In the Chandrapur district of Maharastra, stands the mighty Tadoba National Park, spreading across 1727 square meters. It is one of the oldest and largest national reserves of India with a diverse range of plants and animals species. Tadoba National Park was built in two parts – in 1935, it was built as The National Park, at an area of 116.54 square km and in 1986, the Andhari wildlife was built in the neighbouring forests. In 1995, they both were merged to form the Tadoba National Park. The primary motive of the park was to conserve tigers.
Why is it famous?
The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project despite its relative anonymity, is an exhilarating wildlife destination. The largest and oldest national park in Maharashtra, the Tadoba Andhari Reserve is known for its high probability of sighting a tiger. The local culture is rustic and earthen, drawing from the rich tribal legacy of the Gond tribes who’ve lived here for long and have lent the region with vibrant folklore, cuisine and culture. The word Tadoba is itself from a Gond folklore of a local deity who was killed by a tiger. The rapid prosperity of Maharashtra has given Tadoba an interesting mix of old with new, rustic but modern, thrilling yet calming.
Features of Tadoba
Tadoba lake is a beautiful lake and very suitable to observe animals. Various species of deer and monkeys stay in the grasslands around the lake. Go there to spot animals who come to the waterholes.
Tadoba forest is a deciduous with different kinds of flora and faunas. Take a jeep safari around the forests and watch animals in their natural habitat.
How to reach Tadoba?
The national park is 140 kilometers away from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur. So you can take a flight till there and then take a cab to Tadoba.
Tadoba is 45 kilometers away from Chandrapur Railway Station. Taxis and buses can take you from there to the national park.
Best time to visit
From March to May is a good time to visit Tadoba, as it is extremely hot and it is a good chance to spot the tiger. The months November and December are also recommended. Visitors are permitted into the park from 6 am- 11 am and 3 pm- 6 pm. The park stays closed on Tuesdays. You need to take a jeep and a guide with you while entering the park.