The quiet, scenic Panna National Park hides in the shadows of the famous town of Khajuraho. Sited on the banks of the River Ken, it is gaining popularity with discerning travellers who are looking for a more peaceful, authentic wildlife experience.
Panna National Park
History and Landscape
Panna National Park is located about half an hour’s drive away from the UNESCO world heritage site of the Khajuraho temples. Declared a National Park and Tiger Reserve in 1981 and 1994 respectively, the forest covers an area of about 543 kilometres square. "Situated on the Bundelkhand plateau, this forest was once a popular “Shikargah” or hunting ground for the local nobility, now a thing of the past. The park is one of the most dramatic, with plateaus, hills, gorges, waterfalls and the river Ken running through the forest. Panna is a glowing testimonial to a successful effort in tiger conservation. With the tiger population being extinct in Panna in 2009, several tigers were relocated here from other reserves. Increased protection of the park with adept management of the forest led to a steady increase in tiger numbers. Currently there are over 35 adult tigers in the park. This region also has the pride of having one of only two active diamond mines in all of Asia.