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Panna is situated in the Vindhyan Range and spreads over Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northernPanna Wildlife National Park, Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, best time to visit, park timings, charges, how to get Panna, important tips information, Map of Panna Wildlife National Park part of the Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) State of India.

One of the most significant ecological aspects of the Reserve is that the district Panna makes the northern most boundary of natural distribution of teak and the eastern limits of teak-kardhai mixed forests.

The Ken river, which flows through the Reserve from south to north, is the home for long snouted crocodile (gharial) and Marsh Crocodile (maggar) and other aquatic fauna. It is one of the sixteen perennial rivers of M.P. and is truly the life-line of the Reserve. It offers some of the most spectacular scenery while it meanders for about 55 km. through the Reserve.

The terrain of the Reserve is characterised by extensive plateaus and gorges. The topography in the Panna district part of the Reserve can broadly be divided into three distinct tablelands - the upper Talgaon Plateau, the middle Hinouta Plateau and the Ken valley while there are series of undulating hills and plateaus on the other side of Ken river in the Chhatarpur district.

The Reserve's most undisturbed habitat of about 70-80 sq. km. lies on the Hinouta plateau. This is due to relocation of three villages from this area in 1980s. Dry and short grass habitat with open woodland is quite extensive. It supports Blue Bull (nilgai) and chinkara. The areas with tall grasses associated with woodland, support good densities of sambar and chital. Mesic areas are distributed along the major seasonal streams and in the Ken river valley. Steep slopes of plateaus are drier and are dominated by Acacia catachu. Distribution of these habitats creates a heterogeneous landscape, where ecological conditions vary seasonally.

Panna Tiger Reserve is most important PA in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the NE-SW running Vindhyan ranges.

Panna National Reserve was created in 1981. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1994, 22nd in the country and fifth in the state. The National Reserve consists of areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1975. This sanctuary comprised of territorial forests of the present North Panna Forest Division to which a portion of the adjoining Chhatarpur Forest Division was added later. The reserved forests of the Reserve in Panna district and some protected forests on Chhatarpur district were the hunting preserves of the erstwhile rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states.

The Reserve is dotted with ancient rock paintings, which are believed to be around two thousand years old. Old relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve.

Forest Type : Southern tropical dry deciduous dry teak, Northern tropical dry deciduous mixed forest, Dry deciduous scrub forest, Boswellia forest, Dry bamboo brakes, Anogeissus pendula forest.

Best Time to Visit

October to June


Park Timings


6:30 to 10:30 AM & 2:30 to 5:30 PM.


Park Charges (in Indian Rupees)


  Indian Foreigners
Entry Fees 40.00 * 500.00
Vehicle 100.00 100.00
Still Camera 40.00 40.00
Video Camera 200.00 200.00
Jeep Rental (Half Day) 1500.00 1500.00
Guide (per vehicle) 100.00 100.00
Private Vehicle 150.00 150.00
Boat Ride ** 150.00 *** 150.00
Night Safari (per jeep) 1800.00 1800.00

(Rates are subject to change)

* including morning, evening & afternoon safari.

** up to 5 persons.

*** per person


How to Get There


By Air : The nearest airport is Khajuraho, well connected from Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai etc.

By Rail : Satna, at a distance of around 90 km, is the nearest railway station. It is a major railway hub and is connected to many places in central and western India.

By Bus : The nearest bus stand is Panna connected to Khajuraho and many other places in Madhya Pradesh by a good road network. Madla, at a distance of around 24 km south west of Khajuraho, is a good transport centre. One can get buses and other road transport modes from here to the Panna National Park. To reach by road from Delhi, take the NH2 to Agra, NH3 to Gwalior, NH75 to Panna via Jhansi, Bamitha and Madla.

Distances from Major Cities
Khajuraho : 37 km
Delhi : 580 km
Jhansi : 176 km

Tips & Important Information
  1. Most safaris into the park start from the Madla village. The entrance on the eastern side is from Hindouta, located at an approachable distance from the Panna diamond mines.

  2. If you can stand the heat, it is recommended to visit the park during summer months as it is the best time to spot animals.

  3. Check on the timings and reach half an hour early before park gates open to complete the required formalities.

  4. Follow the rules of the park and do not venture into restricted areas.

  5. Do not try and feed the animals and avoid wearing flashy colors that could attract the wild animals.

  6. Do not litter, carry all the garbage outside the park and dispose off in a suitable area.

Resorts & Lodges in Panna Wildlife Park & Tiger Reserve

  1. Ken River Lodge à

  2. Pashan Garh à

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