List of National Parks + Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh (M.P)

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Here are the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. Each park has its own unique beauty and wildlife, making it a great place to explore and learn about the natural world.

Madhya Pradesh Wildlife: Explore National Parks & Sanctuaries

Madhya Pradesh is known as the “Heart of India” because of its geographical location. It is the fifth-largest state in central India. This state is fully enriched by its culture and amazing biodiversity. Several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries made this state more beautiful. The river Narmada is the longest in MP.

 Number of National Parks 9
 Number of Wildlife Sanctuary 25
 Number of Tiger Reserve 6

What is a National Park? National Parks are an area of the countryside protected by the state or the central govt. for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife under sec.35. or sec.38 or deemed, under sub-section (3) of sec.66.

National Parks MP

There are nine major national parks in the Madhya Pradesh state of India. They are:-

#1 Kanha National Park :

Kanha National Park also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest National Parks in Madhya Pradesh or MP. It is extended over 950 square km in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat of MP. This was established in 1955 and after the year 1973, It was made Kanha Tiger Reserve Zone.  It is famous for its Royal Bengal Tiger. This park is described as the “spirit of the Indian jungle“.

kanha national park

Kanha Museum: The Kanha Museum inside the park provides information about the flora, fauna, and tribal culture of the region, offering an educational experience for visitors.

#2 Satpura National Park:

Satpura National Park covers an area of 530 square kilometers in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India. This national park was established in 1981. This is the third-largest national park in Madhya Pradesh in India. It is famous for leopards and tigers. Other animals such as fox, flying squirrel, chital, sambar, and various types of deer are making this place rich in biodiversity.

satpura national park

#3 Panna National Park:

Panna National Park covers an area of 550 square km in the district of Panna and Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. This park received the Award of Excellence in 2007 from the Ministry of Tourism in India for its best maintenance.  This was established in 1981 and after the year 1994, it was made 22nd Tiger Reserve in India. This is famous for tiger and leopard. Around these there are other animals like chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar, and sloth bear are also found here. This is the second-largest national park in Madhya Pradesh.

#4 Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park was declared in the year 1968. It covers an area of about 440 square km in the district of  Umaria in Madhya Pradesh. This is infamous for the Royal Bengal Tiger. The majestic white tiger, Mohan was found at Bandhavgarh is the first time in India. There are thirty-seven types of animals, over 200 types of birds and a large number of butterflies making this place very rich in biodiversity.

#5 Sanjay National Park:

Some part of Sanjay National Park is located in the Kariya, Sidhi and Singrauli districts of Madhya Pradesh and the other part is in Chattisgarh. It is established in the year 1981. it extended over a 470 square kilometer area.

#6 Van Vihar National Park

Van Vihar National Park is situated in Bhopal which is the capital city of MP. The area of this park is only 4.5 square km. This is very unique because in such a small area all the common animals are found to see here. It was created in the year of 1979 and managed as a Zoological park. This is famous for The gharial, also known as the gavial or fish-eating crocodile.

#7 Pench National Park:

Pench National Park was initially a wildlife sanctuary in 1965, but after the year 1975, it received the status of a National Park. Again after 1992, it was created as the tiger reserve. This is extended over the Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh and occupies an area of about 295 sq km. It is famous for rafting.

#8 Mandla Plant Fossils National Park:

Mandla Plant Fossils National Park is the smallest national park in Madhya Pradesh. It covers an area of about 0.3 sq km. Being covered in such a small area it received the status of a national park in the year 1983. It is located in the district Dindori of MP. It is famous for the Fossil of a bottle palm

#9 Madhav National Park

Madhav National Park is famous for its various types of deer. This is established in the year 1958. The major attraction that remains in these parks is the elephant. It is extended over 260 sq km. It is located in the Shivpuri District of MP. This is famous for deer and tigers and deer.

Wildlife Sanctuary in MP:

There are 25 major wildlife sanctuaries in this state. They are –

1> Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 520 sq km

Location: Hoshangabad

2> Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 480 sq km

Location: Sindh district

3> Sidhi Phen Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 111 sq km

Location: Mandla

4> Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 512 sq km

Location: Gwalior

5> Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 370 sq km


6> Karera Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 200 sq km

Location: Shivpuri

7> Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 46 sq km

Location: Chhatarpur, Panna

8> Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 123 sq km

Location: Dewas, Sehore

9> Narsinghgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 58 sq km

Location: Rajgarh

10> National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 321 sq km

Location: Morena

11> Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 1,195 sq km

Location: Sagar

12> Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 462 sq km

Location: Hoshangabad

13> Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 246 sq km

Location: Shahdol

14> Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 346 sq km

Location: Sheopur and Morena districts

15> Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 820 sq km

Location: Raisen

16> Sanjay-Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 365 sq km

Location: Sidhi

17> Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 290 sq km

Location: Raisen

18> Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 40 sq km

Location:  Sidhi

19> Sardarpur Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 350 sq km

Location: Dhar

20> Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 13 sq km

Location: Ratlam

21> Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary Indore

Area: 2.4 sq km

Location: Indore

22> Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary Tikamgarh

Area: 3.2 sq km

Location: Tikamgarh

23> Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 70 sq km

Location: Chhatarpur

24> Veerangna Wildlife Durgawati Sanctuary

Location: Damoh

Area: 24 sq km

Tiger Reserve In MP

There are six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh. They are:-

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Location: Umaria

No of Tigers: 68 tigers in 2014

Area: 550 sq km

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Location: Mandla, Balaghat

No of Tigers: 60 in 2010

Area: 940 sq km

Pench Tiger Reserve

Location: Seoni district of MP, Chhindwara

No of Tigers: 44 in 2017

Area: 300 sq km

Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve

Location: Sidhi District, Singrauli

No of Tigers: 6 in 2004

Area: 1450 sq km

Satpura Tiger Reserve

Location: Hoshangabad

No of Tigers: 65-70 in 2018

Area: 1340 sq km

Panna Tiger Reserve

Location: Panna

No of Tigers: more than 30 tigers after 2009

Area: 540 sq km.

How many National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries are in Madhya Pradesh? There are NINE national parks, SIX tiger reserves, and TWENTY-FIVE wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh (MP). A complete list with a short description of these national parks and wildlife sanctuaries is bellowed. All the names of national parks in MP have to be remembered as general knowledge for your upcoming competitive examinations like IAS, UPSC, SSC, CGL, Banking, Railway Group D, etc.