Panna National Park

Location

Madhya Pradesh near Khajuraho

Total Area

540 sq. kms

Visiting Season

October to June

Panna National Park

Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho is the Panna National Park. The region, which is famous for its diamonds, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the better 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 has the potential of becoming a major tourist attraction.

Panna National Park is located in the Vindhyan tracts of Madhya Pradesh this 540km to National Park holds some of the most dramatic forest patches and ruggedly breathtaking scenery of peninsular India. The Ken river coursing through Panna National Park embellishes the countryside with its aquamarine waters and along with a few perennial springs is an important source of drinking water for the animals. Alternating valleys and plateaus, grassy maidens (fields), steep gorges and sheer escarpments down which sheets of sparkling curtains of aqua roll down present eye popping vistas all around. For a relative small park, Panna packs in quite a punch with an impressive array of representatives from the "critters club".

Prime Attractions of Panna National Park

Mammals

Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat alongwith his fellow beings ? leopard (Panthera pardus), wild dog (Cuon alpinus), wolf (Canis lupus), hyaena (Hyaena hyaena) and caracal (Felus caracal) and 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, barheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler to name a few.

Other Attractions

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.

Best Time To Visit Panna National Park

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 25C. Monsoon touches this region in July and continues till mid-September.

Safari in Panna National Park

Safaris in Panna are on similar lines to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. The only difference is that safaris are available without much hassle as the tourist inflow is much lesser currently. Also you can enter from Madla and exit from hinnouta gate which is not possible in other reserves. Jungle safari charges includes Entrance Ticket, Guide Fee and Vehicle Fee.

General Information Tips

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.

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