Spanning across an area of 542.67 km, Panna National Park is located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. In the year 1994, it was declared as the 22 Tiger reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh. The park is widely known for its wildlife. It has wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope, vultures, wolf, chinkara, cheetal, etc. Its proximity to Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist places in India, has made it garner a lot of attention from across the globe.
The months from January to May are considered the best time to visit the Panna National Park. It is one of the best places to enjoy a day away from the maddening frenzy of the city life. The park is at a distance of 37 km, 580 km, 986 km, 865 km and 176 km from the major cities of Khajuraho, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jhansi respectively.
Panna National Park is mainly famous for its wildlife. Its Wildlife Attractions include:
- Wild dogs
- Wolfs, hyaena
- Caracal and other smaller cats
- Sloth bears
- Sambar, the largest of Indian deers, Chital and Chowsingha
- Nilgai and Chinkara
- Migratory birds such as white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler.
- Riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands
- Tree species like Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandelica, Bosswelia serrata etc.
- The place is well known for its jeep safaris
- Through the boat ride, Visitors can see water predators
- You can get to see tigers through elephant safari
- Night safari at Gangau (Timings are 6:30 to 10:30 AM & 2:30 to 5:30 PM)
Listed below are some of the important travel tips and information for visiting Panna National Park:
- Madla village is the starting point of majority of the safaris into the park. The entrance on the eastern side is from Hindouta, which is quite near from the Panna diamond mines.
- Park charges Entry Fee: Rs. 40 (Indians) & Rs. 500 (foreigners, including morning and afternoon safaris)
- Jeep rental : Rs. 1500/half day, Camera : Rs. 40 (still) & Rs. 200 (video), Guide : Rs. 100/vehicle, Private vehicle entry : Rs. 150
- Boat Ride :Rs. 150 (Indians, 1-5 pax) & Rs. 150/person (foreigners)
- Elephant safari : Rs. 100 (Indians) & Rs. 600 (foreigners)
- Night Safari : Rs. 1800/jeep (including entry fees)
- Park timings are 6:30 to 10:30 AM & 2:30 to 5:30 PM
- Best Time To Visit : January To May
- Months from March to May are highly preferred as summer months are a good time to spot animals
- Make sure you confirm the timings before visiting
- It is recommended to reach half an hour early before the entry opens in order to complete the required formalities
- It is mandatory for all visitors to abide by the rules of the park
- Do not venture into the areas where entry is prohibited
- Don’t tease the animals
- Do not try and feed the animals
- Avoid wearing vibrant colours as they could attract the wild animals
- Help in keep the place neat and clean. Do not litter around.
- Make sure that you carry all the garbage outside the park and dispose off in the dustbin
- It is important to note that the prices can vary and can be changed without any prior notice