Panna national park
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Panna national park

  • Location : Chattarpur district, 57 kms from Khajuraho, 727 kms from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

  • Coverage area : 543 sq-kms

  • Main attraction : Deer, Chital, Crocodile

  • Best time to visit : November to April

  • Nearby excursions : boating on the lake, Mahamati Prannathji Temple

  • Nearby cities : Khajuraho

Governed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Madhya Pradesh, the Panna National Park hosts a variety of fauna in the dazzling backdrop of the waterfalls. Ministry of Tourism of India awarded the park, the award of excellence as the most adequately maintained national park of India.


Location of panna national park

Panna National Park is situated along the subtropical in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Different biomes are present in here making it rich in biodiversity. The park covers an area of about 524sq.km, and it is a significant site of protection of endangered species in Southern India. In the beautiful picturesque, one can find animals, ranging from the stripes to the crocs.


Geographical landscape of the national park

The park is positioned in between 24⁰43'N and 80⁰E. It is the only vegetative and diverse area of North Madhya Pradesh. Ken and Pandav falls in the park area provide a perfect environment to the fauna and an astounding experience to the visitors. Rivers and lakes passing through this park offer a fantastic place to spot animals and birds.


Nearby wildlife sanctuary

Ken Wildlife Sanctuary is the nearest to the park which is home to a vast population of gharials.


The climatic conditions of the area

The area receives heavy precipitation, and the monsoon lasts up to September. The average summer temperature varies up to 45-degree centigrade whereas the average winter temperature can be very low. The overall climatic condition is quite favourable for the migratory birds to drop by.


Ideal time to visit the national park

Summer is an excellent time to locate the animals by the river, pondering to rehydrate. The best time to visit the park is around November, up to May.


Types of animals that inhabit the park

The park is set up as a habitat to numerous animals and birds, making it biologically wealthy. One can spot several animals easily. The list includes sloth bear, hyena, chital, chowsingha, wolf, tigers, wild cats caracal, mugger, long snout gharial, chinkara and sambar. The view of the animals walking by is a delight to watch.

The bird population is enormous as well. It is a pleasure to watch about 200 different species of birds, including the salty headed babbler, paradise flycatcher, blossom headed parakeet, white-necked stork and honey buzzard. The suitable climate may be the reason why these birds can be seen most of the time of a year. Adding to this humongous population of birds are the migratory birds which often fly to the park.

The natural vegetation or flora

The climate supports a beautiful cover of dry teak trees. The forest includes trees like Boswellia, kardhai, bamboo, mahua, saja, bel, salai and a grassland area is also observed.


Distance from major cities

The forest reserve of Palani is located at quite accessible distances from the major cities in India. It is the reason why transport facilities from any of these cities are available to reach here. Here is the list of the distances of the National Park from these significant cities :

  • Ahmadabad ,956km

  • Pune ,1153km

  • Bangalore ,1567km

  • Ooty , 1846km

  • Kolkata ,1061 km

  • Chennai ,1599 km

  • Indore ,561 km

  • Delhi ,610km

  • Hyderabad,976km

  • Mumbai ,1144km


How to reach the National park ?

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Nearest airport :

at a distance of about 27km, Khajuraho airport is situated. There is the availability of taxis, so it can easily reach the park.

Railways :

Although several cities are linked up to the national park, Satna Railway Station will be the nearest one.

Roads :

the roadway is developed adequately with several buses plying to the park from the nearby cities. Cabs and taxis can also be an option for a short distance journey.

Where to Stay while touring panna national park ?

A night stay is not a problem in Panna National Park since people can find several resorts in and around the boundaries. Its proximity to major cities provides another advantage. People interested in having a closer exposure to nature and wild can accommodate in Madla forest rest house, Eco camp Hinouta and Raneh fall hut, located within the borders of the park.

All about the safari rides

The highlight of this park is the safari ride. People looking for thrill and exploration can have their time here. The park has boat safari and elephant safari. Elephant safari is chosen by people who travel into denser regions of the forest. They can watch the birds flaunting their colours by the boat safari. The rides are open since morning at 6:30. Visitors can also hire jeeps to travel around the area. The forest officials do not provide these jeeps.

Some fabulous places to visit near panna national park

Here are some of the places one can visit along with the Panna National Park.

  • Raneh falls: this mystique fall is one of the largest waterfalls in the country. The eye-catching beauty of this place is worth a visit.

  • Mahamati Prannathji Temple: the domes and pillars of this pilgrimage site are awing. Several devotees vow it is many occasions.

  • Shri Gummatji: this place is unique for its central dome supported by nine pillars and is a serene pilgrimage to visit.

  • Ajaygarh Fort: this hilltop fort is known for the architectural finish that it boasts.

  • Madla village: it is famous for a clean environment and also provides accommodation services.

  • Nachna temple: the temple worships Lord Shiva and has a vivid history dating up to the reign of the Guptas.

Things to do in panna national park

Bird watching and exploring the wild are the two main activities one can take part in. Trained officials are present in the Park to guide the people in case they face any problem or are lost. Safari rides cover the complete park area giving a chance to interact with nature and wildlife. The boating experience is a once in a lifetime chance. People get immersed in the beauty of the place while sailing in the crystal-clear rivers. Just staying in the resorts provides a mesmerising experience, so what else one can urge!

So, with no more delay, hope you are planning a visit to this beautiful and mystique land!


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