Bird Watching In Satpura
Satpura is relatively newer park accessible from Pipariya station (50 kms) or Bhopal (140 kms). Satpura lies on a plateau surrounded by the reserve formed by the Tawa Dam makes it one of the most spectacular sanctuary for game drives in Central India.
Satpura has more than 150 species of birds recorded, Migratory as well as resident. The rivers and waterholes and the tree cover provides excellent nesting grounds for a variety birds.
The Sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies and the luxury of exploring this 1,500 square km expanse makes for an excellent experience.
Safaris - Jeep Safaris are arranged by the jungle lodges (Morning and Afternoon safaris - 3-4 hours each). Boat Safaris and Canoe safaris are also arranged here. Boat safaris are popular for a bird watchers.
For Wildlife travellers / Bird watchers, Madhai gate is best suited as there is one core (Madhai) and two Buffer areas where wildlife can be sighted. Holiday travellers staying at Pachmarhi look to use Panaarpani gate for safaris, instead of travelling all the way to Madhai (100 kms).
For well heeled travellers Churna Gate (FRH Stay) is another option which can be combined with a Madhai lodge stay. There is also a trekking option available for groups looking to trek from Madhai side to Pachmarhi (and back) through Satpura National Park (Prior permission and camping arrangements can be organised).
Seasonality - Oct-March is considered good for Bird watching from Migratory Birds perspective.