Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna is the twenty second Tiger Reserve of India and fifth in Madhya Pradesh . The Reserve is situated in the Vindhyan Ranges and spreads over Panna and Chattarpur districts in the north of the state.

Panna National Park was created in 1981. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve by Government of India in 1994. The National Park consists of areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1975. This sanctuary comprised of territorial forests of the present North and South Panna Forest Division to which a portion of the adjoining Chhatarpur forest division was added later. The reserved forests of the Park in Panna district and some protected forests on Chhatarpur side were the hunting preserves of the erstwhile rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar princely states in the past.

The Ken river, which flows through the Reserve from south to north, is home for Gharial and Mugger, and other aquatic fauna and is one of the least polluted rivers and a tributary of Yamuna. It is one of the sixteen perennial rivers of Madhya Pradesh and is truly the life line of the Reserve. Ken offers some of the most spectacular scenery to the visitor while it meanders for some 55 km through the reserve.

Panna few years back like Sariska had lost it’s entire tiger population due to poaching. While park officials kept on denying, one by one all tigers got wiped out. In 2009 tigers from Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Pench were translocated to Panna, program saw success when first breeding success was achieved in 2010 with female T1 giving birth to 4 cubs of which 2 survived. Today tiger count  has crossed 20 plus and is a successful case study of tiger reintroduction.

Quick Facts

Area: 1645.08 sq km

Longitude: 80.1700° E

Latitude: 24.2700° N

Best time to Visit: December to March

Nearest Airport: Khajuraho

Nearest Railway Station: Khajuraho (25 km), Satna (90km), Katni(150 km)

Weekly off: Wednesday evening

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