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Panna National Park – A wonderful wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, India

Location: Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Area covered: 543 sq. km.
Main Wildlife Found: Tiger, Wolf, Chital, Sloth Bear, Chinkara, Sambar.
Best time to visit: January to May.
Location: Situated in the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of around 57 kms from Khajuraho

Panna National Park was created in 1981. This sanctuary was formed with areas from Gangau National Park created in 1975 and it is famous for the big wild cat or the famous Tiger. As a matter of fact, this reserve was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1994,the 22nd in the country and 5th in the State. With a close proximity to Khajuraho the forest has developed itself as an important place to visit for those who want to get a glimpse of the elusive tiger and enjoy nature.

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Panna National Park is situated in at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Besides being famous for its diamonds, Panna is also well known for some of the best wildlife species in India. Panna Wildlife National Park is one of the best Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope.
The main attractions of the place are the Pandav falls with its lake fed by a waterfall, and the Rajgarh Palace, which is a magnificent piece of architecture overlooking the valley. Being close to Khajuraho the place forms a world heritage site famous for the exquisite sculptures adorning the temples there. The erotic images on the walls of the temples are well known and attract tourists from all over the world. Major attractions are the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshman Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, temple of Vishwanath and Nandi, Chaunsath Yogini Temple, Parsvanatha Temple, Shanti Nath Temple, Ghantai Temple, and temples of Brahma and Hanuman.

How to Reach Panna National Park
Air : The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57 km from the Panna National Park.
Rail : Satna, at a distance of around 90 km, is the nearest railway station.
Road : The park is well connected with the other parts of the region by a good network of roads. Distances of some important places in India from the Panna Tiger Reserve are Khajuraho 57 km, Bhopal 727 km, Delhi 889 km, Chennai 1,761 km, and Kolkatta 1,040 km.

Flora in Panna National Park

Dry and hot climate, in union with shallow Vindhyan soils has given rise to dry Teak and dry mixed forest. Thorny woodlands and riverines also remain scattered amidst the blossoming vegetation. Teak, tendu, mahua and dhaora are common trees.

Fauna in Panna National Park

Tiger, the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat along with leopard, wild dog, wolf , hyaena, caracal and other smaller cats. Sloth bear has its most favourite home in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales.
The avifauna comprises more than 200 species including white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher etc. Variety of snakes, including the python and other reptiles are found here.


Rent your own jeep for a safari into the park. An hour long boat ride offered by the park authorities is a good option to catch a glimpse of water predators and other animals around the lake. Elephant safari is one of your best bets to spot a striped beast up close.

Places to stay in Panna National Park

Tree houses and tourist lodges are available in the vicinity of the Panna National Park to accommodate the visitors.
– Pashan Garh Panna National Park, Amanganj Road, Panna, Madhya Pradesh – 488001, India
– Ken River Lodge, Ken River Lodge is 2 km from the Panna National Park. Swiss cottage tents with attached toilets and showers give you all the modern amenities along with the thrill of staying in a tent.
– Jass Trident Hotel/Khajuraho, A five-star hotel, Jass Oberoi is located 2 kms from the airport.
– Hotel Jhankar
– Hotel Payal
– Hotel Rahil

1 comment to Panna National Park – A wonderful wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, India

  • I would love to go to Panna national park.I have been to madhya pradesh a couple of times but both the times I have been to Bhopal only.The next time I go there I would definitely visit Panna National Park.I am Bookmarking this page for future reference.

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