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Beyond Khajuraho


Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna Tiger Reserve should undoubtedly be on your itinerary for Khajuraho. It is a 30 minute drive from the town . The park is not only a tiger reserve, but also an enticing nature reserve. Nature and wildlife lovers can spot wild animals like tigers, four-horned antelopes, sloth bear, wild boars, caracals and a variety of migratory birds.

Panna was accorded sanctuary status in 1975 and was upgraded to a national park in 1981. In 1994, it became India’s 22nd Tiger Reserve.It is spread over 542 sq. kms, this is one of the most beautiful Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh.

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With a varied terrain offering gorges, ravines, plateaus and valleys, not to forget the beautiful Ken River meandering through the park, the volcanic region is full of mesmerizing waterfalls and is Prime Tiger habitat.

The Tiger reintroduction story of Panna is legendary from near extinction the tiger population has reached a healthy figure of 70 plus and so are some of the most iconic habitat shots captured of the Tigers here.

The sheer variety of Wildlife that one can experience here is fabulous and that includes Reptiles and Birds too and amongst the Birds, it is home to 7 of the 9 Vulture species found in India.

The complete park is open from 01st October to 30th June and is closed during the rainy season. Hinauta range of the park is open throughout the year and besides wildlife it offers cascading waterfalls.

Please Note that entry to the Park is chargeable for both Indian and Foreign tourists. Kindly check with the ticket counter for the applicable fees.


Raneh Falls

The Raneh Falls is a naturally occurring waterfall on the Ken or Karnavati river, located a few kilometers from Khajuraho.

The Ken River forms a 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) long, and 30 meters (98 ft) deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying hues and colors ranging from pink to red to gray. There are a series of waterfalls, each differing in size within the canyon.

The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during the monsoon period.

Ahead of the waterfalls there is Ken Gharial Sanctuary, a haven for the rare and elusive gharials – India's fish-eating crocodiles. Nestled along the banks of the Ken River, this sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to witness these ancient reptiles in their natural habitat, surrounded by the enchanting wilderness.

Please Note that entry to the waterfalls is chargeable for both Indian and Foreign tourists. Kindly check with the ticket counter for the applicable fees.

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Pandav Falls

If you are interested in mythology, Pandav Falls will surely grab your attention.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Pandav Waterfalls, a captivating natural wonder located near Khajuraho. According to local legend, it's believed that the Pandava brothers along with their wife Draupadi from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata once sought refuge in the vicinity, lending their name to this picturesque cascade.

With its historical significance and breathtaking beauty, Pandav Waterfalls offers a unique blend of mythology and nature that's waiting to be explored. These caves are located at the foot of a waterfall, merging into a beautiful pond. The caves are bejeweled with numerous little waterfalls that make its entrances appear mystical.

Please Note that entry to the waterfalls is chargeable for both Indian and Foreign tourists. Kindly check with the ticket counter for the applicable fees.


Kutni Dam for Boating

Boating at Kutni Dam near Khajuraho offers a delightful experience with its scenic beauty and tranquil waters. Situated just 12 km from Khajuraho, visitors can enjoy two types of boating options: speed and paddle boating. The addition of shikara boats is in the plans.

Boating operates from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm daily, allowing tourists to explore the area during daylight hours. To access the island, an entry ticket is required, and separate rates apply for the boating activities. The combination of picturesque surroundings and various boating choices makes Kutni Dam a compelling tourist attraction for those visiting the Khajuraho region.

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