Situated in the Dindori District of Madhya Pradesh, the Mandla Fossil National Park has fossil forms that existed in India between 40 million and 150 million years ago. Mandla is one exquisite place in India where a treasure trove of fossils has been found. In fact, those that were found belong to 31 genera of 18 plant families that have been so far identified.
It was found that these fossils were like plants that existed some 65 million years ago. These fossils exist in seven villages of the District. The villagers are Barbaspur, Chanti Hills, Chargaon, Deorakhurd, Deora Khoani, Ghuguwa and Umaria. The fossils that were found were that of plants, climbers, leaves, seeds, flowers and fruits.
Yet another location where fossils have been found is the Dhangaon village where fossils of wood, leaf impressions and of fruits were found. The area covered is around 5000 square metres. There are three other villages where fossils have been found but they exist outside the perimeter of the Park.
In and Around
In Mandla fossil park, tourists can see fossils showcased in open platforms. Informative notes have been provided in written format so that tourists may have understanding of what they are watching. In addition to this, a small museum can be seen there seeds and leaf fossils have been preserved and showcased. One can also enjoy its natural surrounding. Their is no more activity or attractions here. Time taken to visit this park varies with visitors interest in subject. Usually tourists take 30-45 minutes halt here.
Tourist destinations next to fossil park are Bandhavgarh, Amarkantak, Jabalpur, Kanha national park, Mandla, Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary.
The Park is open throughout the year and is a place to visit anytime of the year. However the best time to visit the Park is from October to February. The Park is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Jabalpur at a distance of 115km which is well connected to all the cities in India and linked with airlines like Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Indian Airlines, etc.
The nearest Railway Stations are at Umaria (65 km) and Jabalpur(115km).
This national park is located on NH11, 76 km from Jabalpur. Nearest Bus stand is at Niwar and the nearest town from the park is Shahpura (13km).
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
There is no accommodation available at the park. Better to stay in Jabalpur which has many hotels of varying levels of luxury that will suit your budget.