Sheltered in Madhya Pradesh, Panna National Park is at a distance of around 57 km from the nearby temple-town of Khajuraho. Panna city is especially famous for its diamond industry. Nevertheless, what adds to the popularity of the place is Panna Wildlife Sanctuary, which is also a renowned Tiger Reserve of India. The place sees major tourist footfalls due to its distinctive mark, as far as its wildlife variety is concerned. Moreover, tourists visiting Khajuraho also love to take a quick day out to this park. You can easily reach the Panna National Park by air or road from Khajuraho (57 km). By train, the most convenient railhead is Satna, located at a distance of 90 km from Panna.
As the climatic condition in this area mostly remains arid and hot, teak and dry mixed forest is what comprises the flora of Panna National Park. The total area of the place stretches to about 543 sq km and is a miscellany of dry deciduous forest, along with patches of prairies. Thorny woodlands and riverines also remain scattered amidst the blossoming vegetation. Trees like common teak, tendu, mahua and dhaora can be included among the wide varieties of floral species that form a major feature of the park.
The animal wealth of Panna National Park is globally recognized. Animals like tigers, wild cats, deer and antelopes are some of the major species that the park boasts of. In fact, you can often spot tigers taking lazy strolls in the forested lands of the park. Leopards, wild dogs, wolves, hyenas, caracals are also frequent sights. The groves are speckled with animals like sambar and chowsingha. Sleepy dales cuddle many sloth bears and animals like nilgai and chinkara dot the open prairies. Reptiles are also another major attraction of this park.
You can witness a wide variety of avifauna, as the park houses more than 200 species of birds. It also shelters many migratory birds. White-necked stork, honey buzzard, king vulture, bareheaded goose, blossom headed parakeet, paradise flycatcher, slaty-headed scimitar, babbler are some of the many exciting and colorful birds that comprises the avifauna of the park.