Fossil National Park is located in Dindori
district in Madhya Pradesh. The unique thing
about this park is that the vegetations are in
the form of fossils that existed in the country
almost 40 million to 150 million years ago.
About the Park
The total area of the park is about 274,100 square metres and is spread over seven villages of Mandla District which include Umaria, Ghuguwa, Barbaspur, Deorakhurd, Chargaon, Chanti-hills and Deori Kohan.
The fossils of the plants and the trees in this region enable the archeologists to comprehend how Madhya Pradesh used to be millions of years ago. The absence of dicotyledons in the fossil remains of the Fossil National Park indicates that plants during those periods were still in an early stage of evolution. A new fossil location has been found in the village of Dhangoan (Babaliya) Mandla. This new fossil region is spread over an area of about 5000 square metre and contains leaf impressions, wood fossils, fruit fossils etc.
The park is open all the year round. However the best time is between November and May. Rainy season, even though are pleasant and cool, can really play a spoilsport. Moreover, it is difficult to recognize a fossil from its significance and age in the rain. For accurate information about the fossils the tourists can visit the Interpretation center that has been created for the purpose. Proper accommodation facilities can be found in the small town of Mandla.
How to reach
Fossil National Park is situated approximately 76 km away from Jabalpur and about 14 km from Shahpura. The park is located on National Highway No 11. Mandla is the main gateway to the park and is well connected by roads with Shahpura, Jabalpur and other cities and town of Madhya Pradesh. To reach the park one has to board Shahpura national bus from Mandla. The fossil park is located in the middle of this route.