About the Reserve

Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden jewel, which is rich in flora and fauna and wide variety of birds and mammals call it their home. Situated in Raisen and Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, it spreads over 825.90 sq km. Sitting in the lap of Vindyan hills, the sanctuary encompasses a World Heritage Site “Bhimbetka Rock Shelters” and many other historical and religious destinations like Ginnourgarh Fort, POW camp, Keri Mahadeo, Ratapani dam, Jholiyapur dam etc. Its close proximity to the capital Bhopal and its relatively untouched forests makes it a promising attraction for tourists.

Addresses and contact details:
Office of Superintendent Ratapani,
Obedullaganj Division,
Obedullaganj, Madhya Pradesh – 464993
Email: dfotogunj@mp.gov.in, wlsratapani.og@gmail.com
Contact details: +919630771471, +919926723590
  • Flora & Fauna
  • The forest in Ratapani is dry deciduous and moist deciduous type, with one of the finest teak (Tectona grandis) as the main tree species. About 55 percent of area is covered by teak. The remaining mixed forests consist of various dry deciduous species. Bamboo forest and evergreen Saja Forest in between provides the variety a tourist asks for.
  • Sanctuary is home to more than 35 species of mammals, 33 species of reptiles, 14 species of fishes and 10 species of amphibians. 104 species of butterflies welcome tourists with gorgeous and attractive colors. Rhythmic sounds of 249 species of birds, wind and water easily takes away all the tension from one’s mind and fill it with positive vibes.
  • More than 40 tigers can make your day with their majestic carefree walk. Many other species such as leopard, sloth bear, hyena, spotted deer, sambar deer etc. are also there to show you, their home.
  • Best Time to visit
  • The best time to visit sanctuary is 15 October to 15 June.

Tourism Zone & Carrying Capacity

Ratapani sanctuary has 3 gates, Jhiri, Delawadi and Bhimbetka. For Jhiri and Delawadi gates safari can be booked through online as well as at the entry gate and tourists get entry through vehicles registered with sanctuary only. For Bhimbetka, safari can be booked offline only and tourists can go by their private vehicles.
Zone Round Vehicles for Online Full Vehicle Permit Vehicles for Online Single seat Permit DFO Quota (Full Vehicle Permit) Vehicles for Single seat Permit at Tourism Gate Entry gate
Jhiri Morning 2 1 1 1* Jhiri
Jhiri Evening 2 1 1 1* Jhiri
Delawadi Morning 1 0 1 1* Delawadi
Delawadi Evening 1 0 1 1* Delawadi
*Vehicles which are not booked through online and DFO quota mode will also be available for booking at Tourism gate.
  • Weather

Ratapani being situated in Central India is subjected to extreme and tropical weather. Monsoon arrives in the second week of June. The average temperature over the months is as below:

Months Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min (°C) 4 12 18 24 30 30 25 24 22 20 18 8
Max (°C) 18 30 36 40 42 30 36 38 36 38 26 18


  • Accommodation available with Park Management
No Accommodation is available with park management.
  • Private Accomodation
Private hotels and resorts are available nearby gates of Jhiri and Delawadi, which can be booked by tourists by contacting the respective hotel management.

Connectivity & Distances

Nearest Airport: Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur
Nearest Railway station: Bhopal, Narmadapuram
Road: Jabalpur ,Nagpur, Balaghat, Mandla
Kanha Tiger Reserve has three entry points, namely, Khatia, Mukki and Sarhi.

Jhiri Gate: 34 Km from Bhopal Railway Station, 75 km from Narmadapuram Railway Station, 41 km From Bhopal Airport, 211km from Indore Airport, 330 km from Jabalpur Airport.
Delawadi Gate: 52 Km from Bhopal Railway Station, 53 km from Narmadapuram Railway Station, 64 km From Bhopal Airport, 253 km from Indore Airport, 310 km from Jabalpur Airport.
Bhimbetka Gate: 44 Km from Bhopal Railway Station, 33 km from Narmadapuram Railway Station, 55 km From Bhopal Airport, 243 km from Indore Airport, 298 km from Jabalpur Airport.
Jhiri Gate Delawadi Gate
Entry Permit Fee Vehicle Fee Guide Fee Entry Permit Fee Vehicle Fee Guide Fee
Full Vehicle Permit 750 3000 480 750 2600 480
Single Seat Permit for Adult 125 3000/n 480/n 125 2600/n 480/n
Single Seat Permit for Children 65 3000/n 480/n 65 2600/n 480/n

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