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The Narmada Valley is a graben, a covered chunk of the Earth's crust that plunged down due to the blocks present on either side owing to the antique dispersal of the Earth's crust. Two normal faults, known as the Narmada south fault and Narmada North fault, which are just equivalent to the river's course, and which mark the border amid the Satpura, Vindhya and Narmada block or Horsts that arise close to the popular Narmada Graben. The Narmada's watershed comprises the northern slopes of the Satpuras, and the perpendicular southern slope of peak Vindhyas, nonetheless the Vindhyan tableland, and the streams from which they flow into Yamuna and Ganga River. The Narmada valley is considered extremely important for paleontological trainings in India. Numerous dinosaur fossils have been found in the area counting Titanosaurus indicus.
The Amarkantak (in Sanskrit which means: Neck of Lord Shiva) or Teerathraj (meaning the Monarch of Pilgrimages),Naemawar Siddeshwar Temple, Mahadeo Temple, Maheshwar and Omkareshwar touch the river and so are named after the Lord Shiva, Chausath Yogini (sixty four yoginis) temple, Chaubis Avatar temple, The Bhojpur Shiva temple and the holy Bhrigu Rishi temple located in Bharuch. The River Narmada is rated as mother goddess by the Narmadeeya Brahmins.
The Narmada valley is well known for the dazzling and good looking Maheshwari saris, which are hand-woven, highly comfortable in warm and cold weather, very dressy and yet light.
Teak and India’s Unsurpassed hardwood forests are found in River Narmada basin and they are very old when compared to the ones in the Himalayas.
The Narmada River, along with the uplands surrounding it is known for its flora and fauna. It spreads over the region of 65,598 sq miles and is covered with dry deciduous forests. This region, known for its healthy ecosystems, is home for seventy six species of mammals as well as 276 species of birds. Not even one of these species is endemic. As a result, there are some widely known and popular wild life sanctuaries and national parks. The Kanha National Park nestled in the upper parts of Narmada, which is about 18 Km from Mandla, boasts of being one of the best in Asia. It is home to many wild animals that include the Tiger. Satpura National Park located in the Hoshangabad region of Madhya Pradesh, is a National Park that was established in 1981. National Fossils Park Ghughuya, Mandla Plant Fossils National Park and Dindori is both situated in the Dindori region of Madhya Pradesh in India. There is Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve covering the Satpura Conservation area, houses a wide range of plant and animal life. This place is one of the oldest reserves with an effective system of methodical management of forests.
The Bagh Caves, Amarkantak, and the Bhedaghat are the national preserves of this region. Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary located in Gujarat, earlier called the Dumkal Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a vast sactuary located close to the Sardar Sraovar dam site, spreading over an area of 607 sq. Km. It provides habibats for mammals and several birds, which includes eagles and hawks. The River Narmada attracts tourists as well as historians from far and wide due to the anthropological sites present along the river. The aesthetically appealing Bhimbhetka caves are located in the Narmada Valley. They can be found 45 kms Northwest of Bhopal in the dyke structures (between Bhopal and Hoshangabad highway) portrays pre–momentous rock shelter images (considered an invaluable chronicle in the history of man) which are carved on the crest of the Vindhyan elevations. The Bhimbetka rock shelters, discovered in 1957–58 is a popular and natural art gallery together with an archaeological wealth which is also considered as one of the primogenital human inhabitation in India where the ancient caves house incredible rock paintings that are created by man while date back to 15,000 years ago in vivid and panoramic detail. The rock paintings here track the steady progress and countless variations that the prehis toric man in his life style. It is one of the world’s heritage sites.
Kevadia Narmada is region situated downstream from a dam on the Narmada River. This entire place is well known for its scenic beauty with many small streams, rivulets and thick forests and also many small lakes. The place is surrounded by hills with many picturesque view point and watering holes. There are also many lakes including the Panchmilli Lake, Kalvani Lake, Vagdam Lake and many more.
How to Reach
The closest airport is in the city of Vadodara. The airport is well connected with some important cities in the country.
The nearest railhead is Baruch. The station is connected with Mumbai, Ahmadabad and other cities. The tickets are cheap and have to be booked two months in advance.
Kevadia Narmada can be reached from Vadodara and one can prefer to travel by taxis or buses.