THE PAN­DAV FALLS

The un­known grandeur.

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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.

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