Panna National Park is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh,at a distance of around 57 km from Khajuraho. The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country. The park is known worldwide for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination.
The climate of the region is tropical. Summers, somewhat scorching, are when one has the maximum chances of encountering the exclusive wildlife of this park. Winters are cold and comfortable and the temperature generally remains under 25°C. Monsoon touches this region in July and continues till mid-September.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Khajuraho. Jet Airways flies from Delhi (10:40) to Khajuraho via Varanasi. To reach Khajuraho from other major cities, fly to Varanasi and catch a connecting flight from there. Indian Airlines flies Delhi-Varanasi daily at 11:40 and Mumbai-Varanasi daily at 8:00.
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.
Travel Tips/Important Information
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check on the timings and reach half an hour early before park gates open to complete the required formalities.
- Follow the rules of the park and do not venture into restricted areas.
- Do not try and feed the animals and avoid wearing flashy colors that could attract the wild animals.