Jal Mahotsav – Water Festival – Hanuwantiya

Reserve you dates for the festival – 15th October 2017 – 2nd January 2018

Hanuwantiya is a beautiful place in Khandwa district in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The place is also referred to as “Hanuwantiya Island” as it lies in the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam on the banks of River Narmada. The deep backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam make the place suitable for water activities and adventure sports.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism identified the potential of the place and opened a beautiful resort here which was named as “Tourist Complex”. The place is serene and beautiful, away from madding crowd. The address of the place is:

Tourist Complex Hanuwantiya,, Near Purni Village, Khandwa Hanuwantiya, Mundi, Madhya Pradesh 450112

To take the initiative further and enhance the potential of the place and to promote adventure tourism in the state of Madhya Pradesh, MP Tourism started water festival and named it “Jal Mahotsav”. It is an initiative to boost tourism in this beautiful state which is abundant with nature and is a place of many Tiger Reserves like Bandhavgarh, Pench, Kanha and Panna.

Vast stretch of Indira Sagar Dam

The first “Jal Mahotsav” was held on trial basis and duration was only for 10 days. This year this will be the third such festival.

First Jal Mahotsav      – 12th February – 22nd February 2016

Second Jal Mahotsav – 15th December 2016 – 15th January 2017

Third Jal Mahotsav     – 15th October 2017 – 2nd January 2018

For accommodation apart from beautiful cottages at Tourist complex tents are provided. The tented accommodation is a complete township in itself. Apart from accommodation tented conference room, tented dinning area and a beautifully decorated reception area in the form of tent is provided.

“Jal Mahotsav” offers plenty of adventure activities in water, air and land. Some of the activities which are big attraction here are:

LAND ACTIVITY – Zip Liner, Tug of War, Bull Cart Ride, Archery, Star Gazing, Wall Climbing, All Terrain Vehicle Ride

AIR ACTIVITY – Para Sailing, Hot Air Balloon, Para Motors

WATER ACTIVITIES – Water Zorbing, Water Para Sailing, Speed Boat Ride, Banana Ride, Cruise, Jet Ski

Besides these there are Island Activities as well. Indira Sagar Dam has about 11 big islands where tented accommodation is provided for night stay. You can go for jungle walk, enjoy birding and love the serenity of the place.

Nature walk on one of the Island

How to reach:

By Air – Indore is the nearest Airport. From Indore you can take a taxi. The distance of Hanuwantiya from Indore is about 150 kms. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach. There is a beautiful Ghat section in between. Its a jungle area and beautiful green trees with meandering road gives a beautiful feel of nature.

By Train – Khandwa is the nearest rail head and is about 50 kms away. You can also take train up to Bhopal or Indore and take a taxi from there.

By Road – The place is well connected by road from Indore, Bhopal and Khandwa.

Booking and Official Page of the festival

For booking you can contact any of the nearest MP Torusim office or can visit the site for more information:


This is a beautiful event organised at a beautiful and serene place. Even if you miss the event (which should not be) you can always visit the place to enjoy nature, serenity and some of the activities like speed boat, staying in house boat at Tourist Complex. Besides you can take a adventure walk in one of the island, going there by speed boat. It is a beautiful resort which MP tourism has developed. Never miss any opportunity to live in the lap of nature.

I have shared experience of my recent stay at this beautiful resort here.

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