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Panna National Park

Panna National Park

Panna National Park is situated in the districts of Panna and Chhatarpur which are the parts of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The national park is sprawled over an area of about 542.67 sq km and was honored with the status of national park in the year the same year. It was declared as the 22nd Tiger Reserve of India and the 5th in the very state of Madhya Pradesh.

The national park has also been given the award of excellence in 2007, as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. The park houses some of the endangered species of wild animals like wild cats, which includes tigers, deer as well as antelope and is just at a distance of about 57 km from the best known tourist attraction in the central part of India, the famous Khajuraho, which makes the park as an exciting and favorite stop-over destination.

The wildlife attractions in the national park are Tiger, leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyaena, caracal and other smaller cats. Sloth bear can also be found in the jungles of the national park. Then you can witness sambar, which is the largest of Indian deer, chital and chowsingha. One can easily see nilgai and chinkara in the grasslands of the national park.

The park also houses avifauna and there are more than 200 species of birds in the park, which includes a host of migratory birds. There birds include white necked stork, bareheaded goose, honey Buuzzard, King Vulture, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler…to name a few. Along with these here in the park you can also witness some of the reptiles such as a different species of snakes, including the python and other reptiles.

The flora found in the national park is comprised of dry Teak and dry mixed forest. Most of the vegetation in the park consists of miscellaneous dry deciduous forest inter spread with grassland areas. Other major forest types are riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands. The floral species in the region are tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandelica, Bosswelia serrata etc.

There is another attraction in the park is its safaris and the timings to avail a safari ride are 6:30 to 10:30 AM and 2:30 to 5:30 PM. The best time to visit the national park in from January to May. The nearest airport is Khajuraho and the nearest railhead is at Satna, which is just at a distance of 90 km from the national park. The nearest bus stand is at Panna, which is connected to Khajuraho and other cities of the state.

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