It spreads over 1,197 sq km and the vegetation consists of southern tropical dry deciduous forest. Inhabitants include tiger, panthers, Indian wolf, wild dog, jackal, grey fox,
common otter, nilgai, chinkara, chital,
sambar deer, black buck, barking deer, common langur and rhesus macaque. Reptiles include fresh water turtles, terrestrial tortoises, monitor lizards and fresh water crocodile and snakes. Spotted Grey Creepe, one of the rarest birds, is found here. Besides, resident and migratory birds such as storks, cranes, egrets, lapwings, vultures, kites, owls, kingfishers, eagles, partridges, quails and doves.
The best period to visit is from November to March. The sanctuary is closed between July and October.
The nearest airports are at Bhopal and Jabalpur. Nearest railway stations and bus stations are at Sagar and Damoh.