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Mandla Tourism

Nestled amongst the mountains in the lap of nature, the city of Mandla in MP is an important spot on the tourist map of the state. The natural & mesmerizing beauty of the city will truly amaze you. Picturesquely located in a loop of the free flowing Narmada River there is greenery all around. The world famous Tiger Sanctuary - Kanha National Park is present in Mandla city which draws hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts & tourists to the place. Besides this the city is also famous for number of other tourist attractions like the various Ghats situated on the River Narmada, Sahastradhara, Ramnagar Fort / Mandla Fort, Begum Mahal, Garam Pani Kund, etc.

Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park

A place greatly influenced by the tribal culture, a trip to Mandla will give the visitors a glimpse of the rich culture, lifestyle, religious beliefs & handicrafts of the tribal communities living here. Mandla has many hotels and lodges providing you with all the basic facilities to make your stay comfortable. Being well-connected by a good transport network one easily reach the Mandla city and the nearby places; so plan a trip to this amazing city and get soaked in its warm hospitality, scenic beauty, rich traditions & splendid wildlife.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Mandla will be from October to March when the weather is pleasant and it becomes quiet convenient to explore the tourist places the city has to offer.

Famous Tourist Destinations In & Around Mandla

Ramnagar Fort / Mandla Fort

Monuments in Mandla
Mandla Fort

The Mandla city is located in the loop formed by the Narmada River and its tributaries; situated here is the historical Ramnagar Fort / Mandla Fort which was constructed by the Gond Kings in the late 17th century. Located nearly 24 kms from the Mandla city it is also called as Moti Mahal and an architectural marvel and is known for its three- storey strategic design. The cleverly designed fort was built on the banks of the Narmada River so that the river formed a natural defence from three sides. When on a trip to Mandla do not forget to visit this historical place.

Kanha National Park

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mandla, the Kanha Tiger Reserve or National Park is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura mountain range. Given the status of a national park in 1955, Kanha is also known as the tiger land, with several tigers & tigresses inhabiting the region. Being reserved forest hunting is strictly prohibited here. Providing a safe place for the rapidly declining population of tigers the Project Tiger is being implemented here with complete sincerity. Wild Dogs, Indian Barasingha, Spotted Deers, Leopard, Swamp Deer, Sambar, Wild Pigs, Grey Langur and over 300 species of birds are the other inhabitants of this region. A must see place for the wildlife enthusiasts; one can take a jungle safari either on open jeeps or by elephant rides. Shravan Chita, Shravan Tal, Macha Dongar & Bamni Dadar are other places of interest in this park from where one can get a breathtaking view of the sunset. There is an orientation centre/museum and grasslands of Mukki and Sonf which further engage the tourists and provide them all the interesting trivia about the amazing tigers.

Ghats at the Bank of River Narmada

The river Narmada surrounds the Mandla city from three sides giving it an un-matched natural beauty; constructed on the banks of river Narmada are various Ghats which attract visitors from far & wide. Some of the famous Ghats include the Rangrez Ghat, Rapta Ghat, Nav Ghat, Nao Ghat and Sangam Ghat; these ghats are not only for recreational purpose but also have religious & historical significance. Many small temples, streams of the river, old & new bridges and a beautiful view of the sunset make the visit to these Ghats complete.


Narmada, counted as one of the sacred rivers of India flows through the city of Mandla. On reaching near Mandla the river flows on a rocky bed and its currents are so numerous that the spot is known as Sahastradhara literally meaning thousand flows. A very popular destination amongst the tourists and locals alike the place showcases a unique natural beauty formed by water dripping from thousand deep narrow channels of magnesium, limestone and basalt rocks forming an amazing grid like pattern. A Sahastradhara Temple is also located here where people come to pray in large numbers.

Garam Pani Kund

Situated at a distance of nearly 18 kms from the city of Mandla is the famous Garam Pani Kund or well of hot water. Popular for its unique & magical sulphur rich water it is believed that water of the well was blessed by Lord Vishnu decades ago to cure the people who were suffering from plague. The place has a natural scenic beauty to it and is surrounded by lush greenery all around. Scientific studies have been conducted on this water from time to time and it has been established by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that the water in Garam Pani Kund can cure certain skin diseases. So the Garam Pani Kund in Mandla is a place of religious & medicinal importance and is visited by hundreds of people every year.

Begum Mahal

Located nearly 3 kms away from the Mandla Fort/Moti Mahal is another fort called the Begum Mahal. Constructed in the honour of Rani Chimney, this Mahal or palace has a beautiful three storyed rectangular masterpiece reminiscent of the Mughal style of architecture. The Begum Mahal was built from black stones which were brought from a spot known as Kala Pahad situated 4 Kms away.

What to Shop for in Mandla ?

Mandla is famous for its unique tribal handicrafts which can be brought from the main market or the local artisans living there. These handicrafts truly depict the rich culture & heritage of the Mandla district.

Where to Stay in Mandla ?

A variety of accommodation options like hotels & guest-houses are present in Mandla to suit every need, it is though advisable to do prior bookings to avoid last minute hassle. Online bookings can also be done from the various travel websites or the government tourism website beforehand. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Corporation (MPTC) also operates many hotels and lodges in the city for the convenience of the tourists so that they can have a comfortable & enjoyable stay in Mandla.

Hotel Van Vilas Kanha
Address: Kanha, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh
Contact: 097550 89323

Hotel Mrid Kishor
Address: Mandla, MP State Highway – 40, Madhya Pradesh

R K Hotel
Address: NH 12A, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

Wild Chalet Resort
Address: Village - Mocha, Mandla 481768, India
Contact: 099674 13331

Vanya Resort - Kanha
Address: Village Khatia, Kanha National Park, Mandla 481768, India

United-21 Tiger's Habitat
Address: Village-Mocha | District -Mandla, Mandla 481468, India
Contact: 022 6184 1444

The Sanjay Tiger Resort
Address: Kanha National Park, Village P.O. Mocha, Dist. Mandla 4826001, India
Contact: 075097 10992

Where to Eat in Mandla ?

Feeling hungry after all the sightseeing; go and savour the delicious food served by many restaurants and food joints in Mandla. Located in the center of the Mandla city is the ever-popular Mandla Chowpati where one can get mouth-watering street-food like Kamal Chaat, Shrinath Pav-bhaji, dosa, kachodi, phulki and dhabeli. The place is an equal favourite amongst the locals & the tourists and is quiet crowded during the evenings.

Forest Cheif
Address: C/O Pride Tiger Woods Resort & Spa, Kanha National Park, Mandla - 481768, Village Mocha, Kanha Kiali
Contact No.: +(91)-9425821123, 9425417122, 9329379669

Tuli Tiger Dining Hall
Address: C/O Tuli Tiger Resort, Kanha National Park, Mandla - 481768, Village & P O Mocha
Contact No.: +(91)-7489611002, 7489611003 / +(91)-7646-277221, 277251

Pug Mark Restaurant
Address: Kanha National Park, Mandla - 481768, Khatia Village, Kisli Gate
Contact No.: +(91)-9993861089 / +(91)-7646-277291

Wild Chalet Restaurant
Address: Kanha National Park, Mandla - 481768, Village Mocha, Near Kisli Gate
Contact No.: +(91)-9179066066 / +(91)-7646-277203, 277205

Tiger Corridor Restaurant
Address: C/O Tiger Corridor Resort, Kanha National Park, Mandla - 481768, Village & Post Office Mocha
Contact No.: +(91)-7489611006

How to Reach ?

Mandla is well-connected all means of transportation be it roadways, railways or airways thus making it very easy to reach the city and nearby places of tourist attraction. The Mandla Fort Railway Station falling under the South Eastern Railway Zone serves the city with a number of trains passing through Mandla. It is directly connected to cities like Nagpur, Jabalpur, Raipur, etc. A road network comprising of National Highway NH-12A & other arterial roads connect the city to other parts of the country. If you wish to travel by air the nearest airports are Nagpur & Jabalpur situated at a distance of 250 kms & 165 kms respectively from Mandla; on reaching here one can travel further to Mandla by road or train. Many government & private buses, autos, taxis, rickshaws are easily available in all parts of the city for local transportation.

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