Betul is one of the marginally located southern districts of Madhya Pradesh, lying almost wholly on the Satpura plateau. It occupies nearly the whole width of the satpura range between the valley of the narmada on the north and the bearer plains on the south. It forms the southernmost part of the Bhopal Division. The District extends between 21-22 and 22-24 degrees North Latitude and between 77-10 and 78-33 degrees East Longitude and forms a compact shape, almost a square with slight projection on the East and the West. Two small enclaves of the district, viz., Batla blocks of the Govt. forests lie to the West between the districts of Nimar (East) and Amaraoti. These enclaves lie on the Northern bank of the Tapti. They extent from West to East between the Meridians 77-59 and 77-02.
The District is bounded on the NORTH by Hoshangabad, on the SOUTH by Amaroti of Maharastra, on the EAST by Chhindwara District and on the WEST by the District of Hoshangabad, East Nimar and Amaroti. The Southern boundary of the district runs almost along the southern foothills of the melghat range, but excludes hattighat and Chikalda hills in Amaroti district. The Western boundary is associated for some distance with the Ganjal river (Southern), a tributary of Tapti, and then with the watershed line between the Morand and the Ganjal (Northern), the tributaries of the Narmada. The Northern boundary is marked by the course of the Morand river, and by the TAWA river beyond Dhodra Mohar Railway station. The Eastern Boundary runs through small streams and hills among which Khurpura and Rotia Nalas are of some significance.
The district derives its name from the small town of Betul Bazar about 5 km south of Badnur, the Headquarters of the district. During the Maratha regime also, in the beginning of the British rule, Betul or Betul Bazar was the district Headquarters. In 1822 the District Headquarters was shifted to the present place, then only the village came to be known as Badnur Dhana, meaning Badnur village in the local dialect. Now, even after such a long time, not only the district retains the old name, but the name of the new Headquarters town, Badnur, as also been superimposed by "BETUL".
This Shri Rukhmani Balaji Temple is unarguably the most famous tourist attraction of Betul district. And why shouldn’t it be? It is after all one of the most beautiful temples in entire Central India region. Its architectural grandeur and surrounding lush greenery is so overwhelming that it will soothe anyone’s heart and mind.
But what is truly profound is that this temple located in Central India and completely constructed in South Indian Dravidan Architectural style. Laborers from South India were hired and imported all the way to Betul to construct this temple in flawless South Indian style. And their hard work has surely not gone in vain, as today Balajipuram Temple is without a doubt one of the most beautiful South Indian Temples in entire Central as well as Northern India.
This scared Jain destination is located on the borders of Betul district and Amravati district of Maharashtra. This sacred Jain destination is however not just merely sacred but is also scenically beautiful. With its location being in the lap of lush green Satpuda Mountain range, visiting this place is like experiencing divinity in the very midst of Mother Nature.
Besides, there is not one but total 52 temples here and add to this a breathe taking waterfall. Sounding beautiful as it as, the experience is actually beyond words. In other words Muktagiri is one of the must visit tourist destinations while traveling to Betul .
Kukru Khamla is one of the hidden gems of Betul district. It’s actually a small hillock area surrounded by lush green Satpuda Mountain ranges. From the atop of the hill you get a panoramic view of Satpuda mountain ranges, images of which are surely going to mesmerize your memory for years to come. But this place is actually known as ‘abode of beautiful birds’. For many decades this small hillock area has been attracting beautiful migratory birds, which has made it one of the must visit tourist attractions in Betul district.
There is Bhainsdehi forest office where you can book rooms for accommodation. You can enjoy the beauty of flora and fauna while staying at this beautiful place amidst natural beauty. No doubt Kukru Khamla can surely be picked up as a beautiful picnic spot during the vacation.
This historical fort is a priceless treasure for people of Betul. This fort belongs to erstwhile Gond Dynasty who once ruled over the large parts of Central India. The Gond advasi tribe, who are actually descendents of Gond Dynasty, today constitute as major part of Betul’s population. Hence it won’t be completely wrong to say that roots of Betul’s little known history were laid in this very fort. Although today this fort is in pretty ruined condition, but its immense historical value makes it a fine tourist attraction.
Among many other places to visit in Madhya Pradesh,Betul is the one that must not be skipped. Betul is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Betul. Instead of Betul you can a get flight to Bhopal Airport on regular basis.
Betul is 151 km away from Bhopal Airport (BHO), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Betul is 157 km away from Sonegaon Airport (NAG), Nagpur, Maharashtra
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Betul. Train facilities are available to various directions like Bhopal,Nagpur,Delhi,Chennai,Itarsi,Mumbai etc.In central railway Betul is connected by rail with Delhi via Bhopal to Itarsi Railway tickets can be bought directly to Betul from any station in India. Railway Stations: Betul (BZU), Barbatpur (BBTR)
Betul is connected by road to all the major towns & the cities of Centre India. It is : 200Kms from Nagpur(via Pudurna,Multai) 200 Kms from Bhopal (via Hoshangabad,Itarsi) 131 Kms from Chindwada (via Multai) 350 Kms from Jabalpur (via Chindwara,Multai) 996 Kms from Mumbay (via Indore,Bhopal,Itarsi) 1000 Kms from Delhi (via Agra,Bhopal,Itarsi) Direct buses to betul almost all important towns of Madhya Pradesh and also from places like Indore,Chindwara,Bhopal & Nagpur.