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 sambar deer, which are some of the largest in India due to vast calcium deposits in the area. The best time to see wildlife is during the hot summer months, and 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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