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Panna National Park

From safaris to boat rides, from spotting spectacular birdlife to seeking out tigers and sloth bears, Panna offers many exciting opportunities to the wildlife lover.

Panna is located around 45-minutes’ drive east of the world-famous temple town of Khajuraho and spreads over a landscape of rocky hills and ravines, covered by scrubby deciduous teak, bamboo and sal forest. The Ken River runs for about 55 km within the sanctuary.

Panna hosts a huge range of wildlife including tiger, jungle cat, leopard, hyena, wild dog, wolf and sloth bear. Along with many mammals, over 200 species of bird have been identified, which include a host of winter migratory birds. Panna is the first choice for birders.

Panna National Park, India
Panna National Park, India
Panna National Park, India
Panna National Park, India
Fishing Owl, Panna National Park, Madhya, Pradesh, India
Panna National Park, India

Why choose to visit Panna National Park

Panna’s tiger population is flourishing with over 40 tigers counted in 2018. 15 tigers are regularly spotted in the buffer zones. Although sightings are rare, the numbers are on the increase which is exciting. The main reason to visit Panna is for an all-round wildlife experience. Panna is accessible by flight from Delhi and Varanasi, followed by a short drive by private air-conditioned vehicle. A visit to Panna combines well with a visit to Khajuraho temples and Bandhavgarh National Park.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Sarai at Toria £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Sarai at Toria ‘s uniquely designed accommodation is situated on a beautiful riverside site, close to the UNESCO heritage site of Khajuraho and Panna National Park. This comfortable but earth-friendly riverside retreat is owned and run by passionate conservationists and offers a home from home environment. The eight independent cottages are set in a lovely garden bordered by the Ken River. The food is some of the best you will find in India and mainly grown on their farm.

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Taj Pashan Garh £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located near Panna National Park, Taj Pashan Garh offers 12 luxury stone cottages set atop a small hill with magnificent views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole.  

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