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Panna National Park/India

Introducing Panna National Park

Tigers are now making a comeback after being reintroduced to this reserve from Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha, and after some cubs have been born to these new settlers. This is a good place to see crocodiles and, with the Ken River flowing through it, Panna is a peaceful, picturesque place to spend a day on your way to or from Khajuraho. In fact, it’s easy enough to do an afternoon safari here as a day trip from Khajuraho, using public transport to get to and from Madla.

Even if you don’t stay the night here, it’s worth making Jungle Camp your base. It is on the edge of Madla village, 200m past the large Ken River bridge (if you’re coming from Khajuraho), and right by Madla Gate, the main entrance to the park. There’s a restaurant (mains ₹80 to ₹200), you can arrange jeep safaris and there’s a nicely kept garden dotted with children’s play areas in which the comfortable air-conditioned tents for guests are located. Upmarket packages including full board and jungle safaris are available through Ken River Lodge and Taj Hotel's Pashan Garh.

Regular buses run between Madla and Khajuraho (₹30, one hour) and between Madla and Satna (₹75, three hours), although for Satna you sometimes have to change at the nearby town of Panna (₹10, 30 minutes).