Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho

Tripoto
3rd Apr 2014

Me

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

In the jungle

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

Waterfall

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

Rock formations

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

Cave where Pandavas stayed

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

waterfall in midst of the jungle

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta

Khajuraho

Photo of Weekend Getaways: Panna National Park, Khajuraho by Ayandrali Dutta


After visiting Khajuraho I went to this little heaven on earth. If you believe in mythology, then this is the place where the Pandav’s stayed during there exile days. About 34 kms from Khajuraho, it’s located in the periphery on Panna National Park. The moment you step down from your vehicle the enthralling view of the bowl shaped valley and the lake takes you to a different world of its own. Tucked in between lush green forest, surrounded by steep cliffs this fall has an ethereal feel !
 

On cascading rock , you can see that Ken River has made it’s way to this beautiful lake. One can be amazed by the natural rock formations at this place.
 

The serenity of the  place makes you feel totally enchanted more than you would think, even before you actually reach there. This fall is known Pandav falls as the story goes that Pandav’s stayed here during there days of exile. At the bottom of the lake one can also see the caves where the Pandav’s are believed to have stayed and meditate.
 

Well built stairs lead you those caves and you spot five beautiful caves standing the test of time. Today, shrines are built over them. One of the caves is supposed to have been buried under water. As you enter, the calmness in these caves transport you back in time. The natural beauty of the place, fresh water of river Ken gives the place an energy and serenity that leaves you with a feeling to come back again. Overall, don’t give a miss to this place. The more adventurous ones can even take a cycle ride to the water fall.
 

Entrance fee:

Visiting hours: 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Foot-travelers: 15 INR (Indian), 150 INR (Foreigners)
Places to stay:

Jungle Camp next to entrance of the Panna Tiger Reserve.
Ken River Lodge at the bank of River Ken

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