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Panna National Park Tiger Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges.

Situated just 31km from the world famous Khajuraho, Panna National Park is located on the banks of the River Ken. The Park has deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests and is dominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges.

The terrain is largely rocky and uneven. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Lower altitudes are characterized by taller grasses and closed woodlands. Common bamboo also occurs on hilly slopes and gorges.

Home to the majestic tiger, guests will also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and the sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of neelgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile.

Flora :
This region has mixed deciduous forests. The landscape of this rocky and uneven terrain is covered by scrubby vegetation and grass.

Flora Panna National Park Fauna :
Fauna of this park includes, apart from the tiger; wolf, chital, sloth bear, chinkara, and sambar. Tiger sightings are not very common here and to watch a wild cat in action needs a lot of patience along with luck. The Ken River that flows from here towards the north harbours both the major Indian species of crocodiles i.e. the mugger and long snouted gharial.

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 Panna, a stunning national park of 543 square kilometres, has remained largely unknown and ignored by tourism, largely because its Tigers remain wary and elusive. Though consisting largely of dry deciduous forest, it boasts great scenic beauty through its combination of rolling hills and plateaux, grassy meadows, gorges and waterfalls. The broad waters of the River Ken, and the attractive, green riverine forest along its banks pass through the park and allow us to enjoy wildlife viewing, abundant waterbirds and many large Marsh Mugger crocodiles on boat excursions.

The extensive buffer zone surrounding the park provides the opportunity for rewarding spotlighting on night drives, when Jungle and Rusty-spotted Cats, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Indian Hare, Common Palm Civet and other denizens of the night such as Mottled Wood Owl are all possibilities.

Primarily though, we will explore this extensive park by jeep, and sometimes on elephant back, encountering abundant Spotted Deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Boar and troupes of Common Langurs, the more elusive Chinkara and Chousingha antelopes and, with luck, a Tiger, Dhole (Wild Dog) or even a Leopard! With such a variety of habitats, Panna also provides a most varied birdlife, with Painted Sandgrouse, and a wide variety of owls and nightjars likely to be amongst the highlights.

Panna is not as well known as some other reserves but, thanks to the hard work of the dedicated reserve team, and the efforts of the EIA, it has become a beacon of hope for other beleaguered sanctuaries facing similar threats to those overcome at Panna and is now one of the best places in India to enjoy abundant wildlife.

If you are keen to spread the benefits brought by Tiger tourism, and enjoy a reserve where just a simple lodge and a tiny handful of tourists are currently privileged to roam, then this is both a chance of a lifetime, and an opportunity to assist us in beginning to promote the lesser-known Tiger reserves. You will not be disappointed!

Tourist Panna National ParkBest time to visit
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.

Getting there :
BY AIR - The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57 km from the Panna National Park. There are daily Alliance Air flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho.

BY RAIL - Satna, at a distance of around 90 km, is the nearest railway station. It is a major railway hub and is connected to many places in central and western India, the most important of them being Mumbai at a distance of 1,540 km. BY ROAD - The nearest bus stand is Panna connected to Khajuraho and many other places in Madhya Pradesh by a good road network. Madla, 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.