Panna National Park- A Harbor Of Wildlife

Panna National Park

Panna National Park – If you’re in Panna National Park, keep your all six senses awake because you’re in the citadel of tigers. Here, it’s not a wonder if you encounter the one passing through very close to you.

Renowned for its Tigers, Deer, and Nilgiri, It is positioned in the Vindhayn ranges of Madhya Pradesh. It is basically a plateau and lies in Panna and Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh spanning in an area of 542 km2.

Panna National ParkPanna National Park

Its location on the bank of Ken River makes this place a rich biodiverse region. This extensive forestry area was explored as a National Park in 1981. Later in 1994, it was also declared as the 22nd Tiger Reserve of India and 2nd of Madhya Pradesh.

Due to its immaculate cleanliness, in 2007, Panna National Park has bagged the ‘Award of Excellence’ issued by the Ministry of Tourism of India.

History and Significance of Panna National Park

Panna National Park boasts a very deep-rooted and significant history right from the period of Indian Epic Mahabharata. It is said that the Pandav Cave, located within the territory of It, is the place where Pandavas spent a long period of their exile.

Other than this, if we talk about the recent history, around in 1800-1900 it was the private hunting reserve of Panna, Chhatarpur, and Bijawar Maharajas. After the Independence of India, this hunting land has been controlled by Indian government.

In 1975, in order to preserve the wildlife of this area, the south and north forest divisions were comprised and declared as the Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary. After three years, Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary extended its province by including the Chhatarpur forest division.

Finally in 1981, this entire region was named it. Panna National Park holds a strong significance in India for one more reason. The region is said to be the hub of diamond mines in the ancient time. It is still famous for its diamonds.

Panna National Park Visiting Information

Best Time To Visit

Just like other National Parks, Panna National Park remains closed during Monsoon months due to heavy rain and the bad condition of roads. From mid of October to the end of June you can visit the park anytime. However, January to May is considered the best time to explore the Panna National Park.


Park remains open for each day of the week and the timings are-

6:30 am – 10:30 am

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Entry fees and other fees-

40 per person – Indian

500 per person – Foreigner

Jeep Safari: 1500/- for half day

Guide Fees: 100/- per vehicle

Boat Ride: 150/- 1-5 persons Indians and 150/- per person Foreigner

Elephant Safari: 100/- per person Indian and 600/- per person Foreigner

Night Safari: 1800/- per jeep

Online booking

Panna National Park Safari booking can also be done online apart from the booking counter. Here maximum 63 Safari tickets are issued for the single round of Jungle Safari.

How to Reach Panna National Park

Reaching Panna National Park is very easy and convenient. The closest airport is Khajuraho and the nearest railway station is Satna, at a distance of 30 km and 75 km respectively from this National Park.

Panna National Park Route Map

The road network to get to the National Park is also well connected. You can get myriad of vehicles every time from everywhere going to this National Park. If you want to explore the park to the level best convenience by your own private vehicle, you can hire them at Khajuraho and Panna.

Panna National Park special Attractions

In Panna National Park, unequaled wildlife is the center of attraction. Located just 50 km away from World Heritage Site Khajuraho Temple, It attracts millions of visitors every year.

From the fun of Jeep Safari to the thrill of seeing tigers cuddling, amusing elephant ride, sedative boat ride, alluring landscapes of Jungle and to the majestic tourist spots,The National Park offers it all.

The Park adorned with a peerless beauty is a great place to witness the nature, history, wildlife and religious significance all at one place. So, let’s explore it together.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary

Expanding in an area of 13.5 km, this is one of the major tourist attractions in Panna National Park. The Sanctuary, established with an objective to preserve especially the threatened species of Indian Gharials, offers an eye-catching panorama of nature as it is embedded at the confluence of Ken and Khuddar Rivers.

Rench Falls

To add more to your amusement and to have a feeling of being in nature’s womb, head to Rench Falls, the heart of it.

Derived from the congregation of Ken and Khuddar Rivers, Rench Fall steals the heart of visitors at the first sight only. The surroundings of this place decked with crystalline granite increase its beauty million times more.

Mahamati PrannathJi Temple

After relishing the thrill of Jungle Safari and the charm of nature, don’t forget to spend some tranquil time in Mahamati PrannathJi Temple.

Mahamati PrannathJi Temple

The serenity and the magnificence of this place will spellbind you in itself. Being the finest and rarest blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture style, this temple narrates the story of legendary Prannath Ji.

Pandav Waterfall and Caves

Pandav Waterfall and Caves

Before leaving the park, pay a visit to Pandav Caves to satiate the history within yourself. This is the place where Pandavas spent their exile. Moreover the religious vibes, this place will offer you a never seen view of nature.

Flora and Fauna of Panna National Park

The flora and fauna diversity of Panna National Park is so rich that it can’t be captured in words. Miscellaneous deciduous forests, riverine, scrubby vegetation, open & barbed grasslands, and numberless species of towering trees, represent the floral diversity of this park.

The mighty Ken River, flowing from north to south through it, is one of the major eye-catchment and perennial source of water.  

This River promotes the biodiversity of this place and makes it a natural habitat for various animals. If we list down the fauna species found in it, the list will never end.

Just to mention the significant ones, tiger, leopard, blue bull, wild dog, wild cat, wolf, hyaena, and sloth bear are the animals who call it their home.

In addition to that, around 200 species of birds and unnumbered of reptiles also grace the wildlife of this park.

Nearby Places of Interest

  • Khajuraho
  • Madla Village
  • Ajayghar Fort
  • Nachna City
  • The Jugal Kishor Temple
  • Diamonds Mines
  • Baldev Ji Temple

Resorts/hotels in and Around Panna National Park

Panna National Park is a place that offers every kind of accommodation facility. If you want to experience the royal living and the jungle picnic, impressive palace-resorts of it will fulfill your this dream.

Resorts Around Panna National Park

Resorts like Panna Tiger Resorts, Jungle Camp Madla, Jewel of the Jungle, Pashan Garh, and Ken River Lodge offer the fun that you can’t experience even in a five-star hotel.

But if you’re looking for a standard living option, there are many opulent hotels and lodges in Khajuraho and Panna.

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