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Panna National Park



INTRODUCTION

Panna National Park is a popular wildlife tourism destination, close to Khajuraho temples site. As a wildlife safari destination, it is prominently highlighted in Central India tourism map. A range of flat - topped hills rise above the east bank of the ken river, 40 kilometers south-east from Khajuraho on the Bamitha to Panna road. This area is protected as the Panna National Park and boasts of the last vestiges of the glorious teak forest that once covered so much of the region. The teak forests are magnificent just after the monsoons, an in autumn when great pyramids of teak flower perfume the atmosphere. In summer the giant teak leaves wither into lacy skeltons and fall, covering the earth with a carpet of many hues. The park is open from October to June during which we can enjoy jungle safaris in this tiger reserve. During monsoon season, park remains closed for tourists. The park is psread over 543 square kilometers with picturesque gorges, waterfalls and thick teak forests. Only petrol-driven jeeps are permitted within its confines, and an early morning guided tour, if lucky, you may see the graceful Tigers, Leopards, Sloth bear, Spotted deer or Chital, the Indian gazelle, a herd of wild boar, Hyena etc. It is also good for birding. Its rocky hilly offers ideal place for vultures nesting due to which here we can see 6 different species of vultures which is special attraction of Panna jungle safaris. Forest area is adjacent to Panna town which is a historic place. The city's royal past dates back to mid of 17th Century AD, when it became the capital of Maharaja Chhatrasal's kingdom. On the other hand, with Ken River passing through Panna hills, the city has a wildlife-friendly present. You can find the majestic tiger, the ghariyal - a huge reptile found only in the Indian subcontinent, and a variety of flora and fauna in Panna National Park. It was declared in 1994 as the 22 Tiger reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh.

HISTORY

It is a legend that the Pandavs of Mahabharat spent a good part of their seclusion here in the forests of the Panna National Park. This was ages away, but even now the park region is attracted by every sort of visitors. The park was the private hunting region of the royal family of Panna. After independence, the park was declared as a wildlife sanctuary. The forest area of Panna Tiger reserve was the hunting reserve of the ruler of Panna, Chatarpur and Bijawar States. These forests got protection from these states. In 1975 Panna forest division was created after comprising forest of North and South. Later on Chatarpur forest division was added to this sanctuary in 1978. It is in the year 1981 that this park was declared a National Park and now it attracts the attention of wildlife enthusiasts in large numbers. It declared as a tiger reserve in 1996 and was tiger less in 2009 and again teaming with tigers in 2014. The Panna National Park is spread over 543 sq km. The park is full of dense deciduous forests and has an amazing wealth of wild life including Indian Wolf, Sambar, Chinkara, Chital, Leopard, Stripped Hyena and Sloth bear apart from the famous tigers.

LOCATION

Panna Tiger reserve located in North Central part of the state spreads over the district of Panna and Chatarpur. The Tiger Reserve lies between 24°27' and 24°46'North latitudes and 79°45' and 80°09' East Longitudes. 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 1761kms, and Calcutta 1040 kms. The whole Tiger Reserve makes the catchment of Ken River.

HOW TO REACH

Panna national park is located in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh state. It lies in Northern region of Madhya Pradesh in Vindhyan ranges. It is a popular tiger reserve of Central India and easily accessible by road, train and flight options. Here we have discussed information on how to reach Panna national park by various modes of transportation. Let us check the details given below:
By Air: Nearest airport for Panna national park is Khajuraho Airport, at a distance of 40kms. It is a medium size airport, having connectivity with Delhi, Varanasi. Second best option is Jabalpur Airport having flight connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad.
By Train: For visiting Panna national park, nearest railway station (40kms) is in Khajuraho, having limited connectivity from Varanasi, Delhi, Agra, Bhopal. Second best option is Satna railway station (80km) having good train connectivity from major cities and tourist destinations like New Delhi, Agra, Mathura, Varanasi, Allahabad, Katni, Jabalpur, Bhopal etc.
By Road: The nearest bus stand is Panna connected to Khajuraho and many other places in Madhya Pradesh by a good road network. Mandla, 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 Panna National Park has tropical climate. It is located on Vindhya mountain ranges in which Bandhavgarh national park lies. It is open for visitors from October to June months. Here we can experience all 3 seasons i.e. monsoon, summers and winters. Here tourism remains similar in all the seasons. Visiting Panna in October to December month offers good birding, waterfalls photography and scenic nature. Those who are interested in overall wildlife may consider October to December as best time to visit. Those who are interested in tigers photography, prefers to visit in summers i.e. from March to May. This is the best time to visit for tiger photography. Due to rocky outcrops, summers are too hot in daytime, 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.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

The best attractions and sites of tourist interest as we bring to you and assorted list of select tourist sites within Panna. It is well-known for its scenic beauty. Explore Panna like you have never before and know about many hidden gems of the place. Through this well-researched list, learn about the most happening places for a truly enjoyable time. Discover common picnic spots for a memorable family outing. Check out the offbeat destinations in Panna for an extraordinary holiday experience. With the information given about places to visit in Panna. Some places are Pandav Caves, Raneh Fall, Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Mahamati Prannath ji Temple, Kamasan falls, Dhundhawa falls, Bhauradeh, Bhadar and Badgadi, Gaharighat, Ken Boating Site, Raneh Falls, Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary, Baldeo ji Temple, Padmavati Devi and Badi Devi Temple, Jughal Kishore ji Temple, Beni sagar Lake and etc.

JUNGLE SAFARI

At Panna national park tourists have option to do jungle safari drives on safari vehicles. These safaris can be booked online or by visiting entrance gate booking counter. Panna jungle safari is popular among all the visitors whether they are visiting Panna national park only or Khajuraho temples. Here Jeep safari and canter safari options are available for tourists. Tourists are required to book entrance ticket and pay for safari vehicle and guide fee, at entrance gate. Usually safari vehicles are hired from private operators, whose vehicles are registered with park authority. They can be hired at entrance gate or through your travel agent. Usually Panna safari ticket booking is not a problematic task but still we recommend advance online safari tickets booking to avoid any inconvenience at last moment. We may also enjoy Panna Elephant safari but it require advance written from Field Director or national park and usually it is provided to film makers as it cost very high, beyond budget of normal tourists. Below we have provided Panna safari timing information, decided by local park authority. As timing is decided by park authority so it is possible that minor changes may be found as according to sunrise/sunset timing, tiger sampling, VIP visits etc. park authority decides the timing and may reschedules for someday on special events.
PANNA SAFARI TIMING
Time Period Morning Safari Evening Safari
01 October to 30 November (Post Monsoon) 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM 02:30 PM to 05:45 PM
01 December to 28 February (Winter) 07:00 AM to 10:30 AM 02:00 PM to 5:30 PM
01 March to 31 April (Autumn) 06:30 AM to 10:00 AM 03:00 PM to 5:45 PM
01 May to 30 June (Summer) 05:30 to 09:30 AM 03:30 to 6:00 PM
01 July to 30 September (Monsoon) CLOSED CLOSED

Here it is important to note that Panna national park remains closed for evening safari on every Wednesday and full-day closed on Diwali and Holi festival days. The jeep safari in the Panna national park is a wonderful experience. You go to the deep jungles in the national parks on a jeep safari. Jeep is suitable in the national park because of the tough terrains. They are open jeeps, having 4x4 wheel drive facility so that vehicle can even go to rough and steep terrains. Maximum 06 tourists are allowed in a safari vehicle. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighborhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. It is first choice of wildlife photographers for Panna Wildlife Photography. One can book Panna national park Tour for photography. Panna national park safari booking is not available from government so you will have to manage it with tour operators.

PANNA MAMMALS

In this paragraph, we have shared information related to Panna mammals. The Tigers have also been reintroduced to Panna National Park where they became regionally extinct in a few years back and are now frequently sighted even with cubs on the banks of Ken River. Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat along with his fellow beings - leopard (Panthera pardus) is more common in this range than Tiger, which is generally confined to talegaon circle, wild dog (Cuon alpinus), wolf (Canis lupus), hyaena (Hyaena hyaena), caracal (Felus caracal) and other 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, especially on the periphery.

PANNA BIRDS

The ever colorful life of the birds fascinates everyone. The twittering and chirping sound of this creature mesmerizes every listener. The sweet melody enthralls and creates a magic in the air. The mysterious atmosphere of the Panna National Park is supplemented by the sound of the music of these wonderful creatures. Panna National Park is house of more than 200 species of birds. This is also a host for a number of migratory birds during the winter season. The National bird of India, Peacock is the most easily spotted one. Vulture sighting in Panna National Park is also great. Here one can notify about 06 rare species of vultures: Long Billed Vulture (Gyps indicus), White Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus), Asian King Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus), Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), and Eurasian Vulture (Aegypius monachus). Hilly & rocky terrains of Panna forest are more suitable for vultures to make nests. In addition to this, in winters (Nov-Jan) many migratory birds visits Panna forest and spend some times here. Panna national park birds are: Paradise Flycatcher, Pond Heron, White-necked Stork, Honey Buzzard, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Night Jar, Peafowls, Spotted Doves, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Bare-headed Goose, Lark, Pipit, Minivets, Partridges, Quails, Crested Serpent Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Lesser Adjutant, Black drongo, Pied Myna, Bulbul, Indian Baya weaver, Crow Pheasants, Cuckoo, Kingfishers, Indian Roller, Brown Fish Owl etc.

ACCOMMODATION

Panna national park have limited resorts option. Most of the tourists visiting Khajuraho, usually undertakes safari from Khajuraho itself i.e. jeep pick-up from Khajuraho hotel, do jungle safari and drop back to Khajuraho hotel. In such case, they need not to stay in Panna national park hotels. But due to distance, many tourists prefers to stay in Panna resorts to do convenient safaris and enjoy the wildlife. Here popular safari lodges are Ken River Lodge, Sarai Ki Toria, Camp Panna, Panna tiger resort, Madla Jungle Camp etc. Many new resorts are under construction and likely to be available in near future.

NEXT TO PANNA NATIONAL PARK

Panna Tiger Reserve is in North East of Madhya Pradesh in Vindhyan range of mountain. Some of the famous tourist attractions that can be visited next to Panna are as follows:
Khajuraho: It is a World Heritage site about 45Kms North-West from Tiger Reserve. Throughout the year, it is open for visitors in day time. Khajuraho is famous for his unique art & sculpture from Chandela Dynasty.
Bandhavgarh: It is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared as a national park in 1968 when the Maharaja of Rewa handed over the area to the government for its formation. It is a world famous tiger reserve knows for it good tiger sighting records. It is about 230Kms South-East of Panna National Park where you can do jungle safari on jeep, elephant ride. In addition to this there is a small fort on hill-top inside park which is a special tourist attraction for tourists.
Orchha: It is a small town on the bank of Betwa River, about 230Kms North-West from Panna National Park. Here you can find Bundela dynasty historical monuments which include forts, palace, temples, and cenotaphs. Tourists can also enjoy river-rafting on Betwa river in season time when river have enough water flow to do so.
Chanderi: It is another historical tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh about 260kms West from Panna. It is a hidden treasure with large number of historical monuments, mountains, lakes etc. Chanderi lays in border of Malwa & Bundelkhand regions. It is also popular for handloom industry producing Chanderi Sarees, popular all over India.
Chitrakoot: It is a holy town on the border of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh states, about 170Kms West of Panna National Park. It is a sacred town for Hindu devotees as its reference comes in famous Hindu epic "Ramayana". It is said that lord Rama with Sita & Laxmana spend long time of their 14 years exile in Chitrakoot. There are number of tourist spots associated with Lord Rama. Town is on the bank of Mandakini River.
Kanha National Park: It is Kipling country and the nearby forests were the setting for the "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. It's an outstanding national park and wildlife reserve of Central India, noted for its last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the Swamp Deer (approximately 380). Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck, but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour.

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