The oldest protected forest of Maharashtra, Tadoba is a quaint little jungle with beautiful hilly terrains on its north and west side and the pristine, perennial Todoba Lake in the centre. It used to be a little known forest, occasionally visited by the few nature enthusiasts who wanted a wilderness experience off the beaten track. Quite recently tiger numbers and sightings shot up the roof and Tadoba National Park made its place among the biggest names in the tiger circuit.
Tadoba is a dry deciduous forest with mostly teak and bamboo trees, with some grasslands and mixed dry forests. This type of vegetation is responsible for better visibility throughout the forest and hence good game viewing, especially during the dry months. Some man-made water holes in this dry area act like magnets for wildlife in the hot months too.
The area of the national park is about 116 sq kms, with the total area of the reserve being 625 sq km. This is enough to sight much of the fascinating wildlife of the region. About 60-70 tigers live in this area. The tourism zone of the national park in divided into 3 zones: Kolsa, Mohuli and Tadoba.
Tadoba is contiguous with Andhari wildlife sanctuary, thus providing a larger area of protected land for wildlife. Besides tigers, there are good chances of viewing the sloth bear, leopard and wild dogs. Another special thing about Tadoba is that it is open throughout the year and the monsoon specials can be enjoyed here while most other parks are closed. Its close proximity to the city of Nagpur makes it easily approachable. With increasing popularity and tourism in Tadoba, the infrastructure and security facilities in Tadoba are better than ever before.
Visiting this hot spot takes you back to the past and expedites the process of your first tiger-viewing. Tadoba is simply a calm and perfect spot to vacation in, take your long-dreamt of safari and sight your first live tiger.
Facts about Tadoba National Park
Area: 625.54 Sq. Km ( Total): 116.54 Sq. Km (Core) + 509 Sq. Km (Buffer- Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary)
Coordinates: Latitude: 20° 4’ 53”- 20° 25’ 51” N, Longitude: 79° 13′ 13” to 79° 33′ 34”E.
Weekly Off: Tuesday
Yearly Off: Holi, Diwali
Functional Days: 15th October – 30th June
Forest Type: Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous
Key Species of Tadoba National Park
Royal Bengal Tiger
Orange Headed Thrush
Indian Paradise Flycatcher
Crested Hawk Eagle
Blue Tailed Bee Eater
Crested Honey Buzzard
Collard Scops Owl
Blue Throated Barbet
Bengal Monitor Lizard
Indian Star Tortoise
Indian Rock Python
Indian Flapshell Turtle
Safari Zones of Tadoba National Park
Every park is divided into 3 kinds of zones: Core, Buffer and Reserved. Core zone is the protected area of the jungle. It acts as a referral point on the natural state of the ecosystems represented by the biosphere reserves. Wildlife and natural resources are strictly protected by the forest department. Buffer zone is where animals and a percentage of human life co-exist peacefully. Lastly, reserved forest acts as a virtual boundary for the forest. That being said, animals don’t know what a “zone” is. They roam around freely in the entire forest for it is their home.
The Tadoba Andhari Reserve is one of the best places to see the Royal Bengal Tiger in India. It can be explored via 3 zones, Moharli, Kolsa and Tadoba, in a safari jeep. While the Moharli zone is considered the best in terms of Tiger sightings and Tourist Accommodation, the Tadoba and Kolsa Zone are popular for their scenic forest landscapes.
Reaching Tadoba National Park
The closest rail head to the park is Chandrapur at 49 kms and Nagpur at 151 kms.
The closest Airport is Nagpur. Nagpur is at a mere distance of 140 kms from the Park and is accessible from major cities in the country, like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.
Weather and Clothing
❯ DO NOT carry shiny/bright colored clothing. Instead, carry earthy colors like shades of dull green or olive green, beige, and grey. Black is also avoidable as it attracts mosquitos.
❯ Carry comfortable, breathable clothes (cotton) in summer.
❯ Carry layers (4-5) of thin woolen clothes rather than one heavy jacket for winter. Layers are a lot more helpful through the varying temperatures during the day.
❯ Carry a wind cheater/rain coat just in case there is a light shower.
❯ Carry a Cap/Hat during summer.
❯ Avoid wearing strong perfume while on safari. Animals have a strong sense of smell and it may distract them.
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