1,406 sq. km
Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Panna National Park has more than just Royal Bengal tigers. It is just 25 km
from Khajuraho, which is a world famous tourist destination and UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Apart from it, River Ken meanders through the reserve and
forms extensive falls and gorges during its course - presenting spectacular
scenery. The terrain has a series of undulating hills and plateaus on the
other side of the river that are truly beholding. The most famous among the
falls is Pandav Fall, which is itself a exclusive destination for the
Panna National Park is situated in the Vindhyan Range and spreads over
Panna and Chhatarpur districts, which was once ruled by tribal people.
Visitors may also explore the relics of those older days referred as
Gondwana period. The region is also famous for its diamond industry. Apart
from tigers, there is a large avifaunal population at Panna National Park,
making it an ideal halt for ornithologists.
Panna National Park has dry deciduous forest vegetation that undergoes
dramatic change from lush green to dry grey in monsoon and summer seasons
respectively. Short and open grasslands with open woodlands are quite
extensive in the entire park. Dry and hot climate gives rise to dry Teak
forest and Teak-Kardhai mixed forests. The other floral species includes
Madhuca indica, Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Anogeissus pendula,
Lannea coromandelica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Bosswelia
Panna National Park provides natural habitat to Royal Bengal tigers,
leopards, striped hyena, jackal, jungle cat and wild boar. The herbivore
species include chital, sambar, four-horned antelope (chowsingha), mountain
gazelle, indian gazelle, blackbuck, etc.
Resident bird species include bareheaded geese, duck, spoonbills and
demoiselle cranes. The artificial lake Chandpata is the winter
home for migratory birds like geese, pintail, red wattled lapwing, large
pied wagtail, pond heron, white breasted kingfisher, painted stork, white
ibis, falcon and others
On the shore of park's life-line - Ken river - is the home for long snouted
crocodile, marsh crocodile and other aquatic fauna.
Nearby Tourist Destinations
Diamond mining industry
Best Time to Visit
The climate of the region is tropical. Summers are scorching and winters
are comfortable. Monsoon arrives this region in July and lasts till
mid-September. The best time to visit Panna National Park is from January to
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Khajuraho.
Satna is the nearest railway station at a distance
of around 90 km.
Panna is connected by a good road network and NH 75
passes through it.
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