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Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve Maharashtra, West
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Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve a Tiger reserve in Chandrapur district is notable as Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park. The Reserve, famous for its natural heritage contains some of the best forest trails and endowed with rich biodiversity.


Tadoba-Andheri Tiger reserve was created in 1995 spans over 625.40 sq. km. It includes 116.55 sq. km of Tadoba National Park and the contiguous Andheri Wildlife Sanctuary of 508.85 sq. km., (the former was created in 1955 and the latter in1986). The Reserve is comprises of 577.96 sq. km. Reserve Forest, 32.51 sq. km. Protected Forest and 14.93 sq. km. other areas.



This gem of a wildlife preserve notified as a Tiger Reserve and a part of Project Tiger, is much more than just a National Park. The forests are well manned, wildlife sightings are exceptionally fabulous: frequent, ample and close encounters, good accommodation, to top it all, great chance of spotting the majestic predator, the tiger.


Tadoba is a predominantly southern tropical dry deciduous forest of the Deccan Peninsula, with dense woodlands comprising primarily of teak and bamboo thickets that grow in abundance. There is significant presence of other deciduous trees such as mahua, ain, dhawda, tendu and jamun etc. What makes this reserve interesting is its gradual hilly terrain, easy mobility throughout the dense forest and remarkably well served by roads.


Besides its mega specie - the Bengal tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, like leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole (wild dog), striped hyena, small Indian civet, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, and chausingha.


Tadoba Lake sustains the marsh crocodile, which were once common all over Maharashtra. A large variety of reptiles that thrive here are the endangered Indian python and the common Indian monitor, terrapins (species of turtle), Indian star tortoise, Indian Cobra and Russel's viper.


The lake is an ornithologist's paradise with a wide diversity of water birds, and raptors. 195 species of birds have been recorded, including a few endangered species. 74 species of butterflies have been recorded including the pansies, monarch, Mormons and swordtails.


The park is under good care, very well managed, with guides who handle the trips within the park with great expertise. The reserve is named after the local tribal king of Gond called Taru, who apparently died while fighting a tiger. A temple dedicated to Taru stands under a tree by Tadoba Lake. The Tadoba Lake is a perennial source of water for the park and the adjoining areas. The dense forest is punctuated by the meandering Andhari river, several lakes, the caves, cliffs and talus that provides shelter for the animals, deep valleys, smooth meadows and the occasional shrub land that dot the thick tracts of forests.


The magic of Tadoba lies veiled in mysterious wonder and thrill of adventure. The sheer profusion of beauty and abundant wildlife is overpowering, leaves one awe-struck and bereft of words. An amazing experience - jaw dropping, with every single move. So remote yet so accessible is this 'Jewel of Vidarbha'.


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Location and Distance

Located 145 km southeast of Nagpur in the Vidarbha region of eastern Maharashtra.

 Fast Facts
Name Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve Best Time To Visit November to May
Location Maharashtra   West   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Tiger Reserve
Temperature Summar   30-35C      Winter   12-15C      Rainy   28-34C
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