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.


Getting there

32 km from Khajuraho, 70 km from Satna.


Best time to Visit

December to March.