Panna Tourism

Panna Tourism

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  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Panna
Panna is a small city, famous for its diamond mines and Tiger Reserve, located in Panna district. Panna is situated on the Vindhyachal Ranges and has an average elevation of 433 metres. The city has many diamond mining industries and monuments, which makes it an important city of Madhya Pradesh. Panna is not only visited for its National wild life reserves but also for the monuments and shrines.

Panna was once the capital of the Bundela kingdom. Chhatar Sal, the leader of Bundela Rajput revolted against the Mughal Empire, and after his death, the region was divided between his two sons. The kingdom of Panna was given to Harde Sah, the eldest son of Chhatar Sal. In the 19th century, Panna became a princely state of British India.

The city has many major tourist attractions that make it an important place from the tourism point of view. There are several places of interest in Panna like Ajaygarh Fort, Kalinjar Fort, Mahamati Prannathji Temple, Pandav caves, diamond mines and Panna National Park.  Panna is also recognised as a significant pilgrim for the Pranami sect followers located all over the world.

According to mythology, the Pandavas stayed in the jungles of Panna during their exile. The Pandav waterfall attracts tourists due to its height of 100 metres. The Pandav waterfall and caves are located in the Panna Wildlife Sanctuary and is a popular picnic spot.

Panna is recognised all over for its Wildlife National Park. It is known for its Tiger Reserve, which is spread over an area of 543 sq km.  Apart from tigers, it has wild animals like wolf, chinkara, sambar, sloth bear, etc. Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary, which has different types of species of animals and birds, is another popular tourist attraction.

The nearest airport to Panna is Khajuraho Airport, located at a distance of 26 kilometres from Panna and it is well connected to Delhi. Jhansi railway station is 176 km away from Panna and is the closest railhead in that region. The station has regular train services to major cities in India.

Panna is hot in summer and very cold in winter. The best time to be in this city is between October and June, especially because the Panna Tiger Reserve remains open from 1st October to 30th June.

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Hrish Thota

  • Connoisseur
  • Hrish Thota
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 111 photos
  • 38 Reviews
  •  1658 helpful votes
  •  3129 readers

"Get in touch with your wild side at Panna"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2016
Panna is primarily a wildlife destination thanks to the majestic Panna National Park where you can get sighting of tigers and leopards. It also has the historical Mahamati Prannathji temple. Beautiful views of the Ken River can be seen here too. Stay at Jungle camp to be closest to safari.
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 218 photos
  • 27 Reviews
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"A gem in itself"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2016
Panna is known throughout the world for it's diamond mines but it won't be an overstatement to say that Panna is a gem in itself. Ken river flows through this lovely place and the Panna Tiger Reserve is an attraction for every wildlife lover. The bio-diversity in this national park is very rich. Other than the powerful and huge tigers & leopard, the park also has wolves, chitals, sloth bears, chinkara and sambar. There are about 300 different varieties of birds which make this national park a must visit for every ornithologist.

We stayed the Jungle camp right next to the Tiger reserve. The hotel had every possible amenity that one could think of and yet retained the charm of camping. Food at the in-house restaurant is worth trying!
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Nivedith Gajapathy

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  • Nivedith Gajapathy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 39 Reviews
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
Panna is normally known for its diamond mines but there are much more than that. One of them is the Panna National Park which is a Tiger Reserve. The reserve is home to a wide variety of tigers and other animals, many of which can be seen at closer quarters than in other reserves, because Panna has fewer visitors. There are jungle lodges and hotels near the reserve, it can also be reached from Khajuraho. Raneh fall and Pandav fall are also famous visiting spots of tourists during monsoon.

We stayed at the jungle camp which is next to the entrance of Panna national park and the experience is surreal staying in tents is quite an experience.

One of the other places you can visit in panna is Prannathji Temple and National Museum.
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Neelima V

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  • Neelima V
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 20 Reviews
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"Great choice for a wildlife enthusiast"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2016
Panna may be known for its diamonds but its biggest draw for tourists is the gorgeous Panna National Park which is spread over an area of over 450 sq km.

While Kanha and Bandhavgarh continue to be the cynosure of wildlife enthusiasts and Tiger aficionados across the country and world, what Panna has going for itself is a success story of how the relocated Tiger population is slowly growing after poaching took devastating toll on all of it's resident Tigers till 2009. Today, Tigers relocated from Kanha and Bandhavgarh are slowly adapting to these forests and occasionally grace the visitors with their appearances.

Best thing to do here is to go on a safari inside the national park!
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Lakshmi Sharath

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  • Lakshmi Sharath
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 32 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  843 helpful votes
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"Panna - a wildlife destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2016
Panna for me is associated with the River Ken and the beautiful forest where tigers, leopards roam along with their prey - sambhar, chital, nilgai monkeys. We did two safaris here and one group was lucky to spot a leopard attacking its prey. Besides the forests, the city has temples and old monuments as well. Panna is also referred to as diamond city. If you want to do just one safari, you can keep Khajuraho as your base or else you can stay here and try your luck to spot the wild cats.
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Husain Shabbir

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  • Husain Shabbir
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews
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"Beautiful Forest-Panna"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Panna is a beautiful forest located in Madhya Pradesh. It's hilly terrain makes it even more splendid with beautiful flora and an enchanting forest. Tiger is spotting is difficult but leopards and sloth bears can be spotted if you the odds are in your favour.
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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"It was a good forest visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
At Karnataka more tigers are there. So far I have not sighted one. At Panna though there are less, I could spot one. The grass is short. So the tiger walks majestically through the grass. Though camouflaged, I could spot. The guides with the help of a radio collar signal, know the tigers' location. If we are lucky, our gypsy will reach there immediately. The whole area is kept clean and silent. There is a dustbin in the gypsy to carry our breakfast garbage. It is so refreshing to be in this forest, especially near the lake and river. We can get down and sit. The village is small with no facility. We were treated well and given hot tea - black tea specially made for me.
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Manish Kumar

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  • Manish Kumar
  • Lives in Saharanpur
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  • 21 Reviews
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"A place full of divine energy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2015
A beautiful place in M. P. Panna is situated about 50 km. Away from famous tourist place Khjuraho. Nearest railway stations are Khajuraho and Satna. You can enjoy beautiful scenes on khajuraho to Panna road because it passes through Panna tiger reserve. In panna tourists can visit many beautiful temples of Shri Nijanand Sampraday. These temples are about 400 years old. You can feel divine peace and energy in these temples. Tourist can buy Peda(sweet dish ) and Chironji(a dry fruit) from panna.
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Surojit Ghose

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  • Surojit Ghose
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"The wild cats at Panna National Park"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2007
Dense forest, Lots of the usual wildlife- the deer variety! Chances of sighting a tiger are remote. Try travelling on the outer periphery of the park. Sighted 03 leapords prancing in the wild on the fringes of the park!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: None as I had gone on a day trip from khajuraho

Activities & things to do: Best time to visit the park in winter is before sunrise to be able to sight the wild cats. A walk on the banks of the river Ken at the main complex from where to buy the entrance tickets before dawn is awesome!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Club this trip as an excursion from Khajuraho. The roads leading to the park vary from good to very bad (best suited for a bullock ride)!
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