Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve comprises of Bandhavgarh National Park and Panpatha wildlife sanctuary. It is a part of the Central Indian Highlands and is located between the Vindhyan Hills and the eastern flanks of Satpura hill ranges. The reserve is mostly spread in Umaria along with Katni and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh.

The Reserve lies between:

Latitude 23° 27' 00'' to 23° 59' 50" North

Longitude 80° 43' 15" to 81° 15' 45" East

The main entrance for the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve National Park is from the village Tala which is the centre of all the wildlife tourism related activity. Almost all of the Tourism infrastructure is situated at Tala which houses departmental accommodation as well as numerous private resorts, lodges and hotels which can provide more than 1200 beds. Tala, being the centre of all tourism activities, is well connected by road to all the major Rail and Airport locations.