Panna National Park is an exceptional bioreserve in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh spreading over 542.67 square kilometers. Its location in the tropical forest belt has given the sanctuary the advantage of a thick cover with teak and 'Kardhai' Anogeissus pendula jungles. Each year, people travel to the park to get a glimpse of the endangered creatures it protects like the blossom-headed parakeet, tigers and spotted deer.
The Panna Tiger Saga
The forest has been a major tiger reserve for years as it is a part of Project Tiger since 1995. Although the tigers in the park were victims of poaching, the authorities have redoubled efforts to restore the population. Currently, the sanctuary houses a number of tigresses and cubs. In addition to the dense deciduous forest cover, the subtle presence Ken River passing through the sanctuary helps create the perfect environment for the wildlife.
Tourism in Panna National Park
Tourists on safaris report to having seen a number of tigers with their cubs, the elusive chinkara and Nilgai in the park. The doe-eyed sambhar deer are among species spotted too, as is the notorious sloth bear. Apart from animals, the sanctuary is the idyllic haunt for close to 200 distinct varieties of birds including the king vulture. The rare bar-headed goose and mysterious honey buzzard are also housed at Panna National Park.
A forest safari is the most thrilling way to tour the sanctuary for it gives travelers a way to view endangered species in the natural habitat.