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Panna National Park

--> Location : Chattarpur district, 57-kms from Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
--> Main Attractions : Deer, Chital, Crocodile
--> Coverage Area : 543-sq-kms.
--> Nearest Access : Khajuraho

About Panna
Panna is the 22nd Tiger reserve of India and fifth in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve is situated in the Vindhyan Ranges and spreads over Panna and Chattarpur districts in the north of the state.

CrocodilePanna National Park was created in 1981 and was declared a Project Tiger Reserve by Government of India in 1994. The National Park consists of areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1975. This sanctuary comprised of territorial forests of the present North and South Panna Forest Division to which a portion of the adjoining Chhatarpur forest division was added later. The reserved forests of the Park in Panna district and some protected forests on Chhatarpur side were the hunting preserves of the former rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states in the past. The reserve is located on either sides of Ken river which flows from south to north through the Lower Vindhyan Formations within the park.

Wildlife Attractions of Panna National Park
The predominant species that inhabits the park is the deer, of which the most easily sighted are the graceful little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital. Other species that have their habitat in the park are Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the ubiquitous common Langur, Tiger, Leopard, striped Hyaena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, four-horned Antelope or Chowsingha, Wild Boar, Chinkara or mountain Gazelle, Gazella, crocodile and others.

Panna National Park is equally rich in avifauna. The artificial lake, Chandpata, is the winter home of migratory Geese, Pochard, Pintail, Teal, Mallard Gadwall, Red Wattled Lapwing, Large Pied Wagtail, Pond Heron, White - Breasted Kingfisher, Cormorant, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Laggar Falcon, Purple Sun bird, Paradise Flycatcher and Golden Oriole.
How to get there
§ Air
The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57-kms from the Panna National Park. There are daily domestic flights available to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho.

§ Rail
Satna, at a distance of around 90-kms, is the nearest railway station. It is a major railway hub and is connected to many places in central and western India, the most important of them being Mumbai at a distance of 1,540-kms.

§ Road
The park is well connected with the other parts of the region by a good network of roads. Distances of some important places in India from the Panna National Park are Khajuraho 57-kms, Bhopal 727-kms, Delhi 889-kms, Chennai 1,761-kms, and Kolkatta 1,040-kms.

Tour Packages of Panna National Park
 § Wildlife Holiday with Taj Mahal - TMIT21
- 18 Nights / 17 Days
- Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra - Chambal - Khajuraho - Panna - Bandhavgarh - Kanha
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