Located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Satpura National Park lies in the Mahadeo Hills of the Satpura range and is an ideal destination for anyone who is a keen wildlife enthusiast. Satpura National Park is less known than other sanctuaries like Kanha, Panna, Pench and Tadoba, however with magnificent unspoilt forest and a much more balanced array of wildlife, this is an absolute gem of a park. It is a great place to be one with nature because the fascinating cascading waterfalls, deep valleys, dense forests, narrow gorges, perennial streams and rich vegetation of the park represent nature at its best. Situated in the southern parts of the Central Indian Highlands of Madhya Pradesh, The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged. Satpura National Park offers different/various activities like boat safaris, elephant rides, guided walks, jeep safaris as well as night time safaris in the buffer forest.
The park’s name is derived from the Satpura range where the altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 metres, having Dhupgarh peak as high as 1,352 metres which is the highest point located in Pachmarhi (popularly known as Queen of Satpura). Although tiger sightings are not common, however birding is excellent in and around the park. While driving through the forest, you may come across the shy and elusive barking deer. Recently, some Barasingha as well as some Bengal tigers have been relocated here from Kanha National Park. Being shy & wary, and not used to the human beings, several other species of the park are mostly seen in fleeting glimpses. Satpura National Park is an ideal destination for those who want to spend time far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and who are looking for a wildlife holiday to see the wilderness in central India.
Flora, Fauna & Avifauna
- Edaphic and different climatic factors have given rise to luxuriant and rich tropical flora, including rare species of mosses and ferns. The flora consists of bamboo, emblica, Phyllanthus mahua, sal, teak, tendu etc. The two major plant species of the region are Sal and Teak, predominating in the higher reaches.
- In Satpura National Park, one gets to see animals such as Hyena, Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Marsh Crocodile, Nilgai, Pangolin, Porcupine, Ratel, Smooth otter, wild boar, palm civet and the small Indian civet. The leopards and wolves prowl the park and wild dogs can also be seen in groups hunting prey.
- At Satpura National Park, around 250 avian species have been recorded which makes it an ideal destination for birdwatchers. The bird species found here include the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Peafowl and Madhya Pradesh state bird – the Paradise Flycatcher.