Do you ever imagine what a perfect exodus would be like? Arriving to your destination from far away and behold! Mountainous hills curve and flex inward to reveal an utopian land nestled between the giant rocks. Well, located in Vidhyan Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Panna Tiger Reserve is much the same.
Defined by extensive plateaus and gorges, this forest is a prime land to spot tigers and learn about compelling legends and cultural richness. You can lose yourself in the mesmerizing waterfalls and the unparalleled beauty landed to the park by the famous Ken river. It is no wonder that Panna is regarded as the most important protected area in the northern central highlands of India.
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Wildlife Sighting Index
7/10 for Tiger sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
9/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
8/10 Stay & Amenities
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Flora of Panna Tiger Reserve
Before applauding the exhaustive list of flora and fauna that thrive in the Panna National Park, it’s important to take a few moments to understand what makes the views and biodiversity of this park truly unique. There are almost sixteen perennial rivers flowing from South to North through this reserve, the least populated and most stunning one being River Ken. The forests of Ken Gharial Sanctuary surround the river and form the catchment area of this river. The meandering tributaries, fast-flowing fresh spring water and the fertile soil with abundant vegetation around the river makes for some spectacular scenery.
The forest has parched and low grass habitat with boundless open greenlands. River Ken and its tributaries along with small riverlets give rise to ample lush vegetation. The tree species Acacia catechu dominates the dry steep slopes of the plateaus here. These habitats make for an assorted panorama.
Fauna of Panna Tiger Reserve
The park also fulfills an important geographical role as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vidhyan Hills that run from north-east to south-west. Apart from the tiger, it is home to other animals like the leopard, nilgai, chinkara, chousingha, chital, rusty spotted cat, porcupine, and sambhar. Long snouted crocodiles and marsh crocodiles can be found in River Ken.
And lastly, as a treat for bird watchers, more than 300 species of birds can be found in this reserve.
- Bengal tiger
- Indian leopard
- Sambar deer
- Sloth bear
- rusty-spotted cat
- Asian palm civet
- the bar-headed goose
- crested honey
- red-headed vulture
- blossom-headed parakeet
- changeable hawk-eagle
- Indian vulture
Explore The Known and Unknown of Panna Tiger Reserve
First and foremost, enjoy the Jeep Safari and count your stars so you can spot a tiger. Go on as many game drives as possible and enjoy the pleasant mornings or nostalgic evenings as you feast on some landscapes that will stay with you for a lifetime. Other than that, visitors at Panna can indulge themselves with different thrilling activities, one such activity would be to visit the Panna Falls and Caves. This place is where the Pandavas sought haven during their exile. Mythology enthusiasts, rejoice! This location is definitely going to leave you in awe, with the waterfalls, the deep lake and the lush green environs. Have you ever considered what are the gimmicks of diamond farming?
If yes, then you’re at the right place because in Madhya Pradesh you can visit the Diamond Mine, Asia’s biggest and only active diamond mine. You can also visit the Ken Crocodile sanctuary and also enjoy the Raneh falls nearby. Furthermore, invoke and purify your soul by visiting popular temples like Badi Devi Temple, Mahamati Prannathji Temple and Jugal Kishoreji Temple. The best time to visit the Reserve is 15 October to 15 June.
Panna Tiger Reserve Safari Booking
Jeep Safari timings are as follows:
Morning: 6:15 am to 11:30 am
Evening : 03:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Morning : 05:30 am – 11:30 am
Evening : 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm
How to reach Panna Tiger Reserve
The best way to reach Panna is to take a flight to Khajuraho airport which is only 26 km from the national park. One can take a taxi from the airport and reach Panna. Khajuraho, Satna, Katni and Jhansi railway stations are the closest to Panna National Park and can be opted for if you enjoy travelling on trains. Panna is also well connected by road to Bhopal, for which you can take the NH 86 via Chhatarpur and the National Highway NH 75.
Resorts at Panna Tiger Reserve
If you’re scratching your head for a good accommodation, fear no more, as the forest department at Panna Tiger Reserve has ample arrangements for you. Accommodation facilities are available in the Karnawati Forest Rest House, Jungle Cottage at Hinauta and Forest Rest House of Madla and Hinauta. You can contact the forest department directly during office hours to book these rest houses. However if you want to go the extra mile and land yourself some luxurious private hotels, there are multiple options for resorts near Panna National Park’s gates as well.
Options include Saria At Toria, luxurious and traditional eco-lodge perched high above River Ken, Lalit Grand Temple View, closest hotel to renowned Khajuraho Temples and Pashan Garh, a Taj Safari, beautifully furnished stone guest cottages located above a small hill. Feel free to search for more options or contact us for advice.