Panna National park is just 25 km from Khajuraho-a mere half an hour drive. It is extended over an area of 543 Sqkm along the banks of river Ken, the parks topography is a magnificent one of deep gorges, During the monsoons, the park is a lush green haven with cascading waterfalls.
The park’s area includes the former shooting reserves of the erstwhile royal state of Panna and Chhattarpur and the jungles today harbour many species of wildlife, Tiger sighting is always a matter of chance but regular sightings of animals like Leopard, Wolf and Gharial. Herds of Blue Bulls, Chinkaras and Sambars are a common sight. The Wild Boar, the Sloth Bear, the Cheetal, the Chowsingha, the Indian Fox, the Porcupine, and a host of lesser fauna are frequently sighted at panna national park.
A separate sanctuary for Gharial has been set up. The park can probably boast of the highest density of the Paradise Fly-Catchers. This rich avian and faunal life combined with its picturesque scenery make a visit to the Park a memorable.
In and Around
There are no jeeps provided by the authorities, so you will have to rent your own jeep for a safari into the park. An hour long boat ride offered by the park authorities is a good option to catch a glimpse of water predators and other animals around the lake. Elephant safari is one of your best bets to spot a striped beast up close. A major attraction is the night safari at Gangau offered by the Ken River Lodge. Safari Timings are 6:30 to 10:30 AM & 2:30 to 5:30 PM.
Ken Gharial Sanctuary
Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a popular tourism spot near Khajuraho temples and Panna national park. It is located on the confluence of Ken river and Khudar river and spread over an area of 45.201 sq.kms. It is located in north-east of Khajuraho temples and North of Panna national park. Ken Gharial Sanctuary is adjoining to Panna national park forest. Their landscapes are almost of similar type with features like green forests, rocky outcrops, deep gorges, long canyons, waterfalls etc. These type of landscapes are very photogenic and also adventurous too.
Raneh Falls and the Ken crocodile sanctuary less than an hours drive from Khajuraho is a must visit during a trip to Khajuraho temples. The Ken river plunging over the gorges marking the edge of the Rewa Plateau forms the Raneh Falls about 20 kms from Khajuraho. The Ken crocodile sanctuary is also nearby the Raneh falls. at Ken crocodile sanctuary, apart from Gharial you might also spot Wild boar, Chinkara, blue bull and peacocks.
Ajaigarh or Ajaygarh Fort is listed among the top attractions of the region. It stands alone on a hilltop in the district of Panna and is easily accessible from Khajuraho. The fort is bordered by beautiful Vindhya Hills and provides absolutely stunning views of the Ken River. This grand fort is noted for its rich historical past and architectural beauty, which speaks volumes about the Chandela dynasty.
The Pandav Falls is a waterfall in Panna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Pandav Falls is about 1 kilometre off the highway. It is 12 kilometres from Panna and 35 kilometres from Khajuraho.Raneh Falls is located nearby.
It is a World Heritage site about 45Kms North-West from Tiger Reserve. Through out the year, it is open for visitors in day time. Here you can find the sand-stone’s artistically sculptured Hindu & Jain temples with some erotic sculpture work which is unique and makes it different from other temples of India.
It is a world famous tiger reserve know for it good tiger sighting records. It is about 230Kms South-East of Panna National Park where you can do jungle safari on jeep, elephant ride. In addition to this their is a small fort on hill-top inside park which is a special tourist attraction for tourists.
It is a small town on the bank of Betwa river, about 230Kms North-West from Panna National Park. Here you can find Bundela dynasty historical monuments which includes forts, palace, temples, cenotaphs. Tourists can also enjoy river-rafting on betwa river in season time when river have enough water flow to do so. Very scenic place to visit with perfect combination of heritage with green nature.
Chanderi is a another historical tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh about 260kms West from Panna. It is a hidden treasure with large number of historical monuments, mountains, lakes etc. Chanderi lies in border of Malwa & Bundelkhand regions. It is also popular for handloom industry producing Chanderi Sarees, popular all over India.
It is a holy town on the border of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh states, about 170Kms West of Panna National Park. It is a sacred town for Hindu devotees as its reference comes in famous Hindu epic “Ramayana”. It is said that lord Rama with Sita & Laxmana spend long time of their 14 years exile in Chitrakoot. Their are number of tourist spots associated with Lord Rama. Town is on the bank of Mandakini river.
February to June although cool season (October to February) is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. The park is closed from July 01 to October 01 because of the monsoon.
How to Reach
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.
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.
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 south west of Khajuraho, is a good transport centre. One can get buses and other road transport modes from here to the Panna National Park. To reach by road from Delhi, take the NH2 to Agra, NH3 to Gwalior, NH75 to Panna via Jhansi, Bamitha and Madla.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Being located close to World Heritage Site Khajuraho, Panna National Park can be visited even by staying at hotel in Khajuraho. In Khajuraho you can find all category of hotels at good rates. Still their are resorts & safari lodges located in Panna to provide accommodation to park visitors. Here limited resorts are located like Pashan Garh (Taj Safari Lodge), Ken river lodge, Sarai at Toria, Jewel of the Jungle. Panna Tiger Resort, Jungle Camp Madla etc.