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Panna National Park


A majestic member of the cat family is the tiger. The number of tigers has drastically decreased during the last few years. The Panna Tiger Reserve was established in 2009, and some tigers from neighboring Madhya Pradesh reserves were sent there to establish it. Currently, there are about 35 tigers living in Panna National Park. In addition to tigers, visitors can see other animals like sloth bears, leopards, and many others. There are more than 200 different bird species in the reserve. Visitors can see a large variety of unusual and vibrant birds. Along with seeing tigers and other animals, visitors can take a boat ride down the Ken (Karnavati) River, which is home to crocodiles. From Khajuraho, one can go to this reserve for a single day or book a room at one of the lodges close to the reserve’s main entrance.

The reserve is situated 26km (southeast) away from Khajuraho.

People can enjoy a boat trip on the Ken (Karnavati) River, which is home to crocodiles, in addition to seeing tigers and other animals there. From Khajuraho, one can take a day excursion to this reserve or stay at one of the lodges close to the entrance to the reserve.


Location: Panna District, Madhya Pradesh, India

Nearest Airport: Khajuraho airport

How to reach: 30 mins drive from Khajuraho airport

Famous for: Picturesque tiger safari park

Best time to visit: Oct to June


Mammals: Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Sambar, Nilgai, Spotted Deer

Birds: White necked stork, Honey buzzard, Blossom headed parakeet, Indian scimitar Babbler, Paradise flycatcher, King Vulture, White necked stork


The dominant predator in Panna National Park is the tiger. In addition to tigers, visitors can also enjoy gazing at a wide variety of other species, including leopards, striped hyenas, langurs, porcupines, jackals, and many others.

Nilgai and sambar are the two main types of herbivores, and chittal is the significant prey during the rainy season. People can spot Chousingha and wild boar quite easily. Panna national park is home to other species like ratel, wild pigs, Indian foxes, wolves, mongooses, and dhole. During the boat ride through the Ken River, one can witness muggers or gharial crocodiles.


Apart from animals, the Panna national park is also famous for different types of birds. The reserve exhibits more than 200 types of birds. Guests can easily spot the Paradise Flycatcher, which is the state bird of Madhya Pradesh. One can also spot the Common Peafowl, the national bird of India. People can also spot migratory birds flying from the Himalayas and Central Asia.


Things to do:

Jeep safari: It is among the best and most well-liked methods for learning about the diverse flora and animals of the national park. The visitors to an open jeep safari travel through lush teak forests and get to see some breathtaking waterfalls. People that go on a vehicle safari also experience the thrill of seeing a tiger. Panna National Park is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike because it is home to numerous species and birds. The night safari, which typically takes place in a buffer zone, is another option for visitors.

Elephant safari: People who love adventure can take the elephant safari. On this safari, Guests can sit on the back of an elephant and explore the Panna national park. Guests can witness miles of lush green forest by taking this safari.


Places nearby:

Apart from exploring the dense forest, which is filled with a wide variety of animals and birds, Guests can also take a trip to the nearby waterfalls.

Raneh Falls: It is a must-visit place during the trip to Panna national park. It is a picturesque location, and pink, misty white, red, and green-colored rocks surrounding the falls make it even more beautiful. The waterfall flows on the Ken River and has been formed naturally.

Pandav Falls: According to mythology, Pandava’s brothers from Mahabharata visited this place during exile, and hence the falls got its name, Pandav Falls. It is situated on a tributary of the Ken River and falls from a height and forms a pool at the bottom. This enthralling waterfall is a feast for the eyes.