The Panna National Park is considered to be famous for Tigers which is located in the Vindhyan Hills and is spread over the Panna and Chattarpur districts of Northern Madhya Pradesh. The Panna National Park is surrounded by dry deciduous forest and is a blend of plateaus and gorges. The National Park is also famous for its amazing waterfalls. The National Park is surrounded by mesmerizing natural beauty and archaeological remains.
The Panna National Park is recorded as the 22nd Tiger Reserve in India and the 5th in Madhya Pradesh. The National Park was settled in the year 1981 though it was declared as a Project Tiger Reserve in the year 1994 by the Government of India. The Ken River that flows through the Panna Tiger Reserve from the direction of the south to north is believed to be the residence of Gharial and Mugger as is also the least polluted rivers as marked as one of the tributaries of Yamuna.
The total area of the Panna National Park is around 1646 sq km of which 543 sq km area is marked as the core area. Average rainfall recorded is around 1100 mm. Minimum temperature out here is 5 degree Celsius and maximum temperature goes up to 45 degree Celsius.
Why to Visit Panna National Park
The main tourist attraction in this National Park is the wildlife. Especially the presence of Tigers considered being as the king of the Jungle. There are also other animals such as Leopard, Wild Dog, Wolf, Hyaena, Caracal, Small Cats, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Chowsingha, Nilgai and Chinkara are some of the amazing species found in this National park.
Apart from these amazing animals, there are also 200 different species of Avi fauna including some of the migratory birds such as the White Necked Stork, Bar-headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, King Vulture, Blossom-Headed Parakeet, Paradise Flycatcher, Slaty-headed Scimitar babbler etc. There are also different varieties of snakes such as the pythons are some of the amazing reptiles found here.
There are also some astonishing species of flora including tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Anogeissus latifolia,pendula, Boswellia serrata etc. Some of the major shrubs include Lantana camera, Grewia sp., ixora, Ziziphus mauritiana, Ziziphus people, nyctanthus arbortristis etc. The beauty of nature comes up with a perfect blend of flora and fauna, which is relevantly the most attractive amongst the Panna National park.
Where is Panna National Park Located
The Panna National Park is located in the Vindhyan Hills and is spread over the Panna and Chattarpur districts of Northern Madhya Pradesh.
How to Reach Panna National Park
By Air: The nearest airport from Panna National Park is Khajuraho in around 25 km.
By Railways: The nearest railway station is also located in Khajuraho around 25 km. However if you are traveling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai then Jhansi will be the nearest railway station which is 180 km from Panna National Park. For those who are traveling from Kolkata and Varanasi, Satna is the nearest Railway station which is 90 km from Panna National Park.
Opening and closing hours of Park and Safari Timing
In Winter Season, from October to February the Park is opened for Safari from Morning Sunrise to 11 am and in the Afternoon 3 pm to sunset.
In Summer Season, from March to June the Park is opened for Safari from Morning Sunrise to 11 am and in the Afternoon 4 pm to sunset.
Charges of Safari and Other Fee
There are two different gates in the Panna National Park: Madla and Hinauta
Park Entry Fees: a Single seat for safari is charged Rs 250.
Full Vehicle for 8 people Safari is charged Rs 1500.
Fees for an expert guide will be Rs 360.
Pandav Fall and Ramesh Fall via Bicycle or on foot will be charged Rs. 50.
Bus fees for a Single person will be Rs 550.
Bus fees for 10 people will be Rs 1000.
Essential Tips for the Visitors
Early morning hours and late afternoons are the best time to visit the Park.
Carry drinking water bottle and don’t litter wastages inside the park.
It is mandatory not to make any chaos and maintain silence inside the park so as not to disturb the wildlife.
Smoking and lighting fire is banned inside the park.
Firearms are not allowed inside the park.
Listen to your guide and follow his instructions and get out of the vehicle only in designated areas.
Visitors are advised not to use strong perfumes, deodorants or scented oil to avoid attraction of honey bees.
Consult your personal guide throughout the safari to avoid any time of misleading activity.
Nearby other Attraction of Panna National Park
The Pandava Falls and Caves which is located within the territory of the Panna National Park where the Pandavas stayed during their exile.The location is covered with waterfalls, deep lake and green environment.
Diamond Mines which is the active diamond mine located in Madhya Pradesh which is also known as the treasure land. It has all the mystery of diamond farming. It is well known as the Majhagaon diamond mine is laid over an area of 50 km.
Raneh Falls and the Ken crocodile sanctuary: The Raneh Falls is a waterfall formed when the Ken river falls from the canyons of the Rewa Plateau which is around 20 km from Khajuraho. The Ken Crocodile sanctuary is in the surrounding of the Raneh Falls.
Mahamati Prannathji Temple: The temple is constructed in the year 1692 and is inspired by Hindu and Muslim architectural styles and is one of the most beautiful temples.
The Jugal Kishoreji Temple It is one of the most important temples in the city of Panna. The temple structure is inspired by Bundela temple style.
Baldeoji Temple: It is believed that the Baldeoji Temple is inspired by Roman architecture and also lays a gothic feeling to it. The temple consists of a large hall named maha mandapa with some of the massive pillars and is built on a raised platform. One can also obtain the view of the temple even from outside the main gate.
Padmavati Devi or Badi Devi Temple: With a lot of historical significance, the fact that that is believed in this temple is that Goddess Padmavati is the protector of prosperity and also the happiness of the Panna City.