This may be one amongst the most hidden or lesser-known destinations in the country and not a choice for many. The Raneh Falls is located at a very close proximity from the temple town of Khajuraho, which is one of the most visited destinations in the country both by the local tourists as well as foreign nationals. But this place still remains in the books of the lesser-known gems of Madhya Pradesh.
The waterfalls here is naturally formed and the canyon formations are something which make this place all the more unique. The canyons are said to have been formed by the volcanic eruptions which occurred here a long time ago and as a result of the occurrence, one would come across a canyon which stretches itself 5 km into the path of the Karnavati river.
The Karnavati river is also known as Ken river which originates from the Vindhyachal mountain ranges, which is around 125 km from here, and flows further down until Banda, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, before merging with Yamuna. In the 325-km-long journey of the river, the canyon makes its presence felt only in the 5-km stretch here.
The Varying Depths
Although the canyon is present only for 5 km, it varies in depth, which further adds on to the beauty of the Raneh Falls. At some places, the canyon measures upto 50 m in depth. An interesting factor is that one would not be able to witness the beauty of this place during the monsoon season as the river flows in full swing. At this point of time, the entire crater is filled with water and does not even give a hint of the marvellous geological wonder hidden beneath the waters.
The true beauty of the places unveils itself during the winters, when the water level recedes and the canyon below is visible. With the river flowing from one gorge to another, it creates an image of a breathtaking waterfalls, which varies yet again in its proportions. The waterfalls runs throughout the year, except during peak summer, when the river begins to dry up.
The Formation Of Igneous Rocks
The canyon is formed by igneous rocks which are rich in granite and dolomite. One can spot five types of rocks which are found only here and in no other place in the entire continent of Asia. The place is unique for this factor too.
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A few kilometres upstream, the river makes its way through the Panna National Park and Tiger Reserve, after which it flows down to the area of the Raneh Falls which in itself is an extended area of the jungle which is a protected forest. Although declared a tiger reserve, it is very rare to find them; the locals add on further to speculation by saying that the wild cats here are all hunted down by poachers and none of them exist now.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is the Khajuraho airport which is located at a distance of 22 km from here. The airport is well connected to major airports across the country with regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, etc. From the airport one needs to travel by road, for which one can make use of a taxi.
By Train: The nearest major railway station is Mahoba which is approximately 75 km from here. The station is well connected to major towns and cities across the state and to a number of stations outside the state as well.
By Road: One of the best ways to reach the place is by road as it lies very close to the heritage site of Khajuraho. There are plenty of buses which are privately operated as well as government-owned ones to the city from where one can hire a taxi to reach the waterfalls.