Panna National Park: An Ultimate Wildlife Travel Guide

Panna National Park: An Ultimate Wildlife Travel Guide
Last Updated: June 28, 2018

Wildlife exploration is something that most of us enjoys and it is perhaps one of the easiest adventure activities. As you traverse densely forested kingdom of Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh you may get a spine-tingling sensation, imagining, there could be a wild animal staring right at you from the dark woods as you try to look in their eyes as well. C’mon, I know, most of you must have at least experienced it…well, I certainly have. But amongst the many Indian national parks why Panna is a must visit place? Well, because it is home to a rare species of crocodile which stay in an extended part of Panna at Ken Gharial Sanctuary. In fact, this national park also is a significant tiger reserve in India which make another good reason to visit here. However, it does not end here, 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.

Venture into the Realm of Opulent Wildlife

Tiger at Panna National Park As you pass by the old Teak Forest of Panna, such supreme feeling you’d get, without doubt, you will feel like to avail 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. Panna National Park has around 200 avifauna species that include species like a bareheaded goose, king vulture, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, blossom headed parakeet and white necked stork.

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

Wildlife Safari at Panna National Park Jungle safari is one of the most important activities 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; sloths bears can also be found. However, the third entry to the park, River Ken is an ideal spot for birdwatching, in fact, most of the animals can be seen here including reptiles. One of the top tourist activities you can do here is boat safari in Ken River, it is, in fact, one of the best things to do while visiting Panna. Photography, unsaid is one of the best activities that can be enjoyed in the 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 capture some stunning shots.

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

Safari Timings and Fee Structure

Safari at Panna National Park Before visiting Panna National Park here are a few things to know. The safari timings are from 6:30 am to 10:30 am and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm and a minimum fee of Rs. 40 is charged from Indian and Rs. 500 from foreigners. If you have a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) an amount of Rs. 40 is charged for stills and Rs. 200 for videography. A jeep for the safari can cost to about Rs. 100 but if you decide to bring your own vehicle, you may be charged Rs. 150. Besides, the boat ride can cost Rs. 150 for an Indian if you are of 1-5 pax and Rs. 150 per person for foreigners. If you seek more adventure, you can also take up a night safari that cost to about Rs. 1,800/jeep.

Note: The cost may vary according to tourist season.

How to Reach: Vroom, Fly or Chug to this Wildlife Paradise Called Panna

How to 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 from 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.

Best Time to Visit: Know Before You Go

When to Visit 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 receives a bunch of wildlife explorers and it is considered to be the best time to travel.

Know Where to Crash After a Thrilling Day

Where to Stay near 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.

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

Khajuraho 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 all around India 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

Ken Gharial Sanctuary Your wildlife holiday in Madhya Pradesh is not complete until you visit the Ken Gharial Sanctuary located adjoining to 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.

Ajaygarh Fort: Visit the Pride of the Vindhaya Hills

Ajaygarh Fort 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

Raneh Falls This waterfall, Raneh certainly is one of the top tourist attractions located in the reserve area of Panna and it has a 30-metre 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

Mahamati Prannathji Temple Panna One of the most important pilgrimage destination 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 sign! 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.

Whether you are travelling with kids on a family holiday or with friends, this national park serves 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 info@tourmyindia.com or +91 9212553106. Tour My India provides best tour packages to Madhya Pradesh that can also be tailored according to your budget and for more similiar wildlife tours or other holiday ideas, you can visit our website.


Published: 13 Nov, 2017
Abhishek Gurung


Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.

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