Satpura National Park

Satpura Tiger Reserve

This one-of-a-kind tiger reserve is located south of the beautiful Narmada river and is spread across Hoshangabad, Betul, and Chhindwara districts. The most unique thing about this biggest tiger reserve is that it allows Cycling, canoeing, and trekking. 

Spread over an area of 2133 sq. km, Satpura Tiger Reserve is the pride of Madhya Pradesh which was set up in 1981. It derived its name from the wonderful Satpura range. This reserve is filled with natural beauty and beautiful species of fauna. 

Satpura tiger reserve has everything that a wildlife photographer will love right from the lavish greenfield to the big cats like the royal Bengal tigers. It is also a great place for wildlife enthusiasts, adventure lovers, and trekkers to explore.

Interesting Fact – Satpura

The national park was formed by the merger of three wildlife sanctuaries: Satpura, Pachmarhi, and Bori. Because each of the original sanctuaries had very different terrain, the national park offers a wide range of habitats, including deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, slender gorges, Tawa reservoir, backwaters, waterfalls, a thickly lush forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs.

Prime Predators

Satpura Tiger Reserve’s top predators are Royal Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards

Famous For?

Other than the Bengal Tigers, Satpura is famous for rock climbing, cycling, canoeing, and jeep game drive. You can also walk on foot in some zones

Major Wildlife

Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards, Eurasian Otter,  Blackbuck, Indian Giant Squirrel, Chinkara, & Smooth-coated Otter

Flora & Fauna in the Park

Flora: Satpura Tiger Reserve is part of a diverse Central Indian forest ecosystem, so it has a high level of biodiversity. Teak, Sal, tendu, mahua (Indian butter-tree), bel (stone-apple), bamboos, and grasses are among the 1300 plant species found here. It contains over 62 tree species, 30 small tree species, 58 shrub species, 32 climber species, and nearly 64 grass species.

Wildlife: Satpura Tiger Reserve is one of the largest tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh. It is home to 52 different mammal species and 31 reptiles. The Bengal tiger stands at the top of the food cycle. 

Avifauna: The sky of Satpura is filled with 300 bird species. Out of them, 14 are endangered species. It is also colored with 50 wonderful species of butterflies. 

Mammals

  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Leopard
  • Blackburn
  • Gaur
  • Chowsingha
  • Pangolins
  • Indian Giant Squirrel
  • Wild boar
  • Wild dog

Birds

  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • Paradise Fly-catcher
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Malabar pied Hornbill
  • Pied-kingfisher
  • Red-wattled Lapwing
  • Indian Spot-billed Ducks
  • Grey-heron
  • River Lapwing

Reptiles

  • Mugger Crocodile
  • Indian Soft-shelled Turtle
  • Indian Roofed Turtle
  • Brook's House Gecko
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Indian Chameleon
  • Bronze Skink
  • Bengal Monitor
  • Trinket Snake

Safari in Satpura National Park

Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve is full of adventure and thrill. As the park is spread across a large area, you will get to see various kinds of flora and fauna that you can capture in your cameras. The pleasure of being in the company of nature, combined with the adventure of seeing tigers and other wildlife with your own eyes on a Gypsy or elephant safari, is unmeasurable in words. Enjoy the scenic views of the lush green forest as you pass by rivers, streams, and waterfalls.

Satpura Tiger Reserve has 5 entry zones at which you can start your adventurous journey. In the Madhai, Churna, Parsapani, and Jamanidev tourism zones, two safaris can be done in a day, one in the morning from 06:00 hrs to 1:00 hrs and the other from 3:00 p.m. hrs to 18:00 hrs. Tourists can visit Pachmarhi from sunrise to sunset.

Jeeps can carry a maximum of six passengers, including the guide. If you want to go on a safari with a larger group of up to 16 people, canter safaris are also available.

Safari Zones or Gates

The core zone is spread over 1339.264 sq. km of area and the buffer zone is spread over 794.04397 sq. km of area.

Satpura Tiger Reserve is divided into five entry zones: Pachmarhi, Madai, Churna, Sehra, and Pathai. Churna is the best zone to spot the Bengal tigers. Some areas are ideal for camping, cycling, trekking, and other outdoor activities.

Pachmarhi Zone

Pachmarhi has over 30 viewpoints to see and is located in the middle of the Jabalpur-Itarsi rail route. By road, it is 55 kilometers from the Pipariya railway station,  210 kilometers from Bhopal, and 260 kilometers from Nagpur 

Ecotourism activities that you can do in the Pachmarhi zone consist of watching viewpoints, cycling, trekking, nature walks, camping, birding, and butterfly watching.

Madai Zone

Madhai is a core zone located on the pipariya-Bhopal road, 140 kilometers from Bhopal. It is the hub for wildlife tourism in Satpura Tiger Reserve. 

Madai zone is famous for Vehicle safari, elephant rides, boat rides, canoeing, and trekking.

Churna Zone

Churna is the best zone for tiger sightings. It is located in the deep core forests along the Itarsi-Nagpur road route, 100 kilometers from the Itarsi railway station. The topography features numerous sparkling water streams that run through the entire forest. For this zone, a vehicle safari is the best option.

Sehra Buffer Zone

This lovely buffer zone is closer to Denwa and has lush green meadows where chances of spotting Gaur, Satpura Leopard Gecko, Rusty Spotted Cat, Mouse Deer, and Indian Crested Porcupine are high.

Pathai Buffer Zone

This buffer zone meets the Denwa backwaters at various points and is located between Shohagpur and Madhai (20 km) on one side; and Madhai and Pathai gates (14 km) on another side.

wildlife in safari zones of Satpura

Jamanidev Buffer Zone

Jamanidev, located 4 kilometers from Madhai, serves as a buffer zone for the Satpura National Park. This is one of Satpura’s most popular safari zones, and it is primarily accessed through the Sehra entrance gate, which is located on the Sohagpur-Madhai road. Jamani Dev’s landscape is filled with ponds, riverbanks, streams, grasslands, and forests where you can go camping.

Parsapani Buffer Zone

This area has a unique terrain with lush vegetation in an undulating habitat. These patches are intermixed with streams, ponds, grasslands, riverbanks, forests, and so on. It is the most suitable safari zone for camping.

How to book Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve

To book an end-to-end safari package in Satpura National Park including airport transfer, accommodation, meals, and internal transfer, you may contact Big Cats India, or schedule a free discussion with our experts to understand the best safari zone to book, based on your area of interest.

It is advised to plan your safari well in advance to get the best zones for sightings. If you are not sure which gate(s) to choose from, you can contact Big Cats India or message us for any assistance to book your safari in Satpura.

You can also book Satpura Safari online from the MP tourism website. These websites, however, only book your safari permits and not the jeep, accommodation, food, or internal transportation.

Open Jeep Safari

Open Jeep Safari

Explore the woods of Satpura Tiger Reserve through a Gypsy and capture the wonderful pictures of flora and fauna while on it. An open Jeep Safari offers you to greet nature closely.

Canter Safari

Canter Safari

Canter safaris are conducted in groups of 16 people per canter. The canter safaris offer a 5-hour ride from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 hours from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore wildlife and see tigers.

Morning Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
06:00 to 11:00 Hrs 06:00 to 11:00 Hrs 06:00 to 11:00 Hrs
Evening Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
15:00 to 18:30 Hrs 15:00 to 18:00 Hrs 15:00 to 17:30 Hrs

Visiting Park in Winter

Satpura in Winters

Satpura becomes the most beautiful national park in central India during the winter season (November – February) due to its eye-pleasing lush greenery and dense forests. Here, the temperature in and around the Pachmarhi plateau is generally lower than the plains. On sunny mornings, the spectacular views of nature and wildlife sightings make your safari unforgettable.

Visiting Park in Summer

Satpura in Summers

Summer (mid-March to June) is the best time to visit Satpura Tiger Reserve. With summer temperatures reaching 42 degrees, there is a greater chance of spotting tigers near water resources. In addition, as the trees and vegetation dry out in the summer, spotting tigers becomes easier. Therefore, it is a perfect environment for wildlife photographers or tiger enthusiasts.

Visiting Park In Monsoon

Satpura in Monsoon

The monsoon arrives at the end of June in Satpura tiger reserve. And the rainfall in the Pachmarhi zone is significantly higher than in the rest of the tiger reserve. The weather in Madhai, Churna, Parsapani, and Jamanidev is similar to the surrounding plains. The core zones of Satpura remain close during the monsoon season which is from July to September.

Best time to spot tigers at Satpura National Park

Between October and March is the best time to visit Madhai, Churna, Jamanidev, and the Parsapani zones of Satpura Tiger Reserve. Whereas, Pachmarhi can be visited at any time of year. However, do note that it takes patience to spot the tiger as compared to other animals. Availability of the prey, water, and climate plays an important role in spotting one. 

 How to Reach the Park

Reach by Air

By Air

Bhopal airport is the nearest airport to Satpura Tiger Reserve. It is around 170 km from Satpura. 

By Road

Itarsi is the  nearest railway station to Satpura Tiger Reserve. It is around 66 km from the reserve.

By Rail

By Rail

Satpura Tiger Reserve is close to Bhopal city which is well connected to the major cities of India. 

Satpura National Park's distance from important cities

From By Air+Road (Hrs) By Road By Rail+Road (Hrs)
New Delhi 1.30 Air + 3.30 Road 15.30 Hrs   12 Rail + 1.00  Road
Nagpur NA 6.00 Hrs

3.00 Rail + 1.00 Road

Mumbai 1.30 Air + 2.00 Road 23.00 Hrs 15.00 Rail + 1 Road
Bangaluru 2 Air + 2 Road 26.00 Hrs 29.30 Rail + 3.00 Road
Bhopal NA 3.30 Hrs 1.30 Rail + 1.00 Road
Jabalpur NA 3.00 Hrs 3.30 Rail + 1.00 Road
Indore NA 12.00 Hrs 9.30 Rail + 0.30 Road
Ahmedabad 1.30 Air + 4.00 Road 16.00 Hrs 15.30 Rail

 

Distance from other Parks & Reserves
From Time to arrive
Pench Tiger Reserve 6 Hours
Kanha Tiger Reserve 7 Hours
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve 9 Hours
Tadoba Tiger Reserve 9 Hours
Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary 8 Hours
Corbett National Park 3.50 Hrs Air + 5 Hrs Road
Tippeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary 9.30 Hours

Things you should carry with you

Essential things to carry for your Satpura Tiger Safari

Your DSLR or Camera to capture your memorable safari moment.

Binoculars to view the wildlife from a safe distance.

Plenty of water to keep you dehydrated on a sunny day.

Hat & Shades to protect from direct sunlight.

Bandanna or Cotton Scarf to cover your face and avoid dust.

Winter wear or jacket if you are doing a safari during winter. It really gets cold very quickly after sunsets in Jungle.

Rain Cover to save you and your gears from water during rain.

Satpura can get really colder very quickly in the evening so consider carrying woolens in the afternoon safari in Satpura during winter’s season.

Items to carry in Jungle Safari

Some History of Satpura Tiger Reserve

The park got its name from the Satpura Range. Satpura is a Sanskrit word that means “seven mountains” (sapta means “seven” and pura means “mountain”). 

Satpura was designated as a Tiger Reserve in the year 2000, and thus it is also known as Satpura Tiger Reserve. 

The Central India region is home to two significant mountain ranges: the Vindhyachal range and the Satpura range. Both mountain ranges are important forest areas in the Central India region, providing habitat for a wide range of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since time immemorial, these mountain ranges have had untouched forest areas where human society has avoided destroying or establishing their accommodation.

history of Satpura tiger reserve

There are still some tribal peoples who have cut themselves off from the mainstream of human society. The Satpura range forest area is regarded as a focal point for archaeology of human evolution, as it contains a large number of sites with rock shelters and rock painting ranging in age from 1500 to 10000 years. Tigers, deer, lions, elephants, porcupines, and other animals can be seen in these photographs. It means that elephants and lions were present in these forest areas in the past. Satpura National Park is also very close to the world-famous Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Satpura Safari Tours

Satpura Budget Tour

Satpura Budget Safari

Satpura is a great destination to have a good time on a budget. We've put together a low-cost safari package for you that covers four days and three nights in the park.

Satpura Weekend Tour

Satpura Weekend Safari

Weekend safari packages with two Tiger Safaris are also available for wildlife enthusiasts who want to discover the splendor of the forest without disrupting their weekday schedule.

Satpura Night Safari Tour

Satpura Night Safari

Our Satpura night safari tour is an excursion that will introduce you to the nocturnal animals under the carpet of shiny stars and glowing moon.

Why visit Satpura?

Along with the thrill of a tiger safari, Satpura national park also offers the feel of a hill station. It is a beautiful paradise treasured with a variety of flora and fauna. Besides going on a tiger safari, Satpura also offers walking, cycling, boating, and trekking fun.

Satpura General Info Card

Total Area: 2133 Sq. Km

Location: Hoshangabad, Betul, and Chhindwara Districts

Notified as National Park: 1981

Notified as Tiger Reserve: 2000

Nearest Airport: Bhopal (3.30 Hours)

Nearest Railway Junction: Itarsi (2.00 Hours)

Satpura Wildlife Info Card

Carnivorous: Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog

Herbivorous: Chowsingha, Blackbuck, Gaur.

Omnivorous: Wild Boar, Pangolins

Birds: 300 Species of Birds

Satpura Tour Info Card

Ideal Tour Length: 3N4D or 6 Safaris

Can extend with: Kanha, Tadoba, Bandhavgarh

Tour Starting points: Delhi, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur

Is tour Customizable?: Yes

Safari Options: Open Jeep, Canter

Satpura Tiger Reserve FAQs

Where is Satpura National Park situated?

Satpura National Park is situated in the Hoshangabad, Betul, and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh.

How far is Madai safari zone from Itarsi junction?

Madai zone of Satpura national park is approximately 60 Km from Itarsi railway junction airport. It will take around 2 hours to cover this distance by car.

How many tigers are there in Satpura National Park?

According to the 2018 tiger census, there are around 50 tigers living in the Satpura National Park.

Satpura National Park is famous for what?

Satpura Tiger Reserve is famous for tiger safari where you will get a chance to spot any of the 52 species of mammals, 31 species of reptiles, and 300 species of birds. It is also famous for cycling, canoeing, and trekking safaris.

How far is Pipariya from Satpura National Park?

Pipariya is approximately 40 Km from Satpura National Park. It will take around 1 hour to cover this distance by car or cab.

How much a Tiger Safari costs in Satpura Tiger Reserve?

For 6 person open Gypsy Tiger Safari, It will cost around Rs 7000/- in Satpura  Park. including the guide and park entry fee.

How much distance and time does it takes to reach Satpura National Park from Hoshangabad?

The distance between Hoshangabad and Satpura national park is just 63 km. It takes only 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach the national park from Hoshangabad.

Satpura National Park is a part of which biosphere reserve?

Satpura Tiger Reserve is a part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve.

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