Maharashtra in the western part of India is the favorite tourist destination of masses. The state satisfies your aesthetic taste as well as provides fun and entertainment. Soaring skyscrapers, breathtaking beaches, ancient architectures, vibrant malls, places of immense religious significance, forts, hill stations, parks and sanctuaries - all these are in plenty in this captivating state. Tadoba national park in Chandrapur district is one of the significant parks in the country.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project / Reserve is one of the important Tiger Reserves in India. If you happen to visit Mumbai, then the park should top your tour itinerary. Read the following information so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.
The name of the park is derived from the name of the local deity of the Gond tribes. Their deity is 'Taru' who is worshipped as the deity of the Tadoba.
This is the oldest national park of Maharashtra and also one of the 28 Tiger Reserves in India. The forest area was notified in 1935 and it was designated as a national park in 1955. After 3 decades, Andhari wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1986. Both the national park and the wildlife sanctuary were combined to create the present Tadoba Tiger Reserve.
Area and location:
The park encompasses an area of 623 sq km. that consists of the forests of Tadoba and Andhari. It is located at a distance of 100 south of Nagpur and 45 km north of the district headquarter and industrial town, Chandrapur.
Flora and Fauna:
Teak forests, grassland, mixed forest along with the degraded areas consist of the total area of the Tadoba national park. Teak and Bamboo are the predominant species. Other than this you will find Semal, Bija, Dhauda, Ain, Haldu, Salai, Tendu and trees of Mango, Arjun and Jamun.
Many wild animals and birds find refuge in this area. Tiger is considered to be the main attraction. Wild Dog, Four-Horned Antelope, Panther, Sloth Bear, Gaur or Indian Bison, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Leopard, Barking Deer, Langoor, Nilgai, Flying Squirrel, Palm Civet, Indian Civet, Leopard Cat, Marsh Crocodile Ratel, Jackal, Pangolin and Rusty Spotted Cat are commonly found.
All these along with 158 species of resident birds and 50 species of migratory birds keep the travelers occupied in this haven.
When to visit?
The minimum temperature of the park is 30° C that rises to a maximum of 48° C. Summer that stretches from February to June is considered to be the best season.
Where to stay?
There is only one forest rest house with 4 suites that is available at Kolsa. You can also accommodate in the State Government's Tourist complex at Moharli. This complex consists of 15 suites.
Nagpur at a distance of 91 km is the nearest airport. Warora is the nearest railway station.
You can take buses from the major cities in Nagpur. The park is almost 936 km from Mumbai via Nagpur.
Go for some exciting jungle safari to Tadoba, Moharli and Kolsa zone. Hire private gypsies that are available at Moharli Gate that is the entry gate of the Tadoba national park or Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project. Tadoba which is termed as the 'Jewel of Vidarbha' will lend you an out-of-the-world experience.