Panna National Park is a very popular wild life reserve.
Located in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, this
national park is at a distance of almost 57 km from Khajuraho.
Among the better known tiger reserves in India, Panna National
Park is one of them. The park is famous for its big cats like
the tigers and the leopards. Tourists who visit Khajuraho, make
it a point to get to the Panna National Park to see the majestic
cats in the wild. The landscape is rocky, the terrain is uneven
and the vegetation comprises of mainly tall grass and scrubby
The bio-diversity in this national park is extremely rich. Apart
from the powerful and huge tigers, the park also has wolf,
chital, sloth bear, chinkara and sambar.
The Panna National Park is located in the Indian state of
Madhya Pradesh and is a part of the Chattarpur district. 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 National Park are Bhopal 727 km, Delhi 889
km, Chennai 1761, and Calcutta 1040 km.
Panna has a tiger reserve which is called Panna National Park.
The density of tigers in this park was less compared to
Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore. Sightings of tigers in Panna have
fallen over recent years, and official tiger population figures
are disputed by naturalists. There were plans to relocate two
tigresses to Panna in 2009 , which actually happened, but
the last male tiger meanwhile disappeared. The reserve is
home to a wide variety of other animals, many of which can be
seen at closer quarters than in other reserves, because Panna
has fewer visitors. There are jungle lodges and hotels near the
reserve, it can also be reached from Khajuraho.
This region has mixed deciduous forests. The landscape of this
rocky and uneven terrain is covered by scrubby vegetation and
Fauna of this park includes, apart from the tiger; wolf, chital,
sloth bear, chinkara, and sambar. Tiger sightings are not very
common here and to watch a wild cat in action needs a lot of
patience along with luck. The Ken River that flows from here
towards the north harbours both the major Indian species of
crocodiles i.e. the mugger and long snouted gharial.
Panna is famous for its diamond mining industry and this make it
an interesting place to visit. Pandav falls is also a major
attraction with its lake fed by a waterfall. One more attraction
in this region is the Rajgarh Palace, a magnificent piece of
architecture overlooking the valley
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
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 ROAD - 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.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are too hot and
very uncomfortable, though this is the time 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.