I decided to spend the last day of 2017 amid core jungle. I travelled from Bhopal to Madhai and stayed at my grandparents house at Forest Dept house. There is rest house available (to be booked via mp forest site) and few homestays. Early morning by 6am we started from home to the Denwa Backwater, the temp was 2-3 degree Celsius. We sailed across the Denwa back water to reach the safari start point. The sun was not visible and it was mist all around. The forest was silent frozen with cold, we traced few animals and also a crocodile. By 8am the sun was shining but not felt, we were still covered with heavy woolens from top to bottom. The hot tea and poha came to rescue from the chilling cold. The last day of year marked a memory down the line.
The place is assessable from Itarsi via road, can also be reached from Pachmari entry point. There are lodges around to stay and food joints. The safari can be booked online depending on the availability.