THE PANDAV FALLS
The unknown grandeur.
At a distance of 14 km from Panna and 34 km from Khajuraho, the Pandav falls is a serene water fall located inside the Panna National Park, in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh.
The Pandav Falls are not known amongst tourists and mostly the purity of the place is enjoyed by the locals. Due to this factor, they have remained unexplored and comparatively less littered to other tourists destinations near Khajuraho
Surrounded by the massive walls of rock, and dense lush green forests, the fall is spectacular and accessed even during peak monsoon season. It is a perennial fall led by a tributary of the river Ken in Madhya Pradesh. The falls cascade down from a height of about 30 metres into a heartshaped pool, giving a romantic feel to the environment. At the foot of the falls there are some ancient caves overlooking a large pool of water. It is believed to be the resting grounds of the mighty Pandavs during their Agyaatwaas. The falls are named after the legendary Pandav brothers of the epic poem Mahabharata, who supposedly visited this area. Currently three caves are open for tourists while the remaining two are damaged by natural forces. Remains of caves and shrines that commemorate this legend can be seen around the pool below.
The Pandav falls are not very mighty and high, yet they can provide an everlasting experience to visitors. The place is very picturesque and the water here never dries up even in summers.
Best time to visit: From October to March. After the conclusion of the monsoon season, this region remains densely green and water flow is healthy.
Climate: Summer is from April to June in which temperature reaches 45 degree C. Due to the rocky area, it is comparatively more hot than surrounding areas.
Accommodation: Panna National Park offers resorts and lodges as the nearest options and may also consider khajuraho hotels.
How to reach: Located inside the Panna Tiger Reserve area, the pandav falls can be visited while staying at a khajuraho hotel. Final journey is possible by road. It can be reached by flight, train and by road.
By flight: Nearest airport from pandav fall is just 40 kms away in Khajuraho airport. It is close to the World Heritage Khajuraho Temples the Journey from Khajuraho airport to Pandav fall is just one hour the air port provides tourist taxi service from Khajuraho airport to Pandav fall.
By road: Pandav fall is well connected by road. It is on a little diversion from the Khajuraho-Bandhawgarh route or Panna-jhansi route bus service is available on this route but since it is located inside the Panna Tiger Reseve area the final journey is possible by road using taxi cabs or personal vehicles.
By train: The nearest railway station is Satna which is just 100 kms from the falls. The second best option is Katni junction station 140 kms away. Both stations are very well connected with major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Bhopal.
Tourist information: It is best to carry food hampers for a picnic as there are no facilities for food around the Pandav fall. The place is ideal for an enjoyable family picnic and swimming at the sparkling pool. A steep climb up and down the falls is the prime attraction of the falls, with 166 steps!
Smoking and swimming is not allowed at the falls due to the presence of bee hives. However, one needs to be beware of the monkeys and bears around the falls, as paw marks of the boars can be seen on the trees surrounding the cascade.
Commercial activities are not allowed here. For visiting this waterfall, tourists are required to pay a fixed fee as per number of visitors and also vehicle fee. It is managed by the forest department, thus entrance charges are also decided by the forest department. Entrance permit can be obtained from the entrance gate that ranges from ` 50 per person to ` 200 for a vehicle.
AT THE FOOT OF THE FALLS THERE ARE SOME ANCIENT CAVES OVERLOOKING A LARGE POOL OF WATER. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE RESTING GROUNDS OF THE MIGHTY PANDAVS DURING THEIR AGYAATWAAS. THE FALLS ARE NAMED AFTER THE LEGENDARY PANDAV BROTHERS OF THE EPIC POEM MAHABHARATA, WHO SUPPOSEDLY VISITED THIS AREA. Beauty is nothing but the beauty of nature and self.