Panna National Park is a tiger reserve situated in Madhya Pradesh state of India. Madhya Pradesh is a central state of India. Panna National Park is the 22nd Tiger reserve of India and fifth in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve is situated in the Vindhyan Ranges and spreads over Panna and Chattarpur districts in the north of the state. It is one of the best in the region. The river Ken passes through the park, adding to its scenic beauty.
Panna National Park
The climate of the region is tropical. Summers, somewhat scorching, are 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.
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), 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.
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.
Varieties of snakes, including the python and other reptiles are found here.
Other sites to look for:
- Diamond mining industry: Panna is famous for its Diamond mining industry and this makes 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.
- Khajuraho: One of the UNESCO world heritage site. Khajuraho has many medieval Jain and Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculptures.
How to get there?
- By Air: Khajuraho is the nearest airport which is about 57 km away. There are daily different flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho.
- By Rail: The nearest railhead is Satna about 90 kms.
- By Road: The nearest bus stand is Panna connected to Khajuraho and many other places in Madhya Pradesh by a good road network. Madla is about 24 km away.
Where to stay?
- There are many types of resorts and simple rooms available in and around the park.
- Madhya Pradesh Tourism's guest house is inside the buffer zone of the park and for the reason is a very convenient place to stay if you want to wake up early and explore the different colors of the jungle.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit the park is from January to June
Proximity of Panna National Park to the Khajuraho airport makes it one of the most sought after places in Madhya Pradesh for the tourists who want to have a happening wildlife experience within a short span of time.