Pristine Tawa & Madai

38.1 23 Jun 2024

  • The scenic beauty of Tawa dam and reservoir on the Tawa river
  • Forms the western boundary of Satpura National Park and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Madai is located at the entrance of the Satpura forest
  • Madai - a reserved forest and an integral part of the Satpura Biosphere Project

Pristine Tawa & Madai

The raw wilderness and absolute tranquillity of Tawa dam and Madai reserve forest attracts tourists in good numbers. Located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, these are hot spots in monsoon. This place offers a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is set amidst lush greenery, and offers much scope for adventure. The western boundary of Satpura National Park and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary is formed by the Tawa dam & reservoir.

The densely forested Satpura ranges around Pachmarhi are popular for the greenery which has spawned its biodiversity. Covering the total area of 4,926 sq kms, Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve is spread across three districts of Madhya Pradesh. Satpura National Park is the core zone whereas the Panchmarhi and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary constitute the buffer zone. In the northwestern side of the National Park, Tawa Reservoir is a man made lake formed by the dam on the Tawa river.


No less than a natural paradise, the Tawa Dam & Reservoir exhibits raw wilderness and absolute tranquillity. It is settled on the banks of the Tawa River situated in the Hoshangabad district. You can reach Tawa dam after a two-and-a-half-hour ride from Bhopal. After reaching Tawa, you can experience an amazing cruise ride which takes you on a serene hour-long ride along the dreamy little islands dotting the reservoir and the panoramic hills of the Satpura to Churna. The lake ride is even more captivating since it leads to a serene glimpse of Satpura and Churna.

A short trip to Tawa dam and a stay at MPT Tawa Resort can get you completely in sync with the magic of nature. The rooms in this resort are designed to capture the full view of the dam. The resort has a beautiful infinity swimming pool and in-house restaurant to serve the guests.


After spending a day viewing the amazing Tawa dam, you can head towards Madai. It is a part of the reserved forest and an integral part of the Satpura Biosphere Project. It is located at the entrance of the most exquisite and beautiful forests in India - Satpura. It delights you with its rich wildlife, sprawling meadows, unending backwaters and spell-binding views that leave you awestruck. At Madai and Satpura Tiger Reserve you can indulge in a jungle safari and have an amazing wildlife and bird watching experience.

You have two options for transportation: an early boat from Tawa, or a road trip. You may watch the dawn and have breakfast with your family on the boat in the interim.

After arriving, check in at the lovely Bison Resort witnessing the beautiful riverside. This beautiful resort is nestled at the backwaters of Tawa Reservoir and is very well known for its excellent cottages and wildlife sightings right from the balconies.


Satpura National Park is highly recognised for its tranquil surroundings and its rich flora and fauna. The Satpura range, which has many towering hills and stunning waterfalls, is bordered by the Pachmarhi and Bori Sanctuaries. The experience of a river and a forest safari can be experienced in this national park of central India. A night Jungle safari in the buffer zone is another option for experiencing night-time activity, along with the normal morning safaris. Your journey will undoubtedly take you to the serene habitat of a variety of species, including the leopard, sambar, chital, nilgai, flying squirrel, and Indian giant squirrel, as well as a rich flora that includes sal, teak, tendu, mahua, bel, bamboo, and medicinal plants.

Book your stay at the MPT Satpura Retreat, a heritage hotel with a colonial building and happens to be one of the premium properties in Pachmarhi. Its location on elevation is its added feature.


By Air: The closest airport is Raja Bhoj Airport of Bhopal, which is about 70 kilometres from Narmadapuram and 120 kilometres from Tawa. Raja Bhoj Airport has daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai and is well connected to more than 11 major cities of India. Taxis are widely accessible from Bhopal to Tawa.

By Train: To get to Tawa, the closest railroad station is Narmadapuram. Narmadapuram railway station is 25 kilometres away from Tawa and is partially connected to railway stations of nearby cities. By Road: Narmadapuram is the route that connects Tawa.

By road: Tawa is 25 kilometres from Narmadapuram. You can hire a cab from the stand, which would not take more than 30 minutes to reach the Tiger Reserve. This road is well linked to other State Highways of Madhya Pradesh.

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MPT Tawa Resort, Tawa

Price: INR 3890 - 4890 Phone: (07572) 273017

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Bison Resort, Madhai

Price: INR 3590 - 4490 Phone: 9425011294

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