Explore Panna National Park
Lush emerald green forest. Deep ravines, open plateaus and cascading waterfalls welcome you into their fold at Panna Tiger Reserve. Captivated one forgets that’s, as with most Indian wildlife reserves, Panna too was originally a hunting reserve owned by the Maharaja of Panna. It was granted National Park status is 1981.
Park boundary of the 540 sq km park is marked by the broad and rocky River Ken which flows through the Vindhya ranges in Madhya Pradesh towards the Ganges, a river full of life from crocodile that bask on its sandy banks to white – necked stork and kingfisher that’s fish in its water. Panna is also a park of epic and well-charted conservation struggles. Diamonds and sandstone mining was gravely affecting the park and by the 1990’s it was in a deep trouble. Experts turned around its fortunes by the turn of century, but by 2009 tigers were again poached to extinction. Recent relocation efforts have been remarkable successful and tiger numbers grow year on year with over 30+ individual adults toady.
According to legends, the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata spent a part of their exile in these forests. The Pandava Falls near the park have a beautiful lake and shrines dedicated to these gods in the surrounding cliffs.
Major Attraction in Panna
Mesmerizing Jungle, Ken River Landscape, Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Crocodiles, Wild Dogs, Sambhar Deer, Indian Gaur, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Jackals, Langoors, Peacocks, Vultures and beautiful birds (around 300 bird Species).
Wildlife Documentary: 1. Tiger of Emerald Forest. 2. NDTV documentary on Panna.
Recommended Books: 1. Panna Guide Book.
Where to Stay and Safari Entry Gates at Panna Tiger Reserve
Some the best wildlife resorts are available at Panna. All of them provide good facilities to make the stay comfortable and Memorable. Here are a few places where one can choose to stay at Pench.
Madla and Hinauta Gat:
- Recommended Resorts: , Pashangrah-Taj safaris, Saria Turia, Teandu Leafs, Ken River Lodge, Camp Panna, Jungle Camp Mptdc.
- Jungle Safari Gate Access:
- Core Zone: Madla and Hinauta
- Buffer Zone: Harsha for Night Safari.
- Boat Safari from Bhauradeo Point during core zone Safari.
Nearest ATM: Chandranagar, Banitha, Khajurao
Mobile Sevices: Idea, Airtel and Jio.
What to Explore around Panna National Park
- Khajurhao Temples
- Pandavas Falls
- Ranhe Falls
- Old Temples of Panna City
- Gangu Dam.
- Night Safari
How to Reach
By Air: Jabalpur is 250 Kms. Satna is 90Kms, Katni is 150Kms,
By Rail: Jabalpur is 250 Kms. Satna is 90Kms, Katni is 150Kms. Jhansi is 180Kms.
By Road: Jabalpur is 250 Kms. Satna is 90Kms, Katni is 150Kms, Jhansi is 180Kms.
Khajuraho to Panna: 25Kms