Located in the north-south section of Satpura plateau in the south of Jabalpur division of Madhya Pradesh, Seoni is a beautiful tribal dominated district. The district sprawls across a vast geographical area of around 8,758 sq km. Wainganga River supports the prime activity of this destination and main occupation of its inhabitants, which is agriculture.
Founded in 1774, legend states that once Jagat Guru on his way to Kerala passed through this destination, he then named this beautiful place as Shironi, which later came to be known as Seoni or Shiv nagri. The interesting fact about the place is that Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books are set in the Seoni District; however, the place is spelled as 'Seeonee' in the books.
Formed on 1 November 1956, the name of the district Seoni originated from the word 'Seona'. It is a popular species of tree belonging to the verbanaleal family and is commonly found in this area. The wood produced by this tree is widely used for manufacturing dholaks. Apart from Seona trees, teak is another popular wood produced by the district in huge quantities.
Seoni District is categorised into five revenue sub divisions such as Lakhnadon, Seoni, Barghat, Ghansore and Keolari. Hindi and English are the prominent languages spoken in the district. Fairs organised in the destination attracts thousand of visitors to the place, Sankranti melas and Basant panchmi melas being the prominent ones.
Seoni houses Asias largest mud dam, which has been constructed on Wainganga River and is mainly used for irrigation purposes. The dam site at Bhimgarh village in Chapra block is a popular tourist attraction. Another prominent attraction in the destination is Pench Tiger Reserve, which sprawls across 758 sq km.
The closest major airport serving the destination is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur. Located at a distance of 121 km, the airport caters to numerous domestic as well as international flights. Seoni Railway Station is connected to various major towns, cities and talukas of the state.
The best time to visit Seoni is during the months of October to January.