About the Reserve

Panna Tiger Reserve is a critical tiger habitat located in Vindhya Hill in northern Madhya Pradesh and fragile through dynamic dry deciduous forest. This land is characterized by extensive plateaus and gorges. It is a land of mesmerizing waterfalls, naturals, archaeological splendors, legends & cultural richness. It is also the land of the Ken River, which lends it unparalleled beauty. This land is sounded by natural boundaries like in north, it is surrounded by teak forest & in easte, it is surrounded by Teak-Kardhai mixed forest. The NE-SW running Vindhya Hill ranges links the eastern and western population of wild animals.

General information
  • Core: 576.13 Sq Km
  • Buffer: 1021.97 Sq Km
  • Total: 1598.1 Sq Km
Panna Tiger Reserve
Panna, Madhya Pradesh Tel:+917732252135(Office)+917732252120(Fax)
Email:fdpnp.pna@mp.gov.in, fdprt82@gmail.com
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Tiger the king of the jungle, roams freely in this secure, though a bit small habitat alongwith his fellow beings leopard , wild dog , wolf , hyaena and smaller cats. Sloth bear has his most favourite home in the rock escarpments and undisturbed vales. The wooded areas are dotted with sambar the largest of Indian deers, chital and chowsingha . One can easily see Blue Bull and chinkara in most open areas in the grasslands, specially on the periphery. The avifauna comprises more than 200 species including a host of migratory birds. One can see White necked stork, Barheaded goose, Honey Buuzzard, Blossom headed Parakeet, Paradise flycatcher, Slaty headed Scimitar babbler including 5 species of Vultures. Dry and hot climate, in union with shallow Vindhyan soils has given rise to dry Teak and dry mixed forest. The dominating vegetation type is Miscellaneous Dry Deciduous forest interspread with grassland areas. Other major forest types are riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands. The characteristic floral species of this area include tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lanneacoro mandelica, Bosswelia serrata etc. Major shrub species includes Lantana camera, Grewia sp., Nyctanthusarbortristis, Ixora sp., Zyziphusmauritiana, Zyziphusoenoplea, etc. The dominant grass species are Apludamutica, Themedaquadrivalvis, Meteropogoncontortus, Arishtida sp. etc.
  • Best Time to visit
  • The best time to visit the Reserve is 15 October to 15 June.

Tourism Zone & Carrying Capacity

Panna Tiger Reserve has two Tourism Zone namely Madla & Hinauta
Zone Carrying Capacity (per day) Total
Morning Evening
Madla 50 30 20
Hinauta 20 12 8
Total 70 42 28
  • Weather

Panna being situated in Central India is subjected to extreme and tropical weather. Month of January may also witness sub-zero temperatures and frost. Monsoon arrives in the second week of June. The average temperature over the months is as below:

Months Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min (°C) 04 12 18 24 30 30 25 24 22 20 18 08
Max (°C) 18 30 36 40 45 42 36 38 36 38 25 18


  • Accommodation available with Park Management
Accommodation facilities are available in the Karnawati Forest Rest House, Jungle Cottage at Hinauta and Forest Rest House of Madla and Hinauta. Accommodation can be booked in advance during the office hours(1030-1730hrs) over phone (+917732 252135), fax (+917732 252120) and Email:-(fdpnp.pna@mp.gov.in,fdprt82@gmail.com).The right of reservation lies with the Field Director, Panna Tiger Reserve.
  • Private Accomodation
Private Hotels are also present near Gates which can be booked by the Tourists by contacting the respective Hotel Owners.

Connectivity & Distances

There are two Gate Madla and Hinauta
Nearest Airports: Khajurao
Nearest Railway Stations: Khajurao, Satna, Katni and Jhashi

  • Madla Gate

Khajurao- Madla gate - 25 Km
Satna - Madla gate(Via Panna) - 90 Km
Jhashi- Madla gate (Via Chattarpur) - 182 Km

  • Hinauta Gate

Khajurao - Hinauta gate &Majhagawan - 63 Km
Satna – Hinauta gate (Via Panna) - 90 Km
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