Panna National Park is located in the districts of Panna and Chhatarpur, in Madhya Pradesh. This well-known Tiger Reserve in MP, which is the best run and preserved by the Indian Ministry of Tourism, got the Award of Excellence in 2007. It was declared a national park in 1981 and a tiger reserve in 1944. The park encompasses 576 square km of varied habitats and extends along with the River Ken, which flows north to join the Yamuna River, a tributary of the mighty Ganges. The national park has been effective in drawing a large number of tourists from all over the world who are interested in animals and the outdoors. Tourists can take a stroll through the park's deciduous forest and see animals like sloth bears, pangolins, Indian wolves, four-horned antelope, leopards, rusty spotted cats, gharials, chousinghas, Indian foxes, porcupines, and many more while there.
Panna National Park created history in Tiger conservation. This park lost all Tigers to poaching from the year 2006 to 2008. Subsequently, 3 Tigers were relocated from other reserves into Panna in 2009. These Tigers made Panna their home, and today with the dedicated efforts of Mr Murthy, the then Field Director, the Tiger population has reached 55 Tigers (cubs included). This park is now home to Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, Gharials, and over 300 birds, Deer, and monkeys. Besides Jeep safaris, boat safaris are an excellent option to observe the Crocodiles and riverine birds in the Ken. The terrain at Panna National Park is characterised by dry deciduous forest, wide plateaus, and gorges. It is also referred to as the Land of Mesmerizing Waterfalls and is endowed with Natural and Archaeological splendour. Teak's northernmost natural distribution border (Tectona grandis). teak-kadhai (Anogeissus pendula) mixed forests' easternmost point. Through the NE-SW extending Vindhyan Hill ranges, Panna also connects the populations of wild animals in the east and the west. Why is Panna National Park famous? The park reported a decline in tiger population several times yet it managed to maintain a decent tiger count and now offers one of the best tiger safaris in India.
Types of Safaries
Big 5 Animals
Park ticket bookings should be done 120 days in advance since the park tickets are limited.
It is mandatory to carry ID cards for safaris. The ID needs to be the same as the one with which you booked your safari.
Carry binoculars, a camera, and a bird book for identifying birds and making your trip more fruitful.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Do check your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.
Carry proper woollens in winters and an effective sunscreen in summers.
Carry Hats/Caps and personal medicines (if any).
Wear muted forest colours like earthy greens or beiges and avoid perfumes and deodorants.
The afternoon shift of Jeep Safari remains close for visitors every Wednesday.
Both the morning and afternoon shift remains closed on Holi and Diwali festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Panna National Park is well connected by road, rail, and air all across India.
Road: Even when there is no direct bus service available to reach Panna National Park, one can take a bus from a nearby city like Bhopal, Indore or Nagpur to Panna and can change the bus to reach the National Park. Private vehicles are always a better option.
Nearby Railway station: Satna Railway Station and Khajuraho Railway Station
Nearby Airport: Khajuraho Airport, Khajuraho
Jungle Safari: With a wide range of flora and fauna, the jungle safari at Panna National Park, is no less than bliss. Apart from this, one can also explore the beautiful waterfalls, gorges, forests, and plateaus during the safari.
Boat ride: The Ken river is home to a lot of aquatic species along with gharials. Also, a wide range of migratory and native birds can be seen riverside making the boat safari experience astonishing.
Nature Photography: The raw beauty of Panna includes green forests, a wide range of flora and fauna, gorges, plateaus, waterfalls, Ken river, and avifauna. Many photographers visit throughout the year to capture some breathtaking views of nature at Panna.
Panna National Park is located in Central India(Madhya Pradesh) and remains open from the month of October till June. Summers are excruciatingly hot here with temperatures rising up to 45 degrees Celsius and in winters the temperature is marked as low as 8 degrees Celsius.
The park is closed during the monsoon season due to heavy rain. Due to the hot climate in summers, animals including tigers come out in the open to smother their thirst. In winters, the park becomes home to different species of migratory birds.
Winters are usually ideal for birding and summers are ideal for jungle safari. So, the best time to visit the park is from November to March where the climate is soothing and one can enjoy their safari.