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Panna National

Madhya Pradesh

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Panna ➝

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About Panna National Park

Located in Panna district, Panna National park has created a conservation history in India. Not so long ago all the Tigers of this national park were poached. It was after a concentrated effort of the forest department that what started with just 3 Tigers, has now become close to 35 Tigers in Panna. The Ken river that flows through it, is an important water source to the inhabitants of the park, plus a population of Crocodiles also live here. Gharial population has unfortunately reduced considerably. Apart from Tigers, Panna has very good sightings of Leopards. Vultures which are not sighted now in most of the country have a good population here on the cliffs in the park. Panna is also a wonderful birding area.
Added attraction close to Panna are the world heritage site of Khajuraho, only 25kms, and the world famous Panna Diamond mines are also located closeby. For those interested in History the Fort of Kalinjar is a little over an hour drive. Easily one national park where you can stay for longer than usual duration of 3-4 nights, and enjoy not only Panna but much more in the vicinity. It now faces another challenge of the aspirational Ken and Betwa river linking project. It is assumed that one third of the national park will get submerged in the back waters of the dam due to its height being increased. Lot of debate, and discussions are happening currently and we are hoping that the project will be shelved, and the wildlife of the area will continue to have their home, the Panna National Park.

Facts about Panna National Park

Area: 1645 sq. km- 542.6 sq. km is core and 1002 sq. km is buffer forest.
Coordinates: 24° 27′ to 24° 46’N to 79° 45′ to 80° 09’E.
Weekly Off: Wednesday Afternoon Safari
Yearly Off: Holi, Diwali
Functional Days: From 01st Oct to 30th June
Rainfall: 1100mm
Forest Type: Board leaf dry deciduous forest (predominantly a Teak forest)

Key Species of Panna National Park

Panna Mammal - Sloth Bear


Panna Brd - Hawk Eagle


Panna Reptile - Marsh crocodile


Safari Zones of Panna National Park

Panna being a smaller park has one tourism zone with two different gates viz. Hinouta and Madla.

Madla : This is one of the entrances to the park. Hiring guides and vehicles are easier here. Animal distribution in this area is high. Many herbivorous can be spotted in this region. Flora is also rich here.
Hinouta : This is also an entrance to the park. The terrain in this region is predominantly rocky and dry. It is the best spot to find some wild cats including tiger, leopard and others. Sloth bear can also be spotted.
River Ken : This is the best area to spot all kinds of animals. Birdwatching is common in this area. Reptiles can also be spotted here. Boat safari on the river is one of the top tourist activities in the park.

Panna national park - Deer
Panna national park - Peafowl
Panna national park - Crocodile

Reaching Panna National Park

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The nearest railway stations to the park are Satna and Khajuraho which are directly linked to major towns in the country like Bhopal, Jabalpur and Delhi. The distance between Panna to Satna and Khajuraho is only about 70 km and 45 km respectively.
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Nearest airport to Panna is Khajuraho (45 km).The airport is well connected to major cities in the country like New Delhi and Mumbai.
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Khajuraho: At metre distance of 45 km is just around an hour drive from the park.
Satna: At metre distance of 70 km is just around an hour and half drive from the park.
Jabalpur: At metre distance of 210 km is around 05 hour drive from the Park.
Bhopal: At metre distance of 450 km is around 08 hour drive from the Park.

Weather and Clothing

Panna national park Temperature Chart
❯ DO NOT carry shiny/bright colored clothing. Instead, carry earthy colors like shades of dull green or olive green, beige, and grey. Black is also avoidable as it attracts mosquitos.
❯ Carry comfortable, breathable clothes (cotton) in summer.
❯ Carry layers (4-5) of thin woolen clothes rather than one heavy jacket for winter. Layers are a lot more helpful through the varying temperatures during the day.
❯ Carry a wind cheater/rain coat just in case there is a light shower.
❯ Carry a Cap/Hat during summer.
❯ Avoid wearing strong perfume while on safari. Animals have a strong sense of smell and it may distract them.

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