12 Best Picnic Spots Near Indore
COVID-19 : INDORE is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 04 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to INDORE?

Entry open from all domestic destinations.

  • Wearing of masks is compulsory when out in public.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers arriving in Indore.
  • Passengers must self-register on the Indore 311 app before travelling to Indore.
  • Health status must be updated regularly on the Indore 311 app for 14 days after arrival.
  • Symptomatic passengers must give undertaking for 14 days of mandatory home quarantine.
  • Indore has complete lockdown on Sundays.
  • Night Curfew is active from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night.
  • Markets, malls and parks in Indore are open with strict social distancing norms
  • No restrictions on the number of passengers in a vehicle, but passengers must be wearing masks.
  • All COVID-19 related SOPs from the Ministry of Tourism are being followed in restaurants and tourist attractions.
  • All passengers must undergo thermal screening upon arrival.
  • No quarantine, either home or institutional, is required for travellers coming to Indore unless they showcase any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All passengers are required to download the Aarogya Setu app on their phones.
  • Passengers must download and self-register on the Indore 311 app before travelling to Indore.
  • All self-registered passengers must update their health status on the Indore 311 app for 14 days after arrival.
  • In case the passengers develop COVID-19 symptoms, they must give an undertaking for 14 days Home Quarantine.
  • Business travellers, staying less than 3 days, don’t have any restrictions. They must inform about the short stay to admin officials at the airport before leaving the airport for the city.

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore connects the city to major Indian cities. Direct flights are plying from Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad.


Special trains connect Indore to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata


Since inter-state buses have now been allowed to enter Indore, there are regular bus services that can be hired to connect Indore to nearby cities like Ujjain, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Sanchi, Gwalior, Mandu and Omkareshwar.

Local Transport

Local buses, taxis, cab aggregators and autos are functioning in the city.

The government of Madhya Pradesh has taken various steps to ensure the safety of travellers and tourists in Indore. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

State-run and Private Hotels and Resorts Have Been Allowed to Function in Indore Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Many of the resorts and hotels in the tourist areas of Indore are now open for stay. This decision was taken to bring back normalcy to domestic tourism sector.Read more.

Indore Follows Complete Lockdown on Sundays Updated: 04 Sep 2020

As per the guidelines of the state government, Indore will be following complete lockdown on Sundays of every week.Read more.

Inter-State, Intra- State, Inter-District and Intra-District Entry Allowed in Indore without Restrictions Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Travellers from other states and districts can now enter Indore without any restrictions or e-pass requirementRead more.

Hotels and Restaurants Can Be Open Till 10 p.m. Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According to the latest developments in the state government’s guidelines for Indore, restaurants and hotels and stay open till 10 p.m in the night. Read more.

Indore Allows Entry of Inter-State Buses Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According to the guidelines of Unlock 3.0 from the state government, inter-state buses are now allowed to enter Indore.Read more.

Timing for Night Curfew Eased by Two Hours in Indore Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Night curfew timings in Indore have been reduced by two hours. The curfew shall now be active from 10 p.m. in the night to 5 a.m. in the morning.Read more.

Just like the endless culinary options available to satiate your hunger, there are numerous picnic spots near Indore which are hard to resist after a long week at work. Being one of the cleanest cities in India, Indore has done a good job of preserving these places.

There are myriads of places you can head out to for a picnic fun, most of which are under 50 kilometers of radius from Indore city. Spending a day outdoors with your loved ones is a great way to unwind, especially if you’re in a dire need of a vacation, but in no position to take one. Revel in the natural wonder of beautiful waterfalls as they cascade down with a melodious roar.

Drown your troubles when you indulge in refreshing watersports that Hanuwantiya Island and Sailani Tapu offer. Spending a day with loved ones amidst nature is an ideal way to unwind and unplug. Feel the welcoming warmth of sunlight, sitting by a plummeting waterfall that roars in a melodious lullaby. Deepen your bonds with friends and family, sprawled on picnic mats under the cool shade of trees, sparking interesting conversations.

The famous Lotus Lake valley is one of the most frequented Indore picnic spots and is popular amongst vacationers. It is blanketed by Lotus flowers in the blooming season. The lush green hills of Janapav interest trekking enthusiasts with its diverse trails.

Most of the picnic spots near Indore such as Choral Dam, Sailani Tapu, and Hanuwantiya Islands bestow you with the abundance of water sports opportunities like boating and sailing. The city has various revered religious sites which impress those with an inclination towards spirituality.

Omkareshwar and Maheshwar are two of the twelve Jyotirlingas which are located near Indore and are widely worshiped. Endowed with boundless natural beauty, you will never run out of options when it comes to planning a family picnic.

Check here some of the best picnic spots near Indore:


Patalpani Waterfall

Patalpani Waterfall

The 300 feet high plummet is among those Indore picnic spots which can take your breath away. It is situated around 40 kilometers south-west of Indore city. The beauty of this place can cast a magical spell if witnessed just after the rainy season.

The fall swells in a series of cascades during monsoon and forms a glassy pool at the bottom which is believed to be intensely deep settled. This scenic waterfall is counted as one of the best waterfalls near Indore.

Activities: Trekking.

Location: Kekariya Dabri, Madhya Pradesh 453441

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.  

Best Time to Visit: August to February, just after monsoon when the volume of water swells in the fall.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Approximately 40 Km.


Lotus Lake

Lotus Lake

Locally famous as Kamal Talao, Lotus lake makes an enchanting sight for the picnickers. The valley is a visual delight for the sore eyes and it is advisable to go during or post-monsoon to see the valley peppered with blooming Lotus flower.

The forest surrounding the valley with bamboo grooves filtering the sun rays in a dramatic way impart a chance to click some amazing photographs. One of the picnic spots near Indore that command your attention for its extraordinary beauty.

Activities: Photography, Videography, off-road cycling.

Location: Gurda Khedi, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: During or post monsoon.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 40 Km.

You can also have a look at these amazing picturesque places in Indore.




One of the best Indore picnic spots for adventure tourism in the state is Hanuwantiya which is tucked away amid a group of islands called Madhya Dweep. Situated along the bank of Indira Sagar dam brims with nature and offers a range of watersports.

It is a hotspot during “Jal Mahotsav,” which magnetizes hordes of tourists every year. In fact, the annual and the largest water carnival “Jal Mahotsav” is organized by Madhya Pradesh tourism at Hanuwantiya.

Activities: Island hopping, village tours, banana boat, parasailing, cruising, camping.

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

Opening hours: 8 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

Best Time to Visit: During Jal Mahotsav.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 135 Km.

You can check here for more adventurous water sports near Indore.


Sailani Tapu

Sailani Tapu

Overlooking the backwaters of Indira Dam, Sailani Island is another largest base for trying out the exciting water activities in Madhya Pradesh after Hanuwantiya.

Located in the Khandwa district near the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine, Sailani group of islands appears as a vast spell of green charm encompassing various electrifying recreational sports like activities such as speed boating, surfing, paddle boating and cruising

Activities: All sorts of boating, cruising, sailing, fishing, surfing, water-sailing etc.  

Location: Sailani, Madhya Pradesh.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 79 Km.


Hatyari Khoh Waterfall

Hatyari Khoh Waterfall

If you are someone who prefers a waterfall over a mall to spend the day then Hatyari Khoh calls you already. Out of the many Indore picnic spots, Hatyari Khoh is known for its therapeutic landscape and a plummeting stream.

Tucked away in  Dongarkada village near Indore, this unhindered beauty cascades from a hillock at a height of 600 feet, which requires a bit of labor from you in climbing and walking the 15 minutes long muddy path but is worth a sight.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Location: Hatyari Khoh, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year but the weather in winter season is pleasant.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 30 Km.

Also, check a few more interesting places to visit near Indore for an amazing experience.




The heritage city of Madhya Pradesh greets the visitors with ageless architectural wonders that are sure to stun anyone with their regal darwazas and tough walls hiding stories from the past.

You can find excellent specimens of Afghan architecture in Mandu.

Places to Visit: Jahaz Mahal, Rani Roopmati Pavilion, Hindola Mahal, Baz Bahadur Palace, Jami Masjid, Ashrafi Mahal, Champa Baoli and Hammam, and Jain temple.

Location: Mandav, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: The place can be really hot in summers, so winter month like November, December, January, February is the best time to visit Mandu.

Distance from Indore Bus Strand: Approximately 100 Km.

What to Do: Explore these beautiful places to visit in Mandu.


Choral Dam

Choral Dam

Choral Dam has developed as one of the ideal picnic spots near Indore in the last couple of years. Being a dam, its original purpose was to provide water for drinking and irrigation in the region but the panoramic verdant landscape blessed with one of the tributaries of the much celebrated Chambal River has become people’s favorite.

People often escape the city heat to drive to this dam where one can enjoy all sorts of boating. You can also enjoy a short hike to the waterfall.

Activities: Speed and paddle boating, banana boat ride.

Location: Choral Dam, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: Post monsoon, October to March

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Approximately 50 Km.

Hiking gives you a thrill? Check out these amazing hiking trails near Indore.




Out of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the world, Omkareshwar near Indore is one among those revered sites where devotees flock from all over India to worship. The grand Sabha Mandap of the temple is erected by 60 humongous stone pillars of 14 feet height.

The pillars have broad rings on each end and intricately carved forehead meditating figures. The five-storeyed temple has different deities on each floor and the river Narmada flows right next to the temple where pilgrims take bath and then enter the temple for praying with coconut and flowers.

Activities: River bath, pray and picnic.

Location: Shri Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga, Omkareshwar Mandir Road, Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh 451115

Best Time to Visit: Shivaratri is the festival when one should come to pay a visit but it will be awfully crowded as well. So it is best visited throughout the year.  

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 80 Km.

What to Do: Interesting places to visit in Omkareshwar.




A tiny hamlet situated in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh is around 37 kilometers away from the state capital Bhopal. As you visit the small village, you can vividly gaze at the endless mustard and paddy fields, and roam around the remote trails and temples.

Taraniya is a place which is loved by devotees for a large number of temples it houses such as Salkanpur Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Mata Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Math Mandir, Shri Hanuman Mandir, Sharda Vidya Mandir, etc.  Sanjay Talkies, Lisa Talkies are few of the places in Taraniya which can keep you entertained.

Activities: Village walks and tour.  

Location: Taraniya, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: Visited throughout the year but anytime during the winter season will have pleasant weather.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Around 85 Km.




Since the 5th century, it has been a center of handloom weaving in Madhya Pradesh. Maheshwar and Omkareshwar are mostly toured together by the pilgrims as these are the two Jyotirlingas in Madhya Pradesh, and are also the most visited picnic spots near Indore.

Maheshwari is a historic town which is also praised for its timeless architectures.

Places to Visit: Narmada Ghat, Rajwada, Ahilya Bai Fort and Palace, Akhileshwar temple, and Ek Mutthi Datta Mandir.

Location: Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh 451224

Best Time to Visit: Shivaratri is the festival when one should come to pay a visit but it will be awfully crowded as well. So it is best visited throughout the year.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Approximately 95 Km.




Kalakand is a lesser-known getaway which is also one of the offbeat picnic spots near Indore. After you are awestruck at the Patalpani waterfall, people often decide to not go further as there is no proper road that leads to Kalakand.

Nestled in the beautiful Vindhyachal mountain valley, a train journey to this quaint hill station is an adventure worth the effort. As the train chugs up the hill blowing its whistle, you will be stunned by the vistas throughout your journey.   

Activities: Trekking.

Location: Kalakand fall, Gunjara, Gungara, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit:  August to February, just after monsoon when the volume of water swells in the fall.

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Approximately 42 Km.

You can also check here some other trekking trails near Indore.




Famous as Janapav Kuti, Janapav is a hill tucked away along the Mumbai-Indore highway at an elevation of 2890 feet above sea level. The forest-laden hill is the second highest peak in the Malwa region providing ample trekking opportunities to the adventure enthusiasts.

The place welcomes flocks of tourists during the fair after Diwali which is held on the day of Kartik Purnima, a full moon night. Out of the many Indore picnic spots, Janapav Kuti attracts not just the tourists but trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and bird watchers.

Activities: Trekking, photography, picnic.  

Location: Janapav Kuti, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Time to Visit: Kartik Purnima (full moon), after Diwali.  

Distance from Indore Bus Stand: Approximately 45 Km.

Newly Added Indore Experience
03 December 2018
amazing company trip with Thrillophilia, nicely managed by hotel staff, camping was very comfortable starting from things were very hustled free just enjoyed a lot team Thrillophilia was very supportive and learnt a lot from all, and got a new lesson on posing in thrillo style from Satya.
27 October 2018
I attended Mahua camp which fascinated me to come here from Bhopal to Indore great plan by Thrillophilia and well executed by Satya Rajput.
"the Experience of this trek was amazing and memorable.\nThis is the first time i have done night trek ... \nbut our trip organiser rizwan and achal made it so easy. \nfood and stay was amazing \n"
02 December 2018
We came in the team but team bonding games made us closer .... Nightlight trek was the best experience we had .. Very well managed things food quality was ... Humble staff ... Nicely executed by Satya and his complete team .. Love for camping.
02 December 2018
Thrilling and soothing experience perfect getaway for a weekend. Night trek and morning off-road ride activities and swimming pool just memorable day ...things very well briefed well managed by Thrillophilia. Waiting for more ......from Thrillophilia.
Nice services without any problems and better way to roam in the city and visit various tourist places.
The service was very good. The staff is really kind. The vehicles they provided were in good condition because of which we were able to complete our trip effortlessly. We appreciate their service.
Nice services without any problems and better way to roam in the city and visit various tourist places.
Chandrakin Mukhopadhyay Bike Rental in Indore @ Flat 20% off
The service was very good. The staff is really kind. The vehicles they provided were in good condition because of which we were able to complete our trip effortlessly. We appreciate their service.
that was worth getting early for. In very early hours streets are not crowded so beginning of the tour is easy. All of us were given reflective vests so we were clearly seen and locals exercised caution. Guides spoke English very well and we could ask questions and get objective answers. One of them was always riding with last people in the group so none of us got lost. If you healthy enough to ride the bike and can put up with with crazy traffic for few hours (towards the end of the tour - definitely do it. You will not be pedaling whole time. It is 10-15 minute ride increments between 5-30 minute stops (depending on what you are about to see)

Popular Related Destinations