Thursday, May 25, 2017

MP Diaries - Eco Park, Deori - The Only Crocodile Breeding Center in Madhya Pradesh

After an exciting boat safari at National Chambal Sanctuary, we thanked the forest guard who accompanied us during our ride and headed back towards Morena. We decided to check out the Eco-park at Deori, which is regarded as the only crocodile breeding centre in Madhya Pradesh. We paid a nominal entrance fee and started to explore the park. There are numerous enclosures here housing crocodiles, gharials and turtles of similar age. After they turn 4 years, they are released into the wild waters of Chambal. There are close to 200 crocodiles and 2000 gharials here. We were fortunate enough to spot a mongoose family playing around this place. Though the center was a bit low on maintenance, it surely gave us an insight to the life of the gharials.
Eco Park, Deori
Entrance to Eco Park, Deori 
I'm Watching You 
Grey Indian Mongoose
Playful Mongoose 
Gharial Eggs 
How to reach Deori: Travel on Gwalior - Agra highway, 3 km from Morena on the right side if traveling from Gwalior. About 40 km from Gwalior.
Entry Fee: Rs.30/- per head, free for kids below 15 years.
Accommodation: There is a forest rest house nearby the crocodile centre with the modest of amenities. Though Morena has a few small budget lodges,  one can stay in Gwalior and visit this place along with the National Chambal Sanctuary.
Where to eat: There are many small road side eateries in Morena.

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