Located between the Kanha and the Bandhavgarh national parks in the Mandla district, the site is rich in fossils, said to be around sixty million years old. These fossils have helped to unfold the mysteries of the evolution process of plant kingdom and animals. Ghughva, the main site of the fossil park is about 6.84 acres in extent along with three other associated sites, Umaria-Silther (23.02 acres), Deori Khurd (16.53 acres) and Barbaspur (21.35 acres).

It is very rich in large fossil trunks, fossil fruits and a variety of quartz stones. Fossils of Hyphaene seen in Ghughva- a variety still living in the African continent, further suggests that once India was a part of the African continent. Four km away from Ghughva, near the village Umaria, a good number of fossils are also seen at Umaria- Silther. At Deori-Khurd (9km from Shahpura) and Barbaspur (2 km from Manikpur) site fossilized trunks are also seen in standing position. In Mandla district, many sites of the fossils are found and most of the paleobotanical antiquated relics belonging to the Deccan intertrappean series. Fossils have always facilitated the scientific understanding of our old civilization.

How to reach;

The nearest airport and rail head to visit the unique site is Jabalpur (76 km) and the park is open throughout the year.

Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.



Source: http://www.mp.gov.in/web/guest/wildlife