Panna Tiger Reserve Male Tiger

Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna Tiger Reserve, nestled in the Vindhya Range of Madhya Pradesh, India, is a stunning landscape of waterfalls, teak forests, and deep ravines, renowned for its successful tiger reintroduction program and rich biodiversity. This reserve is a crucial conservation area that also supports a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it a vital sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts.

Forest Size

1,645 km2

Forest Type

Dry Deciduous Forest with Teak Vegetation

Mammal Focus

Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Chinkara, Wild Dog

Common Birds

Indian Sandgrouse, Plum-headed Parakeet, Serpent Eagle, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher

Welcome to Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna National Park Map

Panna, the 22nd Tiger Reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh, spans the Vindhyan Ranges across Panna and Chattarpur districts. Established as a National Park in 1981 and declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1994, Panna includes areas from the former Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary, which was created in 1975. This sanctuary combined the forests of the North and South Panna Forest Divisions and parts of the Chhatarpur forest division. Historically, these areas served as hunting grounds for the rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur, and Bijawar.

The park’s location is significant as it marks the end of the forest belt stretching from Cape Comorin, transitioning into the Gangetic plains. It features the northernmost natural teak forests and the easternmost Kardhai (Anogeissus pendula) forests. The Ken River, flowing south to north through the reserve, is a crucial habitat for Gharial, Mugger, and other aquatic species. It is one of Madhya Pradesh’s sixteen perennial rivers, offering stunning landscapes over its 55 km course within the park.

Panna’s terrain includes extensive plateaus and gorges, with distinct tablelands on the Panna side: the Talgaon Plateau, the Hinnauta Plateau, and the Ken Valley. On the Chhatarpur side, undulating hills and plateaus dominate the landscape.

Tour Package Inclusions & Exclusions
What is included in our tour packages?

When you book with Into The Wild, our packages usually include the following (can vary based on individual client requirements):

  • Luxury accommodation in a premium, hand-picked property
  • All meals, including a welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea/coffee (might vary depending on hotel and package opted for)
  • Safari permit bookings for the number of safaris our guests wish to do
  • Private safari jeep on a non-sharing basis
  • Experienced, hand-picked guide and/or driver (the arrangement might vary depending on the park)
  • Airport/railway station transfers
  • Basic first aid and medical assistance, as available at the hotel
  • Contact information for local representatives
  • All applicable taxes
What is not included in our tour packages?

Our packages do not include the following, unless separately requested for:

  • Tips for drivers and guides, which need to be paid after each safari
  • Tips for hotel staff
  • DSLR Camera and lens charges at park entry, wherever applicable (eg. Tadoba)
  • Any additional expenses incurred at the hotel that are not part of the pre-decided package
  • Special arrangements and experiences such as walking tours, picnics, excursions, bush dinners, etc.
  • Access to photography equipment and workshops
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip
  • Cost of flight/train tickets
  • Naturalists provided by the hotel, which will be charged separately as per actuals

By Air

The nearest airport is Khajuraho Airport, located approximately 25 kilometers away. Khajuraho is well-connected with major cities like Delhi and Varanasi through regular flights. From the airport, we can organize an air-conditioned vehicle to transport our guests to their hotel near the park.

By Train

The nearest railway station is also in Khajuraho, about 28 kilometers from Panna Tiger Reserve. Khajuraho Railway Station is linked to major cities such as Delhi, Varanasi and Jhansi. Upon arrival at the station, our pre-booked air-conditioned vehicle will be available to transfer our guests.

This is an indicative itinerary of your wildlife adventure and can be personalized as per your requirements. Reach out to us for a customized tour package.

  1. Day 1 Arrival at Panna

    Arrive at the airport or railway station in Khajuraho and our air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to pick you up and drop you to your luxurious accommodation

    Afternoon: Savor a refreshing welcome drink upon your arrival at your accommodation near Panna Tiger Reserve. After checking in, enjoy a satisfying lunch and settle comfortably into your room
    Evening: Attend a brief orientation session about Panna Tiger Reserve, learning about its rich history, biodiversity and the tigers
    Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner at the resort, featuring local and international cuisine and retire early for the night

  2. Day 2 Exploring Panna Tiger Reserve

    Early Morning Safari: Wake up early and embark on your first safari. The morning safari offers the best chance to spot tigers and other wildlife such as leopards, deer and various bird species

    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Relaxation Time: Spend the late morning relaxing by the pool, visiting the spa or exploring the resort’s nature trails
    Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Head out for your second safari in the afternoon. This time of day is perfect for capturing stunning photographs as the wildlife becomes more active
    Evening: Return to the resort and unwind with a wildlife documentary screening over a cup of coffee/tea and some evening snacks
    Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the resort, sharing stories and experiences from the day’s adventures

  3. Day 3 In-Depth Wildlife Exploration

    Early Morning Safari: Another early start for your third safari. Explore a different zone of the park, increasing your chances of diverse sightings.
    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Lunch: Lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Your fourth safari will take you deeper into the reserve. Keep your cameras ready for those perfect wildlife shots.
    Evening: Sip on a cup of coffee/tea along with some local snacks as you unwind after a long day of safaris
    Dinner: Indulge in a special dinner with a vast local and international spread

  4. Day 4 Departure

    Early Morning Safari (Optional): If you’re an early riser and full of enthusiasm, opt for one last safari before your departure
    Breakfast: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort
    Packing and Check-Out: Pack your belongings and check out of the resort
    Departure: Depart for your onward journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of your time at Panna. Our air-conditioned vehicles will transport you to the airport or station.

  5. Customization Options Varies Depending on Destination & Resort

    Guests can tailor their experience with additional activities such as:

    Guided Nature Walks: Explore the flora and fauna on foot with an experienced naturalist
    Photography Workshops: Learn wildlife photography techniques from professional photographers
    Bird Watching Tours: Special tours focusing on the rich birdlife of Panna
    Bonfire Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by warm ambience, crackling sounds and starry skies

    Customizations may incur additional fees based on the type, dates and destination. Please inform us of any desired customizations to make your trip memorable.

  6. Customize a Trip Get in Touch!

    For a customized itinerary and bookings, please contact us on +91 81043 78074 or via our WhatsApp bot. We will assist you in creating a personalized adventure that fits your preferences and interests.

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Pandav Falls in Panna Tiger Reserve

Stunning Geological Formations:

The reserve is part of the Vindhya mountain range and features spectacular geological formations. The terrain includes deep gorges, cascading waterfalls like Pandav Falls, and the unique Ken River Canyon, which adds to the scenic beauty and attracts geologists and nature enthusiasts alike.

Panna Tiger Reserve Tiger walking head on

Tiger Comeback Success:

Panna Tiger Reserve is celebrated for one of the most successful tiger reintroduction and conservation programs. In 2009, the reserve had no tigers left due to poaching. However, through rigorous efforts, including translocation of tigers from other reserves, Panna now boasts a thriving tiger population, with over 50 tigers reported as of recent years.

The Into The Wild Touch

At Into The Wild, we believe in providing our guests with only the finest luxury accommodations. To ensure this, our dedicated team personally visits each property, staying there to experience every detail firsthand. This commitment to quality guarantees that the accommodations we recommend meet our stringent standards for comfort, luxury, and service.

Our founder, Akshay Gurnani, alongside a robust network of seasoned professionals, meticulously evaluates each location, from its amenities to the surrounding natural beauty. This hands-on approach reassures our customers that they will enjoy an unparalleled stay, immersing themselves in the tranquility and splendor of nature without sacrificing any comfort.

We take pride in offering a curated selection of properties that promise not only a luxurious retreat but also an unforgettable journey into the wild.

We are also constantly seeking to expand our list of accommodation partners, ensuring that our customers have a diverse array of options to choose from. By continually adding new hotels & resorts, we can offer fresh and unique experiences tailored to the preferences and desires of our guests.

Ken River LodgeLuxury Lodge

Ken River Lodge Panna

The best time to visit Panna Tiger Reserve is from October to March. During this period, the weather is pleasant, making it ideal for wildlife viewing and safaris. Here’s a seasonal breakdown:

Winter (October to February): This is the most favorable time to visit. The temperatures range from 8°C to 25°C (46°F to 77°F), providing a comfortable climate for safaris. Wildlife is more active during the cooler parts of the day, increasing the chances of spotting animals, including tigers.

Summer (March to June): Although temperatures can rise to between 30°C and 45°C (86°F to 113°F), the summer months are also good for wildlife sightings. Animals tend to gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. However, visitors should be prepared for the heat and plan their safaris for early mornings and late afternoons.

Monsoon (July to September): The park receives significant rainfall during the monsoon season. While the landscape becomes lush and green, the heavy rains can make safaris challenging, and the park remains closed to visitors during this period for maintenance and safety reasons.

Therefore, planning your visit between October and March will ensure the best experience at Panna Tiger Reserve.

Panna Tiger Reserve is divided into several zones, each accessible through specific gates. The main zones and their respective gates are:

1. Madla Zone:
Madla Gate: The most popular entry point, offering good wildlife sightings and scenic views.

2. Hinauta Zone:
Hinauta Gate: Another prime area for wildlife spotting, known for its diverse flora and fauna.

3. Akasgarh Zone:
Akasgarh Gate: This gate provides access to a less frequented part of the reserve, offering a more serene safari experience.

4. Jhinna Zone:
Jhinna Gate: Known for its lush landscapes and rich biodiversity, providing a unique safari experience.

Each zone in Panna Tiger Reserve offers a distinct experience, and booking safaris in advance is recommended to ensure access to your preferred zone and gate.

For Indian citizens, any of the following identity proofs is acceptable:
i. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India
ii. Passport PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
iii. Driving License issued by RTO
iv. Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
v. Aadhaar Card

For foreigners, only passport is accepted as ID Proof.

When preparing for a trip to Panna Tiger Reserve, it’s essential to pack the following items for a comfortable and enjoyable experience:

Summer Months:
– Lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirts/shirts and pants for protection against insects, sunburn and thorny vegetation.
– Cap/Floppy Hat with a brim to shield your face from the sun

Winter Months:
– Warm, layered clothing (thermal innerwear, fleece jackets, sweaters) to combat chilly mornings and evenings
– Thermal socks
– Gloves, scarf and beanie to protect against cold winds
– Face buff for protection from dust
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Personal Gear:
– Sunscreen with a high SPF
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Neutral-coloured clothing (grey, brown, green). Avoid bright colours such as red, orange, blue, white, etc.
– Sports shoes or any comfortable, closed footwear for safaris
– Insect repellent
– Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
– A lightweight, comfortable backpack to carry essentials during safaris
– Binoculars for wildlife viewing
– DSLR Camera, a telephoto lens along with extra batteries
– Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries (incase of night safari)

Additionally for winter months:
– Hand warmers for added comfort during early morning safaris.
– Lip balm and moisturiser to prevent dryness due to cold weather

Documents and Essentials:
– Valid identification such as PAN, Aadhar or  Driver’s licence
– Cash (Rs. 100/200/500 denominations) for souvenirs, tips, and contingencies

Snacks and Water:
– The hotel will provide water bottles in insulated boxes. Consider carrying effervescent tablets such as Fast&Up for additional hydration.
– Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits or other non-perishable snacks for quick energy during safaris

Personal Hygiene Items:
– Hand sanitizer or wet wipes for cleaning hands
– Tissues or toilet paper
– Biodegradable soap

Optional Items:
– Portable charger or power bank for recharging electronics
– Travel pillow for comfort during long drives
– Travel umbrella for sun or rain protection
– Portable or collapsible water bottle

Panna Tiger Reserve Safari Timings
Time Period Morning Safari  Evening Safari
1st Oct – 30th Nov (post-Monsoon) 6:00am to 10:00am 2:30pm to 5:45pm
1st Dec – 28th Feb (Winter) 7:00am to 10:30am 2:00pm to 5:30pm
1st Mar – 31st Apr (Autumn) 6:30am to 10:00am 3:00pm to 5:45pm
1st May – 30th June (Summer) 5:30am to 9:30am 3:30pm to 6:00pm
1st July – 30th Sept Closed Closed


Always try to reach the gate, along with the safari permits and valid IDs, at least 30 minutes before the gate opening.

The park management holds the right to change the safari timings as per their discretion, hence it’s advisable to always check the timing closer to your travel dates.

Both Panna and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves offer unique and enriching wildlife experiences, and the choice between them depends on your preferences and priorities. Here are some factors to consider:

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve:
Tiger Sightings: Bandhavgarh is renowned for its high density of tigers, making it one of the best places in India for tiger sightings.
Scenic Beauty: The reserve is known for its beautiful landscapes, including hills, forests, and meadows.
Historical Significance: Bandhavgarh has a rich history, with ancient ruins and caves that add a cultural dimension to your visit.
Accessibility: It is relatively more popular and has better tourist facilities and accommodations.

Panna Tiger Reserve:
Biodiversity: Panna offers a diverse range of wildlife, including leopards, gharials, and a variety of bird species.
Scenic Landscapes: The reserve is known for its stunning landscapes, including the Ken River, waterfalls, and gorges.
Less Crowded: Panna is generally less crowded than Bandhavgarh, providing a more peaceful and serene experience.
Conservation Success: Panna has seen significant success in tiger conservation, with a growing tiger population due to relocation and conservation efforts.

Which One to Choose?
For Tiger Enthusiasts: If your primary goal is to see tigers, Bandhavgarh might be the better choice due to its higher likelihood of sightings.

For Diverse Wildlife and Scenic Beauty: If you are looking for a less crowded experience with diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes, Panna could be more appealing.

Ultimately, both reserves offer exceptional wildlife experiences, and the choice depends on what aspects of the visit are most important to you.

Panna Tiger Reserve is known for its successful tiger reintroduction program, and several tigers have gained prominence due to their significant roles in the park’s conservation story. Some of the famous tigers include:

T1 (Badi Maa): One of the first tigresses introduced to Panna from Bandhavgarh, T1 played a crucial role in the park’s tiger recovery program. She was known for her successful adaptation and her contribution to increasing the tiger population in the reserve.

T2: Another tigress brought from Kanha, T2 was instrumental in the early stages of the reintroduction program. She adapted well to her new environment and helped establish a stable tiger population in Panna.

P213-32 (Heera): A notable male tiger known for his large territory and frequent sightings. Heera has become a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts and photographers visiting the reserve.

P213-33 (Panna): Another prominent male tiger, Panna is recognized for his majestic presence and significant contribution to the gene pool in the reserve.

These tigers have been key figures in the conservation efforts at Panna Tiger Reserve, helping to restore and maintain a healthy tiger population in the park.

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