advantage over other more congested parks throughout the year. As a result, there is very little human interference in this park.

Envelope in the beauty of Bee Falls

Bee Falls is a natural waterfall in the picturesque hill town of Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, 5 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station. One of Madhya Pradesh’s most stunning waterfalls, commonly referred to as Jamuna Prapat, is a must-see location in Pachmarhi tour packages.

The Bee Falls, also known as Jamuna Prapat, is one of many beautiful waterfalls in the hill station of Pachmarhi. It cascades down from roughly 35 meters and provides water to Pachmarhi.

The waterfall is named because it sounds like a bee when heard from a distance. There is a pool below and another above it. It is a popular swimming site and one of the most frequented picnic areas by locals and visitors.

With this list of the best things to do in and around Satpura National Park, enjoy a memorable wildlife tour in Madhya Pradesh. Exploring Bee Falls, a canoeing ride, a night safari, a boat cruise, and walking tours are some of the best experiences in Satpura National Park.

However, there is so much more to experience and engage in Satpura. If you wish to enjoy the best of Satpura National Park, book wildlife tours in India through Indian Visit.

Contact our travel experts today, who will assist you with tour packages and any questions regarding the location. So, enquire now and get what you are looking for!

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