Friday, March 30, 2012

Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna is the twenty second Tiger Reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh. The Reserve is situated in the Vindhya Ranges and spreads over Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the north of the state. Panna National Park was created in 1981 and it was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1994. The Ken River flows through the reserve from south to north. It has a total area of 545 sq km. Panna Tiger Reserve has been given the Award of Excellence “The Best Maintained Tourist Friendly National Park of the Country” by the Ministry of Tourism Govt. of India in 2007.
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 around Panna National Park
Panna national park has red soil.
The movement of tiger is kept under watch through elephants.
He was not happy with our presence, and after his shout there were as many as 10 jackals came to join him
Out of the nine vulture species found in India, Panna has six of them. The are : Oriental White-backed Vulture, Long billed Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Indian Griffon Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Cinereous Vulture.
The ‘vulture estimation exercise’ was conducted on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of January 2012 in Panna. They were about to extinct but lucky there number are growing rapidly here, thanks to all those conservation programs. We had encountered a group of vultures during our safari.
Beside flora and fauna the nature in National park is another aspect that attracts its visitors.
I too feel like, the forest can be visited only to see the pure and unspoiled nature, the tiger is obviously a bonus.
A few years back Panna had a respectable Tiger population of around 30. But due to poaching the tigers become extinct in the reserve two years ago and to revive it, three tigresses and a tiger were translocated into the reserve. Two tigresses have given birth to around five cubs. It was a path-breaking and first of its kind successful experiment of tiger conservation involving the breeding of a translocated tigress in captivity. Now all the tigers have given radio collars and they are monitored consistently with GPS (global positioning system) and HRF (high radio frequency) devices. Cameras are installed everywhere to stop poaching. The safari as well an unforgettable experience ends at 11.30 in the morning.
Where to stay?
The first option is Jungle Camp which is located next to the entrance of the Panna Tiger Reserve and another is Ken River Lodge. Jungle Camp was tented accommodation with a proper wooden door. The room was air-conditioned with a double bed, cable connection and excellent washroom facilities. The charge includes the breakfast and dinner. Ken River Lodge was 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.
 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.


  1. Thanks a lot for posting such an elucidated article.... Panna national park is an amazing landscape but sadly not luring Tiger lovers these days... but still i loved the serene Ken river which flows through the national park...

  2. Panna Tiger Reserve is located in the northern part of Central India. Panna can boast of some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery, vast flat plateaux separated by steep escarpments. Ken River, which joins the Yamuna, flows through the park forming a perennial source of water in this area. After monsoon rains, the landscape in Panna is dotted with many waterfalls adding beauty to the lush green Vindhyan hills Panna Tiger Reserve