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Panna Tiger Reserve Madhya Pradesh – An Ultimate Wildlife Travel Guide

Panna National Park is a kingdom of enchanting wilderness in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most popular wildlife attractions in India. Not only it is scenically rich with eye enchanting vistas such as indigenous colorful rocks, serene waters of Ken River, the mesmerizing Vindhya Ranges, and soothing high waterfalls but also it is rich in floral and faunal species. Its ambiance is so soothing that within a moment the healing touch of nature will calm your tired spirit. It also holds a great universal value as it is declared as a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2020. Why Not? No one can doubt its sheer magnificence, the pristine beauty and the most thrilling wildlife experience when it comes to Wildlife tourism in India. In Panna National Park, you will get a spine-tingling sensation when you see the wild animals roaming in front of you. Also, nearby tourist destinations such as Khajuraho are also the prime crowd-pulling factors that make Panna National Park an ideal place to visit during your wildlife holiday in India.

Quick Essential Information About Panna National Park

Panna National Park 22nd Tiger Reserve of India
Total Area of Panna Tiger Reserve 542,67 sq km
Prominent Fauna in Panna National Park Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Four-horned antelope, Chital, Wild Dog, Chinkara and Wolf etc.
Bird Species in Panna Tiger Reserve Bareheaded Goose, Honey Buzzard, White Neck Stork, Quail, Bulbul, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Blossom Headed Parakeet, King Vulture and Paradise Flycatcher etc.
Floral Species in Panna National Park Bel, Mahua, Amla, Kullu, Achar, Salai, Saja, Tendu, etc.
Best Time to Visit Panna Tiger Reserve October to June

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Panna Tiger Reserve Safari Timings


Winter Season Safari Timings (October to February)

Morning Safari Sunrise to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Safari 3:00 PM to Sunset

Summer Season Safari Timings (March to September)

Morning Safari Sunrise to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Safari 4:00 PM to Sunset
Night Safari 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Best Time to Visit Panna Tiger Reserve: Know Before You Go

Panna National Park

Summer in Panna National Park remains dry and humid and the temperatures go up to 45℃ but, even though it may seem quite unpleasant, it is rather a great time for tiger spotting and sighting of other animals. It so happens that the River Ken passes through the national park and serves a great purpose to the animals and perhaps wildlife photographers too.

Winter, however, is the best tourism season to witness the wildlife at Panna National Park. The months between November and January can help experience a mild climate and get an opportunity to witness rare feathered creatures by going on a birdwatching tour.

However, the extended months between October and May often receive a bunch of wildlife explorers and it is considered to be the best time to travel.

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How to Reach Panna Tiger Reserve?

Reach-Panna National Park

Panna National Park is one of India’s best wildlife destinations and it sits between two districts of Madhya Pradesh, Panna, and Chhatarpur. With an approx distance of 95 – 100 kilometers from the land of the Kamasutra, Khajuraho, this national park provides a perfect place to visit to have a wildlife tour.

Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh can be easily accessed via roadways from Khajuraho Airport (92 km). You can either hire a taxi or perhaps request the hotel where you reserved your stay for an airport pick up service.

However, if you happen to travel by train, you can deboard at Jhansi Junction which is 257 km to Panna and call for a pickup or get on a prepaid taxi for your onward journey.

Note: The most preferred train ride to Jhansi is any Sampark Kranti Express.

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Top Things to Do in Panna Tiger Reserve

Venture Into the Realm of Opulent Wildlife and Enjoy Spine Chilling Wildlife Safari


As you pass by the old Teak Forest of Panna, such supreme feeling you’d get, without doubt, you will feel like you are enjoying a never-ending holiday. This wildlife destination of India is one of the best national parks located in Madhya Pradesh and it is home to rich avifauna, reptiles, and mammals.

Here the wild species such as wolf, wild dog, hyena, caracal, sloth bears, chinkaras, sambhar and also the big cats like the royal tigers, leopard, and cheetahs can be seen.

The floral species of Panna National Park will also rejuvenate one’s spirit and provide ample scope for nature photography. The prominent floral species are Bel, Mahua, Amla, Kullu, Achar, Salai, Saja, Tendu, etc.  One must not miss Panna’s 200 avifauna species that include species like a bareheaded goose, king vulture, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, blossom headed parakeet and white necked stork.

Wildlife Jungle safari is one of the best things to do in Panna National Park, which has three different regions with Madla and Hinauta being the two main entrances to the park. The Madla Region is more convenient for hiring a guide and a jeep, it also provides a greener patch of land serving home to some herbivore mammals. The Hinauta Region is quite the opposite, it is rocky and dry, but a perfect place for tiger sighting as well as spotting of leopards; sloth bears can also be found.

Note: Most Panna National Park safaris start from Madla and jeep rentals as well as guides are available here.

Spot and Capture in the Lens the Gorgeous Feathered Creatures and Exotic Animals


The serene River Ken in Panna National Park is an ideal spot for birdwatching, in fact, most of the animals can be seen here including reptiles. One of the top tourist activities in Panna is boat safari in Ken River and watching beautiful migratory birds. It is, in fact, one of the best ways to enjoy wildlife holidays in Panna. The prominent bird species of Panna National Park are Bar Headed Goose, Honey Buzzard, White Neck Stork, Quail, Bulbul, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Blossom Headed Parakeet, King Vulture and Paradise Flycatcher etc.

Indulge in Nature Photography

Photography, unsaid, is one of the best activities that can be enjoyed in the Panna Biosphere Reserve. Apart from the exotic animals and birds, the park is home to the gorgeous landscape as well which obviously endows photography enthusiasts with a lot of opportunity to capture some stunning shots.

Know Where to Crash After a Thrilling Day

Panna National Park


There are a few accommodation options near Panna National Park and each of the resorts offer an authentic wildlife ambience setting. If you want to stay in a wilder yet soothing surrounding, check out Ken River Lodge that overlooks the Ken River, this lodge is also known as a Tree House.

For an unforgettable and luxe wildlife holiday, the Taj Safaris Pashan Garh is an ideal place to stay to have a comfortable vacation amid the wild. Panna Tiger Resort is another interesting accommodation to choose from other given options that provide a couple of separate cottages as well as tented accommodations, now this is adventurous! Besides that, Panna National Park has other nearby accommodations as well, you can check out for more options on their official page of Panna National Park.

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Places of Interest Around Panna National Park

During your visit to Panna National Park, you can also explore other tourist attractions located in and around the park and they are just enough to keep you occupied all day.

Khajuraho: Visit the Land of Erotic Sculptures, Several Legends and the Majestic Waterfall


Even if you plan to visit Panna, your travel plans will ultimately bring you to the temple complex town of Khajuraho. This is amongst the best travel destinations to visit near Panna that is mainly famed for its erotic sculptures. Here, you can spend an entire day exploring the Nagara style of architecture and admiring the detailed work of art sculpted on the temple walls.

Distance: 94 kms from Panna National Park

Ken Gharial Sanctuary: Sight the Exotic Gharials and Learn a Trick or Two to Conserve Them


Your wildlife holiday in Madhya Pradesh is not complete until you visit the Ken Gharial Sanctuary located adjoining the forest of Panna National Park. This sanctuary is home to a rare long-mouthed species of crocodile (Alligators) but it also has other animals like sambar deer, blue bull, and wild boar. This sanctuary is a part of Gharial Conservation and it overlooks the gharial ecosystem. It is a must not miss place if you truly want to have a great wildlife experience around Panna Biosphere Reserve.

Ajaygarh Fort: Visit the Pride of the Vindhya Hills


From amongst the places to visit in and around Panna, Ajaygarh Fort is a definite must visit if you love history and ruins. Elevated to a height of 688 meters, this fort sits alone on a hilltop alongside the bordering range of Vindhya Hills and a stunning sight of the river Ken. There is plenty to explore inside the fort, so make sure you plan accordingly and it is located around 36 km from Panna National Park.

Distance: 36 kms from Panna National Park

Raneh Falls: Watch the Ken River Cascade Majestically


This waterfall, Raneh, certainly is one of the top tourist attractions located in the reserve area of Panna and it has a 30-meter-deep fall. It offers such a splendor sight, a visit here can’t be missed, also the 5 km long canyon just adds a beauty to the waterfall. Another feature of this place is that during rainy days, a series of waterfalls can be seen gushing down the cliff. This is a sight worth watching.

Distance: 90 kms from Panna National Park

Mahamati Prannathji Temple: Satiate Your Spiritual Side

One of the most important pilgrimage destinations that is adorned in an architectural style of both Hindu and Muslim, Mahamati Prannathji Temple is one of the places to visit near Panna. Its main attraction is the temple itself, a beautiful circular building along with nine marble domes is a sight to see! Mahamati Prannathji Temple is separated into six parts, Shri Khijada Mandir, Shri Gummatji, Shri Sadguru Mandir, Shri Bangalaji, Shri Chopada Mandir and Shri Baijurajji Mandir.

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Whether you are traveling with kids on a family holiday or with friends, this national park serves the best wildlife experience. So, make some space in your to-do-list and bookmark Panna National Park as your next wildlife holiday destination. And if any assistance is needed, you can find us at or +91-9212777224. Tour My India provides best tour packages to Madhya Pradesh that can also be tailored according to your budget and for more similar wildlife tours or other holiday ideas, you can visit our website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Panna Tiger Reserve Famous?

Panna National Park is very famous for thrilling Wildlife Safari. Tourists from all over the world come here to see wild Tigers and other animals.

When is Panna National Park listed in UNESCO World heritage list?

Panna National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2020.

What are the safari timings in Panna Tiger Reserve?

Panna Tiger Reserve Morning Safari Timings- Sunrise to 11:00 AM and Afternoon Safari Timings- 3:00 PM to Sunset

When does Panna National Park Open & Closed for tourists?

Generally, Panna Tiger Reserve opens on 1st October and closes on 30th June every year.

What is the distance between Khajuraho & Panna?

Distance between Khajuraho and Panna is around 29km.

Which is the best time to plan wildlife safari holidays to Panna Tiger Reserve?

Winter time is the best time to plan Wildlife Safari in Panna Tiger Reserve. However, if you want to spot tigers then summers are also best as they feel thirsty and come near water bodies.

How are the accommodation facilities for tourists in and around Panna Tiger reserve?

You will get amazing accommodation options around Panna Tiger Reserve. From budget stay to luxury resorts there is no dearth of accommodation options in Panna.

Are there any stay options inside Panna Tiger Reserve?

Yes, there are stay options inside Panna Tiger Reserve.

How to book Panna National Park Safari?

Tour My India caters to all the booking and travel needs for an amazing Panna National Park wildlife safari Tour.

Published: 08 Feb, 2022

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Pallavi Roy

She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.