Panna National Park is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. The region famous for its diamonds is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India. Established as a National Reserve in 1981 and made part of Project Tiger in 1994, Panna is one of the country's youngest tiger reserves. It is spread over 542.67 sq km it was created from the hunting reserves of the princely states of Panna,Chhatarpur and Bijawar.The north and south Panna Forest Divisions were declared as the Gangau Wildlife sanctuary.
The Panna National Park's topography is a splendid mosaic of plateaus, gorges, vast expanses of teak forests and savannah grasslands. It comprises the upper Talgaon Plateau and the middle Hinouta Plateau being fed by Ken River which runs for about 55 km within the sanctuary. From safaris to boat rides from spotting crocodiles to tigers and sloth bears Panna offers many exciting opportunities to the wildlife lover. One can glimpse many birds from the boat. The dense teak forests in Panna add to its many charms and lend it a wonderfully mistic touch.
Panna Tiger reserve is home of Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), leopard (Panthera pardus), wild dog (Cuon alpinus), wolf (Canis lupus), hyaena (Hyaena hyaena) and caracal (Felus caracal) and smaller cats.Panna claims to host as many as 35 tigers. The other animals are Sloth bear in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales. Many animals found include sambar, spotted deer, chinkara, nilgai, langur, wild dogs.
Panna is famous for its diamond mining industry and this make it an interesting place to visit. Pandav falls is an idyllic spot just few minutes from Panna.It is a perennial fall and open through the year. One more attraction in this region is the Rajgarh Palace, a magnificent piece of architecture overlooking the valley. The temples of Khajuraho famous for stunning architecture and erotic sculptures are located 40 -min drive from Panna.
Best Time to Visit
The Park is open from Oct 1 to Jun 30.The most comfortable time to go is November to March. The sightings can be best in May- June.
How to get there
By Air: The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57 km from the Panna National Park. There are daily Alliance Air flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho.
By Rail: Satna, at a distance of around 90 km, is the nearest railway station. It is a major railway hub and is connected to many places in central and western India, the most important of them being Mumbai at a distance of 1,540 km.
By Bus: The nearest bus stand is Panna connected to Khajuraho and many other places in Madhya Pradesh by a good road network. Madla, at a distance of around 24 km southwest of Khajuraho, is a good transport centre. One can get buses and other road transport modes from here to the Panna National Park.
Where to stay
Resorts and guest houses are located in the villages of Madla and Majgawan on the periphery of the park. Private resorts are more comfortable than the forest DEPT huts.