Panna National Park

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Panna National Park, nestled in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, India, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Covering an area of 542.67 km², this national park is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal tiger. Let’s explore this natural wonder!

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport to Panna National Park is Khajuraho Airport, approximately 40 km away. Regular flights connect Khajuraho to major Indian cities. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from the airport to the park.

By Train Khajuraho Railway Station serves as the closest railhead. It connects to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi. Once you arrive, local transportation options are available to take you to the park.

By Bus Panna National Park is well-connected by road. You can take state-run buses or hire a private cab from nearby towns like Panna or Chhatarpur.

2-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Wildlife Safari

Start your day early with a thrilling jeep safari into the heart of the park. Keep your eyes peeled for tigers, leopards, chital, and other wildlife. Visit Pandav Falls, a picturesque waterfall within the park. Enjoy a packed lunch amidst nature. Evening safari for more wildlife sightings.

  • Day 2: Cultural Exploration

Explore the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the intricate erotic sculptures that adorn these ancient temples. Visit the Diamond Mines in Panna, where the town gets its name. Learn about the rich history and legends associated with the region.

Getting Around

Inside the park, guided safaris are the best way to explore. Opt for a boat safari on the Ken River to spot crocodiles and water birds.

Things to Do

  • Tiger Tracking: Join a guided tour to track tigers and learn about their behavior.
  • Birdwatching: Spot over 200 bird species, including the bar-headed goose and Indian vulture.
  • Nature Walks: Explore the lush forests and discover hidden gems.
  • Photography: Capture the park’s beauty through your lens.

Offbeat Places

Raneh Falls: Marvel at the unique basalt rock formations and the roaring waterfalls. Ajaygarh Fort: Climb to the top for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


Panna Mahotsav: Attend this vibrant festival celebrating local culture, held annually.


Buy handicrafts, tribal jewelry, and souvenirs from local markets.


Relish traditional Bundelkhandi cuisine at local eateries. Don’t miss the dal bafla, a regional specialty.


Choose from forest lodges, resorts, or guesthouses near the park. Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy a comfortable stay.

Go Next

Extend your trip to the Khajuraho Temples, known for their exquisite architecture. Explore nearby Bandhavgarh National Park for more wildlife encounters.