GHARIYAL, A HUGE REPTILE FOUND ONLY IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT, CAN BE SPOTTED AT KEN GHARIYAL SANCTUARY
SPOT ONE OF THE HIGHEST WATERFALLS OF INDIA HERE.
AWARDED BEST MAINTAINED NATIONAL PARK OF INDIA IN 2007 BY MINISTRY OF TOURISM OF INDIA.
WAS UNDER THE HOLD OF FOUNDED BY MAHARAJA CHHATRASAL
The tale of Panna’s diamonds
Panna’s diamond mines were a boon
Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara
It is believed that when Maharaja Chhatrasal was going to battle the Mughals, he was given a boon by a man he idolised.
Maharaja Chhatrasal was a follower of Pranami Dharma and an ardent disciple of Mahamati Prannathji. It was Dev Karanji, Maharaja Chhatrasal's nephew, who helped the king in meeting Swami Prannathji. During this meeting, the king revealed that he is going for a battle against the Mughals. At this, Swami Prannathji gave his own sword to the king and covered the king's head with a scarf, blessing him, "You will always be victorious. Diamond mines will be discovered in your land and you will become a great emperor."
This prophecy came true and today, with numerous mines, Panna is popularly known as the Diamond city.
Mines shining with diamonds within a national park that's home to some of the biggest predators and waterfalls of dizzying heights; Panna has the amazing superpower to, both, calm you and thrill you!
The city's royal past dates back to mid of 17th Centuary AD, when it became the capital of Maharaja Chhatrasal’s kingdom. On the other hand, with Ken River passing through Panna hills, the city has a wildlife-friendly present. You can spot the majestic tiger, the ghariyal - a huge reptile found only in the Indian subcontinent, and a variety of flora and fauna.
A visit to Panna will surely bring alive the child-like awe in you.
Points of interest
This 100 ft. high waterfall can be seen anytime throughout the year
Ken River forms a 98 ft. high gorge in the crystalline granite, giving you varying shades of pink and red to grey.
Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary
Located at the bank of Ken river , it has colourful sandstone and granite.
Ken boating site
You can spot several migratory birds while you enjoy a lazy sail on the Ken river
Mahamati Prannathji temple
During Sharad Purnima, Pranami pilgrims visit this temple, in which Swami Prannathji took Samadhi.
Housing the idol of Shri Baldeoji in black shaligrami stone, this temple is built in Paladian style.
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Madla Jungle Camp
MPTDC Jungle camp is located close by to Panna National Park. They have 10 AC tents and a fabulous restaurant. It is an ideal place for budget travellers looking to access the park.
AC Swiss Cottage
Khajuraho - 22.2kms
Khajuraho Railway Station - 19kms
Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
Nearest airport to Panna is Khajuraho (45 km). There are air links from Khajuraho to New Delhi.
Reaching by Rail
The nearest railway stations are Satna and Khajuraho which are directly linked to Bhopal, Jabalpurand and Delhi. The distance between Panna to Satna and Khajuraho is only about 70 km and 45 km respectively.
Reaching by Road
A well maintained network of roads link Panna with most cities - Khajuraho (45 km), Bhopal (450 km) and a lot more.
A handy digital map of the location and facilities for easy reference.
LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year, but it’s best to visit in the months of October to April.