National Park is a very popular wild life reserve.
Located in the central Indian province of Madhya
Pradesh, this national park is at a distance of
almost 57 km from Khajuraho. Among the better known
in India, Panna National Park is one of them. The
park is famous for its big cats like the tigers and
the leopards. Tourists who visit Khajuraho, make it
a point to get to the Panna National Park to see the
majestic cats in the wild. The landscape is rocky,
the terrain is uneven and the vegetation comprises
of mainly tall grass and scrubby bushes.
The bio-diversity in this national park is extremely
rich. Apart from the powerful and huge tigers, the
park also has wolf, chital, sloth bear, chinkara and
The Panna National Park is located in the Indian
state of Madhya Pradesh and is a part of the
Chattarpur district. The park is well connected with
the other parts of the region by a good network of
roads. Distances of some important places in India
from the Panna National Park are Bhopal 727 km,
Delhi 889 km, Chennai 1761, and Calcutta 1040 km.
Panna has a tiger reserve which is called Panna
National Park. The density of tigers in this park
was less compared to Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore.
Sightings of tigers in Panna have fallen over recent
years, and official tiger population figures are
disputed by naturalists. There were plans to
relocate two tigresses to Panna in 2009 ,
which actually happened, but the last male tiger
meanwhile disappeared. The reserve is home to a
wide variety of 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.
This region has mixed deciduous forests. The
landscape of this rocky and uneven terrain is
covered by scrubby vegetation and grass.
Fauna of this park includes, apart from the tiger;
wolf, chital, sloth bear, chinkara, and sambar.
Tiger sightings are not very common here and to
watch a wild cat in action needs a lot of patience
along with luck. The Ken River that flows from here
towards the north harbours both the major Indian
species of crocodiles i.e. the mugger and long
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
Pench National Park
National park, nestling in the lower southern
reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench
river, meandering through the park from north to
south. It is located on the southern boundary of
Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the
districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.Pench National
Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core
area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench
National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and
remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the
The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious
history. A description of its natural wealth and
richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Pench Tiger Reserve
and its neighbourhood is the original setting of
Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book.
Forests and Wildlife
The undulating topography supports a mosaic of
vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to
open, dry deciduous forest. Over 1200 species of
plants have been recorded
from the area including several rare and endangered
plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical
The area has always been rich in wildlife. It is
dominated by fairly open canopy, mixed forests with
considerable shrub cover and open grassy patches.
The high habitat heterogeneity favours high
population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve
has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3
animals per sq km).
The area is especially famous for large herds of
Gaur (Indian Bison), Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild
Dog and Wild Pig. The key predator is the Tiger
followed by Leopard, Wild Dog and Wolf. Other
animals include Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara,
Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian
Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine etc.