Panna is an extraordinary national park in that it has the amazing superpower to bring you tranquility and thrill at the same time. It has mines shining with diamonds within the park, is home to some of Asia’s biggest predators and cascading waterfalls of dizzying heights.
Once the capital of Maharaja Chhatrasal’s kingdom, its royal past dates back to mid of 17th-century. Declared as a National Park in 1981; today it’s spread across 542km, and forms the natural habitat of some of the most interesting wildlife. You can spot the majestic tiger, ghariyal – a huge reptile found only in the Indian subcontinent, deer, antelope, vulture, wolf, chinkara, and cheetal.
You can also spot one of India’s highest waterfalls here, courtesy the Ken River flowing through this reserve and into the valley. The vegetation of this region is a mix of uneven terrain and scrubby grass, an almost rocky landscape dotted along with hundreds of varieties of shrubs and.
Panna National park is very strict about preserving its wildlife and biodiversity; developmental activities like forestry, poaching, and hunting are completely prohibited. A visit here can be easily coupled with Khajuraho (only 25 km away), a world heritage famous for its temples and erotic sculptures.
The safari at Panna National Park is open for visitors from October to June and is quite an experience because unlike other national parks, here you don’t have to observe route systems and zone restrictions. Which means that while you’re on the jungle safari, you can freely move around inside the park without any worry whatsoever.
The nearest airport to Panna is in Khajuraho. And, the nearest railway stations are in Satna and Khajuraho which are directly linked to Bhopal, Jabalpur and Delhi. The distance between Panna to Satna and Khajuraho is about 70km and 45km respectively.