Kanha – Bandhavgarh (240 km/5 hrs drive)
On the way from Kanha to Bandhavgarh you can halt at Mandla Cafeteria where from 15 kms at Phoolsagar you cross the holy river Narmada. Heading on 35 kms is Niwas from where you can visit the National Fossil Park Gughua which although doesn’t have well maintained utilities, still can be managed by tipping the driver. The vegetation that pre-dominates this region is Mahua ( local fruit used for food & drinks ) and Biddi-patta ( rolled-up for smoking ). There is a local tribal market held every Friday near Niwas. ( Pix)
From Umaria to Bandhavgarh it takes 45mins to 1 hr. At Umaria there is an arrangement of a Hotel to freshen-up, where you only have to pay for the refreshments and not the room. Umaria has its own airstrip accessible through the charter or else by train you can arrive at 5:40 am by Utkal express.
From Mandla to Phoolsagar is a single road, Niwas upto Umaria is a double road.Umaria to Dhamokhar is an excellent road and onward from Dhamokar upto Tala the road is not repaired due to fencing being done. Nearing Bandhavgarh you might see a tigress/tigers.