Located in Chandrapur district, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is the largest and oldest national park in Maharashtra. It is the second tiger reserve which became a part of India’s “Project Tiger,” a conservation programme, in 1994 – 1995.
The tiger reserve got its name from a nearby water body, known as Tadoba Lake. The water body gets its name from “Taru” or “Taroba,” a god, the tribal people worship. According to legends, Taru, the chief of the village, lost his life when he crossed paths with a tiger. The ecosystem of the tiger reserve is unique, thanks to the diversity of flora and fauna. Due to the gorgeous scenic beauty of this reserve, it has been attracting tourists from all over the world.
Also known as “Jewel of Vidarbha,” the tiger reserve is one of the best places to visit in India if you want to take a look at the wildlife in their natural habitat. Although the park is open throughout the year, the best time to visit the reserve is between the months of February and May. As the weather gets hotter during these months, the animals will start visiting nearby water bodies, which makes it the perfect time to see a large number of animals. Even though the forest is lush green during monsoon, it becomes harder to spot the animals due to the dense growth of the surrounding vegetation.
Here are five animal sightings you must catch, on your next visit to the beautiful and exotic Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve:
Evolved from brown bears, the sloth bears species are native to India. Thanks to their sickle-like, long claws and a special lower palate and lip, these animals survive in the wild by eating insects. Although these mammals are elusive by nature, you will come across them when you visit the lake.
Known as the Indian Bison, it is the largest and tallest of the bovine species you will find in the area. These animals are extremely strong and stay together in small herds. The matriarch, the oldest female, in the group leads the herd. If you find any solitary gaurs, they are males.
One of the many beautiful cats of the country, you will find these felines lurking around the forests. Muscular by nature, it is challenging to spot these cats, due to their phenomenal stealthiness.
Spread throughout India, you will find a large number of langurs in this tiger reserve, due to the abundance of flora. You will recognise them immediately, thanks to their characteristic black face.
Royal Bengal Tiger
The most majestic animal in the forest, the Royal Bengal Tiger is the main reason why this reserve became a popular tourist destination. With over 40 tigers in the area, you are bound to come across a couple of them during your visit to the reserve.
Where to stay: V Resorts Mahua Tola Tadoba
A resort that blends in the with the wilderness around it, the resort is perfect for people who want to experience the local way of life. If you are planning a visit to Tadoba National Park, head to this resort.