Friday, March 30, 2012

Jungle Camp & Ken River Lodge : Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Panna is the twenty second Tiger Reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh. It has a total area of 545 sq km. The Ken River flows through the reserve from south to north. The climate of this region is tropical. Summers are too hot and very uncomfortable, but the chances of encountering the wildlife gets maximized. Winters are cold and comfortable and the temperature generally remains under 25°C. Apart from the tiger; wolf, chital, sloth bear, chinkara, and sambar are commonly found here.
How to reach Panna National Park?
BY AIR – The nearest airport is at Khajuraho at a distance of around 57 km from the Panna National Park. There are daily Air flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi from Khajuraho.
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 ROAD – 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 southwest of Khajuraho, is a good transportation center. One can get buses and other road transport modes from here to the Panna National Park.
Places to see
Panna National Park, Pandava Falls, Mines of Panna (permission is required from Govt. Agency)
Where to stay?
Here I am going to introduce the two staying options near Panna Tiger Reserve. One is Jungle Camp which is located next to the entrance of the Tiger Reserve and another is Ken River Lodge where I visited for brunch and boating.
Though my stay was for a very short duration in Jungle Camp but I was impressed with the facility. It was tented accommodation with a proper wooden door. As it was adjacent to the Tiger Reserve so it was good from a security point of view.
The room was air-conditioned with a double bed, cable connection and excellent washroom facilities. The charge includes the breakfast and dinner.
The safari was finished at 12 in the noon and I still had 6 hours to kill before I could catch the train. So I decided to visit the ken river lodge for boating and brunch.
Ken River Lodge is an ideal setup at the bank of River Ken, in complete isolation.  The entire property is made of woods and surrounded by forest. A rustic charm is a prime advantage of this place.
The restaurant overlooks the River and an ideal place for bird watchers.
They have their own boat that we used to take a stroll in the river.
A few years back this property was washed away in floods but owners rebuilt it and now it stands to offer an unforgettable experience to its visitors. Though I have not stayed here but it seems to be an option for my next visit.
What to eat?
The best eating option in Panna is the Machan or the tree-house restaurant of the Ken River Lodge. The restaurant serves excellent Indian buffet meals and is particularly known for their tandoori items.


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