PANNA NATIONAL PARK

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 diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination. The climate of the region is tropical. Summers, somewhat scorching, are when one has the maximum chances of encountering the exclusive wildlife of this park.


Winters are cold and comfortable and the temperature generally remains under 25*C. Monsoon touches this region in July and continues till mid-September.


Places of Interest

Wildlife Attractions in Panna National Park


Mammals

Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit smallhabitat along with his fellow beings - leopard (Panthera pardus), wild dog (Cuon alpinus), wolf (Canis lupus), hyaena (Hyaena hyaena), caracal (Felus caracal) and other smaller cats. Sloth bear has his most favourite home in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales. The wooded areas are dotted with sambar, the largest of Indian deers, chital and chowsingha. One can easily see nilgai and chinkara in most open areas in the grasslands, specially on the periphery.


Avifauna

The avifauna comprises more than 200 species, including a host of migratory birds. One can see white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler to name a few.


Reptiles

Common reptiles comprise lizard, chameleon, Indian python, cobra and krait. Aquatic animals include gharial, marsh crocodile mugger and a variety of fish.


Flora Attractions

Dry and hot climate, in union with shallow Vindhyan soils has given rise to dry Teak and dry mixed forest. The dominating vegetation type is miscellaneous dry deciduous forest inter spread with grassland areas. Other major forest types are riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands. The characteristic floral species of this area include tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandelica, Bosswelia serrata etc.


Places of Interest in Panna Tiger Reserve

Some of the spectacular spot of tourist interest are the Pandav Fall (7 km from Madla Gate) and a host of mesmerizing water fall particularly the Raneh Fall; abandoned village of pipartola for its archaeological and cultural importance; the Ken Gharial Sanctuary(20 km from khajuraho) the Ken boating Site(7 km from Madla Gate).


Wildlife Viewing

Madla and Hinouta are two entry gates to the park. The best time to visist the park is from December to March. Only four wheel drive petrol vehicles are allowed to watch wildlife and to go around the tiger reserve.


Tourist Attractions Near Panna National Park:


Ajaygarh Fort

Ajaigarh or Ajaygarh Fort is listed among the top attractions of the region. It stands alone on a hilltop in the district of Panna and is easily accessible from Khajuraho. The fort is bordered by beautiful Vindhya Hills and provides absolutely stunning views of the Ken River. This grand fort is noted for its rich historical past and architectural beauty, which speaks volumes about the Chandela dynasty.


There is plenty to explore at the fort, which makes it a treat for history and art lovers. Reminiscent of old times, this fort has two gates (earlier there were five), two temples and two rock-cut tanks, close to the northern gate. These tanks have been named as Ganga and Yamuna.


Pandav Fall

The Pandav Falls is a waterfall in the Panna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. About 30 metres (98ft) high, it is located on a tributary of the Ken River, as it plunges over the falls to join it.Pandav Falls is located 12 kilometres from Panna and 35 kilometres from Khajuraho, close to Raneh Falls. The falls are named after the legendary Pandava brothers of the epic poem Mahabharata, who supposedly visited this area. Remains of caves and shrines that commemorate this legend can be seen around the pool below.


Raneh Fall

This beautiful water fall is situated on the Ken River, and comes in under Chhatarpur district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This is about 30 meters deep canyon formed with pure crystalline granite in different colors like pink, green, misty white, and red to grey. The most fascinating thing about this place is that, there is dozens of small and big falls in regular stretches, some of them are seasonal having furious water flow during rainy season. This cascading waterfall is magnificently possessed a scenic surroundings of rocks and invariable mounds around. River ken is quite prominent river in central India in terms of crocodile conservation, as an alligator national park has been set up along the banks of this river.


Ken Gharial Sanctuary

Ken Gharial Reserve is an important Khajuraho tourist attraction which is often visited by tourists. Ken Gharial reserve Sanctuary is spread over an area of 45.202sq.kms. The climate here is very adaptable for both alligators and crocodile, though alligators are not native to ken river. It is a nature tourism site in Panna national park area. There are several beautiful rivers that rise from the Vindhya hill ranges of Central India. The river flows in a northerly direction until it meets with the holy river Ganges. Ken gharial sanctuary can be visited while going to visit Raneh fall. Here we can find Gharials at their natural abode.


Ken Gharial Sanctuary can be visited from sunrise to sunset but boating time and spot is fixed. Here one can do boat-ride from Muhareghat in morning and evening hours. In morning hours, boating is possible from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM where as in evening hours, boat-ride can be done from 4:00 AM to 5:00 AM. For visiting this Ghariyal sanctuary, trained guides are provided by Forest Department on mandatory basis.


Getting there

32 km from Khajuraho, 70 km from Satna.


Best time to Visit

December to March.