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Panna, located in Madyha Pradesh, 28 kilometres from Khajuraho, is one of the least explored parks in India.

The park is home to tiger, leopard, sloth bear; a number of cat species – including jungle, rusty-spotted, desert, toddy, and civet; spotted deer, nilgai, four-horned antelope, hyena, crocodiles and many lesser mammals. Panna is prime tiger country with an estimated 35 tigers, and the big cats have made a big comeback in the last seven years due to the efforts of Project Tiger.

Also of note is the local population of sambhar deer, which are some of the largest in India due to vast calcium deposits in the area. The best time for viewing wildlife is during the hot summer months, and game viewing is by jeep or boat.

Panna is easily visited en-route from, or to, nearby Khajuraho and Bandhavgarh National Park, which is five or six hours’ drive to the south.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: desert cat, jungle cat, nilgai, rusty-spotted cat, tiger
  • Where: Madhya Pradesh State, India

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Tigers in Luxury

Experience India’s natural jewels of Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench. These prolific parks and tiger reserves have the most exquisite properties, offering a personal and exclusive service, and vehicle safaris provide you with exciting encounters with some of the finest wildlife to be found in the country.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ken River Lodge

This rustic yet comfortable lodge sits in 12 hectares of pristine jungle, on the banks of the Ken River, beside Panna National Park. Activities include twice daily safaris into the national park in search of tigers and other wildlife, and boat rides to look for crocodiles and the large grey fish eagle.

Pashan Garh

Standing at the top of a small hill with breathtaking views over the forest, this luxury lodge is ideally placed to enjoy the wildlife wonders of Panna National Park. The lodge has 12 stone cottages, traditionally made and themed around the crocodile, as a reminder of the nearby Ken River inhabitants!

Sarai at Toria

The Sarai at Toria sits on the riverside, close to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, an area of natural beauty and wonderful history. Covering three hectares, the grassland and jungle of this eco-friendly retreat attracts colourful dragonflies, a host of bird life and many mammals.