Panna National Park


The Panna National Park is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 57 km from Khajuraho.

Panna National Park

The climate of this region is tropical—summers are uncomfortable and the park closes during July and August for Monsoon season. During the park closures, the animals are given a rest and many species will give birth

The forest above your head will be mostly deciduous, yet there are plenty of scrubby vegetation and grasses that might give you a glance at a sambar or chital in the thicket. There are also a few species of crocodile in the Ken River, which flows through the park. These reptilian creatures are traces from a more prehistoric time and are positively eye-catching.

Legend has it that the Pandavas of Mahabharat spent a good part of their seclusion here in the forests of the Panna National Park. Although the legend is ancient, even now the park’s region attracts every sort of visitors.

The park was the private hunting region of the royal family of Panna. After independence, the park a wildlife sanctuary until it was declared a national park in 1981.

Fauna of this park includes (apart from the tiger):

  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Wild dog
  • Wolf
  • Hyena
  • Caracal
  • Cloth bear
  • Sambar
  • Chital
  • Chowsingha.
  • Nilga
  • Chinkara
  • Python

Although the Park contains much wildlife, Tiger sightings are unfortunately very uncommon here. However, the park can thrill any bird watcher with over two hundred species, including:

  • White necked stork
  • Honey buzzard
  • Blossom headed parakeet
  • Bareheaded goose
  • King vulture
  • Paradise flycatcher
  • Slaty-headed scimitar bubbler

Panna is famous for its diamond mining industry, but there are a few other tourist draws to the area. Pandav falls is a major attraction that has its lake fed by a waterfall, but there are many other waterfalls in the park—every single one would be an ideal place to picnic. Rajgarh Palace is also a magnificent piece of architecture that overlooks the valley.

The park is well connected to the other parts of the region by a good network of roads. Distances of some popular places in India from the Panna National Park are Bhopal (727 km), Delhi (889 km), Chennai (1761 km), and Calcutta (1040 km).

 

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