Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park, the “Tadoba National Park”, also known as the “Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve” is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India.
Besides Tiger, it is abode to number of prominent wild denizens. One can find some of the Central India’s best native woodland bird species in this forest.
Tadoba National Park”, also known as the “Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve” is in the core of a reserved forest and spread in the area of 1727 sq. km, in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra (India). The word ‘Tadoba’ is derived from the name of God “Tadoba” or “Taru,” which is praised by local tribal people of this region and “Andhari” is derived from the name of Andhari river that flows in this area.
It is one of the largest and oldest national park, which has endless treasure trove of large number of species of trees & plants and wildlife like panthers, tigers, hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, bison, sambar, herd of deer to name a few. Overshadowed by teak & bamboo, and with a magical landscape of rugged cliffs, marshlands, lakes, etc., it’s full of unlike flora and fauna, which was once privileged by shikaras (hunters).
The Tadoba National Park is divided into three separate forest ranges, i.e. Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range, and Morhurli range, which is sandwiched in between the first two. There are two lakes and one river in the park, which gets filled every monsoon, the ‘Tadoba Lake,’ ‘Kolsa Lake,’ and ‘Tadoba River.’ These lakes and rivers provide vital ingredients needed to sustain the park’s life.
Why to Visit
Besides Tiger, it is abode to number of prominent wild denizens. The Tadoba Tiger Reserve is rich in flora and fauna. Some of the famous and wildly seen flora of this park include, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Hald, Salai, Semal, Tendu, Beheda, Hirda, Karaya gum, Mahua Madhuca, Arjun, Bamboo, Bheria, Black Plum, and many others.
Apart from this the list of animals noted in this part include, Tigers, Indian leopards, Sloth bears, Gaur, Nilgai, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Python, Indian Cobra, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Peacock, Jewel Beetles, Wolf Spiders, etc.
One can find some of the Central India’s best native woodland bird species in this forest.
The continuity with forests of Chandrapur, Bramhapuri and Central Chanda Division enrich the conservation prospects of these species.
Tadoba National Park is enclosed by some beautiful places and temples like Tadoba Lake, Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir, Shiv Mandir, and Urjanagar Lake. Visit the oldest national park of Madhya Pradesh and get an opportunity to view the striped creature at Tadoba National Park.
Apart from this, there are some popular tourist attractions that are in close proximity from the national park like St. Michael Church, Durga Maa Temple and Ayyappa Temple. Other than this, Nagpur is very close from the park that is also known as ‘Tiger Capital of India’ as it is linked with many tiger reserves in India.
How to Reach
Nagpur (140 Km) is the nearest airport from where it takes 3 hour taxi rides to reach the park.
Chandrapur (49 kms) and Nagpur (151kms) are nearest railheads.
Nearest bus stop is Chandrapur and Chimur (32 km), but bus or cabs are also available from Chandrapur to Mohrali Village.
The park is open for visitors from 15th October to 30th June every season and remains full-day closed on every Tuesday.
Gypsy and Jeep Safaris are always available in Tadoba National Park that help in exploring the wildlife of the forest.
Safari Timings are:
Morning Jeep: 6.00 A.M to 10.00 A.M. (entry allowed until 8.00 a.m.)
Afternoon Jeep: 3.00 P.M. until 6.00 P.M (entry allowed until 4.30 p.m.)
*Timings are subject to change