Panna situated in the Vindhyan hill range and spreads over 543 sq. km., was once a hunting reserve of the erstwhile Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar states. Now under project tiger, this open forest, offers great opportunity see wildlife. One of the most significant ecological aspects of the Reserve is that the district Panna marks the northernmost boundary of natural distribution of teak and the eastern limits of teak-kardhai Anogeissus pendula mixed forests.

Due to its closeness to one of the best-known Indian tourist attraction in India, Khajuraho, the park is recognized as an exciting stop-over destination. 

The Reserve is dotted with ancient rock paintings, which are believed to be around two thousand years old. Old relics of the Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve. You can also enjoy boat safari on Ken River, which flows through the Reserve from south to north, is the home for long snouted crocodile (gharial) and Marsh Crocodile (mugger) and other aquatic fauna.

Major mammal species found here include tiger, leopard, wild dog, wolf, hyena, nilgai, chinkara, spotted deer, sambhar deer, civet cat, caracal, wild boar and hanuman langur.

Over 200 species of birds have been identified here, which include a host of winter migratory birds.