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Location : Encompassing the forest divided by the Ken river flowing north to join the Yamuna.
Size : 209 sq miles ( 543 sq km ).
Best time to Visit : January to May.

Panna Wildlife Park

Tiger - Panna Wildlife Park, Panna Wildlife Panna is situated in the Vindhyan hill range and spreads over Panna and Chhtarpur districts in the northern part of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (M.P.).

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 (Anogeissus pendula) mixed forests.

The Ken river, which flows through the Reserve form south to north, is the home for Long Snouted crocodile (gharial) and Marsh Crocodile (mugger) and other aquatic fauna. Ken 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.

Tiger - Panna Wildlife Park, Panna Wildlife The terrain of the Reserve is characterized 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. There are also a 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 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 driver and are dominated by Acacia catechu. Distribution of these habitats creates a heterogeneous landscape, where ecological conditions vary seasonally.

Panna Tiger Reserve is the most important protected area 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.

Archaeological Richness

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.


Venture Into The Panna

Try to visit the park during the winters, as the summers are too unbearable. Miscellaneous dry deciduous forest is inter spread with grassland areas. The forest is a fine composition of riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands.

The characteristic floral species you will come across here include tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandelica, Bosswelia serrata etc.

The Fauna
The predominant species that you will find here are the graceful little Chinkara, the Indian gazelle, and the Chital. Other species that have their habitat in the park are Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha or four-horned Antelope, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Leopard and the ubiquitous common Langur, Tiger, Leopard, striped Hyaena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, four-horned Antelope or Chowsingha, Wild Boar, Chinkara or mountain Gazelle, Gazella, crocodile and others.


The Avi-fauna
Panna Wildlife Sanctuary is equally rich in avifauna. The artificial lake, Chandpata, is the winter home of migratory Geese, Pochard, Pintail, Teal, Mallard Gadwall, Red Wattled Lapwing, Large Pied Wagtail, Pond Heron, White - Breasted Kingfisher, Cormorant, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Laggar Falcon, Purple Sun bird, Paradise Flycatcher and Golden Oriole.

Additional Punch
Panna is famous for its diamond mining industry and this make it an interesting place to visit. Pandav falls is also a major attraction with its lake fed by a waterfall. One more attraction in this region is the Rajgarh Palace, a magnificent piece of architecture overlooking the valley. The temple city of Khajuraho is at a distance of 57 km from the park. You can also head towards the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also go Panchmarhi to enliven yourself.

Extend the Trip to Uttar Pradesh from Panna Wildlife SanctuaryExtend the Trip

You can go to the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh has numerous places of attraction. Visit Agra, Varanasi, the two most exciting destinations in Uttar Pradesh.

Few Difficulties
People generally speak their local language, the educated one can speak English. You may face difficulty in finding your kind of food. Except from some luxurious hotels, you may not find your choice of food.

Few Suggestions
Don't get into any unknown or illegal activity. Do not disturb the local culture and local atmosphere. Try to be well informed about the routes and the place you are going to visit. Contact us when and where needed, while on a wildlife India Tour.

If you want more information on Wildlife India Tour then get back to us, whenever needed. Let us know your requirements, so that we can make your trip to India Wildlife completely exceptional and exciting.

Forest Types
Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Dry Teak Forest
Northern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forest
Dry Deciduous Scrub Forest
Hyena - Panna Wildlife Park, Panna Wildlife Boswellia Forest
Dry Bamboo Brakes
Anogeissus pendula Forest