Umaria is one of the 48 administrative districts of Madhya Pradesh located towards the northeastern side of the state. It was formerly the headquarter of the South Rewa District and thereafter the headquarter town of the Bandhavgarh tehsil. The district forms a part of Rewa division.

Umaria is famous for the Bandhavgarh National Park (Tala) and Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station Mangthar (Pali). The district is rich in natural resources namely forests and minerals. The most important mineral found in the district is coal and as a result eight mines are being operated by South Eastern Coalfield Limited in the district.

Umaria is enriched with its vast resources of forests and minerals. The coal mines are a steady source of revenue for the district.

Umaria has many places of interest for the tourists and the Bandhavgarh National Park will definitely head the list. The total geographical area of the district sums up to 4548 square kilometers and has a population of 5,15,963. Out of which about 83% population resides in rural areas.

The district has extensive forests. About 42% of the total area is covered by forests only. The District is rich in minerals. The most important mineral found in the district is coal and as a result 8 mines are being operated by South Eastern Coalfield Limited in the district.

The famous Bandhavgarh National Park (Tala) and Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station Mangthar (Pali) are located in the district.

Umaria was formerly the headquarters of the South Rewa District and thereafter the headquarters town of the Bandhavgarh tehsil. It is situated at a distance of about 69 Km. from Shahdol, the parent district. Metalled roads connect the town with Katni, Rewa Shahdol etc., on which regular buses ply.

Location info:

Umaria district is located to the North East of Madhya Pradesh. Mathematically the coordinates of the District extend from 23o38' to 24o20' North and 80o28' to 82o12' East. It has geographical area of 4548 The greatest length of the district is about 150 km. from north to south and the greatest width is about 60km from east to west.


Average Rainfall : 1093 m.m.

Average Max. Temperature :46.2°C

Average Min. Temperature : 1.8°C

History of Umaria

Umaria was a part of Shahdol district. This was separated in 1998. Umariya is ruled by Lodhi Rajputs (Malgujars). This Lodhi Rajput Family has built the famous and important temple of Lakshmi Narayan on southern bank of Narbada Barman ghat. They also built on the steps of the northern bank of Barman ghat Kareli a great gateway called the Hathi Darwaza, as their elephants can pass through it.

Educational Institutions in Umaria:

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya School

Kendriya Vidyalaya School

Maharishi Vidya Mandir School.


Hindi and other regional languages

How to reach Umaria?

Nearest Railway Station:

Umaria is a railway station on the Katni-Bilaspur section of the South-Eastern Railway., 30-km from the main town. It lies on the Katni-Bilaspur section of South-Eastern Railway. Another railhead at a convenient distance is Satna (117-kms) and lies on the Bombay-Howrah main line of the Central Railway.

Nearest Airport:

Khajuraho is the nearest airport, 230-km away from Umaria. There are several domestic airlines operating to andfrom Agra, Delhi, and Varanasi.

Road Transport:

Umaria, being the gateway to Madhya Pradesh is well connected by a network of well maintained roads. The two nearest cities namely, Khajuraho and Jabalpur are located almost at equal distance from Umaria. MPSRTC and privately owned buses ply regularly between Umaria and rest of the state.

Tourist Attraction of Umaria:

Bandhavgarh (The ancient Name is Bandhogarh) National park Village-TALA, Taluka-Bandhavgarh, District-Umaria, (Madhya Pradesh), INDIA -Although Bandhavgarh is a relatively small park in the last few years this former game reserve has become one of India's most prominent National Parks. The major reason for all the interest is Bandhogarh's high density of tigers (The Bagh), which roam the mixed forests of sal ,bamboo and ambilica officinale in search of an easy kill. The tigers (The Bagh) have not only bolstered the local population by breeding success fully, they have also brought international media attention to the park and the plight of the Royal Bengal Tiger.BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK Compact, yet full of game. The density of tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. 60 Tigers at 450 Sq. k.m. area in Bandhavgarh National Park. This is also "WHITE TIGER" country. The last known as captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. This White Tiger "Mohan", is now stuffed and display in the place of Maharajah of Rewa.To reach Bandhavgarh from Umaria there are so many buses ply. To stay, there is so many lodges, like GTV Resort, Phone No. +91 7627 265 314, there is some Dhaba's to get food, like Bansi Dhaba, cell No. 9424 973 602.

Bandhavgarh Fort

Bandhavgarh is the name of tehsil in Umaria District. Formerly it was the capital of the Bandhavgarh Kingdom of the Magha dynasty, then the head-quarters of the tehsil. At present its headquarters is Umaria.

The fort of Bandhavgarh is a place of considerable archaeological and historical importance.

It is a natural impregnable fort and stands on a hill, at an attitude of about 2430 metres above sea-level. The Bamnia hill is also a part of the fort, because it is enclosed by a rampart. The fort is on the Rewa-Umaria road, at a distance of about 41Km from Umaria Town.

Chandia Khas

Chandia is situated on the Umaria-Katni road, at a distance of about 21 km. from Umaria. The railway station of Chandia Khas, known as Chandia railway station.

The most important spot of Chandia Khas is a small temple, enshrining Goddess Kalika. Her mouth is wide open, but her out-stretched tongue is broken. There is also a old temple of god Rama and his consort Janaki. It was the seat of Thakur of Chandia. A small fair meets at Suraswahi Chandia for 3 days in February/March, on the occasion of Shivaratri.

Pali Birsinghpur

Pali is situated on the Umaria-Shahdol road, at a distnace of about 36km. from Umaria. Another road goes from Pali to Mandla via Dindori. Pali is also a railway station, and there is a rest house for the tourists to stay. The Station is known as the Pali-Birsinghpur station. Near the railway station there is a temple, enshrining Birasinidevi. By popular belief she is Goddess Kali, represented here as skeleton Goddess, but with her mouth closed. Many remains of old jain idols kept here in some Hindu temples. The annual fairs are held both in October and March, on the occasion of Navaratri, Near the temple of Goddess.

Umaria Town

The headquarters town of the Umaria district and Bandhavgarh tehsil, formerly umaria was the headquarters of the South Rewa District. It is situated at a distance of about 69 km from Shahdol.

Near the railway station stands a Siva temple, known as the Sagara temple. It was an old shrine, recently remodeled. Its main gates are still intact with beautiful stone statues, carved in Khajuraho models. Near about is Jwalamukhi temple. abut 6.5km away from the town, there is another temple,. with similar carvings of the Khajuraho pattern. It is known as the Mariwal temple.

Umaria is famous for its coal-mines, which were opened in 1881 by the Government of India and transferred to the Rewa Darbar in the same year, mainly to meet the requirement of railway at Katni

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Umaria:

Treehouse Hideaway

Jungle Lodge Hotel:

Address: P.O Tala., District - Umaria - 484 661 - India
Phone: 07627 - 265317