Beyond the Jungle: Exciting Places to Explore in and Around Panna National Park

Panna National Park is a famous national park with many options for exploration. The Park’s surrounding area has several tourist attractions to let you enjoy your vacation. In addition, Panna is surrounded by places of interest that are rich in history and naturally beautiful places that are great for a sightseeing tour.

Baldeoji Temple and Mahamati Prannath Ji Temple reflect different eras of architecture. Tourists will be amazed by the tranquility and positivity inside the temple premises. Both shrines hold immense significance among devotees.

Raneh Falls and Pandav Falls are the top waterfalls every traveler likes to see. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves, and a lake, and they are a nature lover’s delight. History buffs can also enjoy places like the Dhubela Museum, Mastani Mahal, and Ajaygarh & Kalinjar Fort, giving travelers an incredible experience of the past. Known for their rich cultural heritage, these two forts preserved their elegance in a commendable fashion.

Remember to check out Ken Gharial Sanctuary and Madla Village, which offer travelers different surroundings. Travelers can explore the sanctuary’s flora and fauna and gain first-hand knowledge from the villagers. If you are looking for popular places in and around Panna National Park, you are at the right place. Check out the below list and add them to your bucket list.

Top places to visit on your trip to Panna National Park

Ken Gharial Sanctuary  

Ken Gharial is one of the best locations for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts. It is a delicate ecosystem located at the Ken and Khudar Rivers meeting point in the Chhatarpur region of Madhya Pradesh. The area, home to many different wildlife species, is named after a rare, 6-meter-long fish-eating crocodile called a Gharial. The sanctuary was established in 1985 to protect these imperiled Indian Gharials. 

When tourists visit, they can see how the Ken Gharial Sanctuary provides shelter for Sambar deer, blue bulls (Nilgai), peafowl, chinkara, wild boars, spotted deer, and more. In addition, the area provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to see numerous gharials sunbathing, which is no less than an added benefit when visiting the Ken Gharial Sanctuary.

  • Location: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter season (October to February)

Mahamati Prannathji Temple 

Mahamati Prannathji Temple, a significant site for pilgrimage in Panna, was constructed in 1692. This temple has elements of both Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. Many worshippers visit this Panna’s well-known tourist destinations throughout the year, notably around Sharad Purnima (a harvest festival celebrated in the Hindu religion). It is also thought that Mahatma Prannathji spent eleven years living near the temple, which has historical significance. 

Visitors to the temple can take in its splendor, enhanced by the surrounding lotus and dome buildings. Moreover, six separate buildings comprise the temple: Shri Gummatji, Shri Bangalaji, Shri Sadguru Mandir, Shri Baijurajji Mandir, Shri Chopada Mandir, and Shri Khijada Mandir. With nine marble domes, Shri Gummatji stands out as the tallest. Travelers who want to visit Mahamati Prannathji Temple will experience a sacred environment that will assist in revitalizing the body, mind, and soul.

  • Location: Panna, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Timing: 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Best time to visit: Winter Season (October and February)

Pandav Falls

The Pandav Falls attract visitors worldwide because of its cascading waterfalls, beautiful lake, and rich vegetation, among other things. The Pandav Falls, one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls and top tourist locations, is situated within the boundaries of Panna National Park. The well-known tourist destination has legendary significance in Hinduism. In this sense, it is the location where the exiled Pandavas from the Mahabharata looked for refuge. 

When tourists visit the Pandav Waterfalls, they can see historic caverns that gaze out over a sizable body of water. Pandav Falls is the finest place to visit if you want peace, purity, and a magical ambiance. In addition, the area is a favorite picnic destination for locals who prefer to spend quality time in a beautiful setting with friends, family, and tourists.

  • Location: Panna, Madhya Pradesh
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter Season from October and February)

Baldeoji Temple

The Baldeoji Temple, whose gothic style was influenced by Roman construction, attracts tourists worldwide. When visiting the temple, visitors will see a sizable room called the “Maha Mandapa,” constructed on an elevated platform with enormous pillars. Making it more straightforward for devotees to worship Lord Balram (Lord Shri Krishna’s older brother) even from outside the main gate is the goal of this structure. 

Also, the enormous Shri Baldeoji structure is made of black Shaligram stone, further increasing the statue’s splendor. Moreover, the Baldeoji temple, which epitomizes Panna architecture, is regarded as the finest structure in the vicinity. Therefore, those who intend to visit the sacred site with friends and family can be confident that the atmosphere within the temple will be peaceful.

  • Location: Panna, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter season (October and February)

Raneh Falls  

Raneh Falls is on the beautiful Ken River and offers a mesmerizing, unique, and breathtaking vista. Visitors to the area can enjoy the splendor of the 30-meter-deep canyon created by pure crystalline granite that exhibits a variety of colors. Moreover, one can see dozens of tiny insect falls throughout time. Some are seasonal, with monsoon season flooding being their most violent period. 

In addition, the falling waterfall creates a picturesque environment all around the location, providing an excellent opportunity for nature enthusiasts to sit and unwind amidst the clean environment. Finally, the tourists can peek at an area that is nothing less than a paradise, thanks to the lush green forest. Raneh Falls is a great spot to go with friends, family, or even yourself because the setting encourages self-discovery.

  • Location: Panna, Madhya Pradesh
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Best time to Visit: Winter season (October to February)

Ajaygarh & Kalinjar Fort 

The Ajaygarh Fort is located at an altitude of 1,111 m on a steep hill bordered by the striking Vindhya Hills. You have to climb 600 stairs to reach the top. However, upon arriving at the top, one is greeted with magnificent views of the River Ken, making the hike worth it.

This fort has two gates, temples, and rock-cut tanks, Ganga and Yamuna. Hikers can enjoy exceptionally scenic views and the fort’s beautiful architecture. The Kalinjar Fort stands on an isolated rocky hill on the last spur of the Vindhya Range. The Chandela kings built the fort during the 10th century. This fort is a treasure trove for history lovers with its rich collection of monuments, artifacts, and temples.

  • Location: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh
  • Timings:  6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Best Time to Visit: winter season (October and February)

Dhubela Museum 

Dhubela Museum, also known as Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum, is housed inside an old fort at Dhubela. The courtyard palace is on the border of an attractive lake surrounded by hills. This museum is a storehouse of antiques and artifacts. The museum comprises eight galleries, of which two display inscriptions, Sati pillars, copper plates, lingas, and inscribed images of the Gupta and Kalachuri periods. 

The museum also houses an extensive range of sculptures from the Shakti cult. The Arms Gallery showcases weapons like swords, bows and arrows, shields, maces, cannons, and grenades. In the Amusement Gallery, strategically placed convex-concave mirrors allow visitors to see distorted and funny images of themselves. Visit this museum to learn about the country’s history and culture.

  • Location: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter season (October to February)

Mastani Mahal 

The gripping romance tale between Mastani Bai and Peshwa Bajirao earned glory after the Bollywood film Bajirao Mastani was released. There is a historic structure right in the town that is proof of the existence of the fairytale of the beautiful warrior princess and the brave-hearted king. Did you know the spellbinding Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum owns a part of the Mastani Mahal? A portion of the history was breathed into the museum as the stones and woodwork installed in the Mastani Mahal (Kelkar Museum) were preserved from the actual site. Even though what is left of the Mastani Mahal is barely a symbolism and recreation of the existing site, the museum has managed to keep the poetic vibe of the place intact. 

  • Location: Kamal Kunj, Bajirao Rd, Natu Baag, Shukrawar Peth
  • Timings: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Best time to visit: winter season (October to February)

Madla Village

With a river, mountains, and forest nearby, Madla is a unique town in India with all three natural geographic characteristics within one kilometer. The city is traversed by the Karnawati (Ken), the cleanest river in Asia. The level of environmental consciousness in the community is astounding. The Pandava Falls and Caves, which are close to the Panna National Park and Khajuraho—the UNESCO site—are only 10 km from Madla. 

Folk music and dancing, regional celebrations, and Bundelkhand cuisine are a few examples of the village’s intangible legacy. The village’s character is still present in the dwellings’ architecture. The murals on the dwellings’ walls depict village life via art and culture. The stitching and production of the regional keepsake are given significant attention in the traditional arts. 

  • Location: Panna Tehsil of Panna district in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Timings: sunrise to sunset
  • Best Time to Visit: winter season (October to February)

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