SAMARDHA JUNGLE CAMP
Samardha Jungle Camp is situated 30 km from Bhopal and is the first community based ecotourism destination of Madhya Pradesh. It has been a popular getaway for the people of Bhopal for quite some time. Samardha is a small village, situated in the dense forests, nearly 21 km north east of Bhopal. It has been a popular getaway for the people of Bhopal for quite some time. The MP Ecotourism Board has trained and supported a group of village youth to start ecotourism operations as a livelihood. This group now offers ethnic food, bird watching, camping, biking, rock climbing, rappelling and miscellaneous adventure opportunities to visitors from Bhopal. A forest rest house and two prefab cottages provide the core of the accommodation while extra tents can be pitched in the rest house compound to accommodate larger groups. Samardha is quite popular with the local corporate staff for team building exercises. Spectacular rock formations, dense forests and wildlife are the main natural features of the destination.
KERWA JUNGLE CAMP
Kerwa reservoir situated on the outskirts of the city of Bhopal, along with the local hills, and forests is a popular weekend getaway for the people of Bhopal. Kerwa Jungle Camp is one of the famous urban getaways of Bhopal. Situated at the sylvan surroundings of Kerwa Dam, it is a must visit place for every individual. Kerwa Jungle Camp offers blend of Adventure and Recreational activities which tourist seldom find anywhere in MP. The south-East Asia longest twin Zip, Kayaking & Rappelling are major attractions of Kerwa. Combined with ethos of Nature Conservation & Community Participation Kerwa offers unlimited thrill, pleasure to an eco-traveller and adventure seeker.
The attractions include undulating rocky terrain, balancing rocks, ridges and valleys, dam, rock paintings, rock shelters, numerous religious centers and public places. The forest cover acts as shelters for the large variety of resident and migratory birds. The wild life population in the reserve consists of Leopard, Sloth Bear, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Monkeys and Langoors.
KATHOTIYA JUNGLE CAMP
Kathotia is a small forest village only 17 km from the capital, nestled among sylvan hills, ancient cave paintings, wildlife, with excellent opportunities for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling, trekking etc. Kathotia is a small forest village only 17 km south from the capital, nestled among sylvan hills, ancient cave paintings, wildlife, with excellent opportunities for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling, trekking etc. The Kathotia Adventure Camp is managed by a group of local tribal youth and offers an excellent outing for the people of Bhopal, combining nature, adventure and heritage walks along ancient rock paintings, similar to the ones found at Bhim Bathika. The camp has a basic tented accommodation and serves local ethnic cuisine and cultural fare.
KUKRU JUNGLE CAMP
Situated on the border of Maharashtra near the Melghat tiger reserve, Kukru offers breathtaking views of dense forests, hills and tribal life. The famous Kukru forest rest house, in Betul district has been popular with the residents of Amrawati for a long time. The Board is developing the basic infrastructure near the rest house for visitors. The Board proposes to outsource the ecotourism activities to private operators who can provide a rich and diverse experience to the visitors and generate employment for local People.
Deori National Chambal Sanctuary
Hailed as one of the cleanest rivers of India, Chambal (National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary) has long been the backbone of the national efforts for saving the endangered gharial and mugger crocodiles. The river offers breathtaking views of the ravine architecture of the famed badlands of Chambal Valley, in profile, and fleeting glimpses of the rare gangetic dolphin which was once believed to be extinct. The river also attracts thousands of migratory birds each winter, the flamingos rendering the river into a mythical fairyland. Situated at a stoneâ€™s throw from Agra, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur and Gwalior, this riverine treasure offers potential to become a major attraction for nature lovers.
TIGHRA JUNGLE CAMP
Tighra dam has been constructed on Sank River in 1916. This dam has been constructed in the vicinity of eleven villages. The villagers depend on this dam for their irrigation, drinking and domestic purpose. Moreover, the dam also provides the water required for the drinking purpose in the Gwalior City. After the construction of the dam the area became a suitable habitat for several birds and this area was later declared as a Bird Sanctuary.
Ghughua Fossil Park
The Ghughwa Fossil National Park in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh is a unique destination in India. It has blessed with priceless treasure of plant fossils that have dated 65 million years old. It is believed to be of time Gondwana Supercontinent. It lies on tourism route of Bandhavgarh to Kanha national park or vice versa. While traveling from Kanha to Bandhavgarh or vice versa, tourists often take small halt here to visit Ghughua Fossil Park. It is also just at 14 Kms diversion from Shahpura on the route Jabalpur to Amarkantak route. Travallers going to Amarkantak from Jabalpur or vice versa can take diversion at Shahpura to Ghughuwa.
These fossils were found in year 1970 and Ghughua Fossil National Park was declared as national park in year 1983. Here well-preserved fossils of woody plants, climbers, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds have been showcased with informative notes. Dicotyledons and palm fossil woods are particularly numerous. Such plants are not found in Central India. These fossils represent a period in the history of the Earth that is highly significant for the vegetational history of India. Now a days we can see their modern form. It is open for visitors on all the days of a week from sunrise to sunset. In order to visit this park, visitors have to take entrance ticket by making the payment.
|Situated in the pristine natural environment, it also has a small play garden for children||Informative and illustrative Fossils museum: Depicting the process of continental drift, fossils formation process, types of fossils.|
|Fossils of Coconut tree||Fossils of Coconut tree|
|Fossilized seeds, these seeds are millions of year old and give
information about the plants species that were prevalent in the area
|Fossilized Banana with seeds|
The fossil record of Ghughua consists of mainly plants belonging to the topmost Cretaceous to early Tertiary periods dating back to about 65 million years. So far 31 genera belonging to 18 families have been identified. There is a preponderance of palms and di-cotyledons. Fossils of eucalyptus trees, found here are native to Australia which indicates of time when Great Gondwana Supercontinent was existing on earth. Other fossilized plants includes ancient Date Palm, bottle brush, pogestemon, banana.In addition to this, fossils of some shell bearing animals have also been found which indicates that, in past, this region was much more humid and receives more rainfall.
HOW TO REACH
Ghughuwa is uniquely located on the way to Kanha National Park from Bandhavgarh National park. distances and direction from various places is given below :
|Sr No.||Distance From||Distance||Direction|
|1.||Jabalpur||85 Km||Get Direction|
|2.||Bandhavgarh||97 Km||Get Direction|
|3.||Kanha National Park||118 Km||Get Direction|
|4.||Shahpura Town||19 Km||Get Direction|
|5.||Amarkantak||154 Km||Get Direction|
|6.||Umaria||130 Km||Get Direction|
Kerwa Zip line
Board has established twin zip line project for development of adventure activities in Kerwa. The activity is operated by Flying Fox under operations management agreement.