The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is located in Chandrapur district of Maharasthra state in central India. It is the state’s oldest and largest national park. TATR is a favourite among nature lovers, wildlife photographers, bird watchers and vacationers from all parts of the world.
Home to the Bengal Tiger, this national park has emerged into a destination known for frequent tiger sightings, unblemished natural landscape and rich array of flora and fauna.
#1. Tigers, tigresses and tiger cubs.
Yes, the number of tigers in the forest of Tadoba and Andhari is on the rise. A report by DNA India confirms there are 80 tigers present in the jungle as on December 2015, which increases your probability of spotting a tiger. Looking at a tiger in the zoo can be fun, but spotting a wildly roaming tiger is an altogether unforgettable experience.
#2. This Tiger Reserve has an impressive history.
While Andhari is the name of a river, some say that the word ‘Tadoba’ is derived from the word ‘Taru’, who was the chief of Tribal people back in the day. Legend says he was killed while battling with a tiger. Adivasis dedicated a shrine to Taru on the banks of the lake inside the forest. You can reach the shrine if you take the road that runs along the lake. Ask your safari guide to take you to this shrine and you won’t be disappointed.
#3. A large No-Man’s-Land.
The total area of the TATR (Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve) is 625.40 sq. km. It consists of two forests – the Tadoba National Park and the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary measuring 116.55 sq. km. and 508.85 sq. km respectively. The Reserve is classified into 577.84 sq. km. of Reserve Forest, 32.51 sq. km. of Protected Forest and with 14.93 sq. km. other areas. With 3 vast safari zones for Jeep Safari – Tadoba, Moharli and Kolsa ¬– you get a great view of the natural habitat.
#4. Experiencing the Wild side.
We don’t want to overwhelm you with too many details, but you must know that TATR is home to tigers, leopards, bears, deer, hyenas, jungle cats, crocodiles, pythons and cobras. If you love bird watching, you are in for a treat as 195 species of birds have been known to inhibit the forest including the rare Crested Treeswift, Grey-headed fish eagle and the Crested honey buzzard. The list doesn’t end here. There are 74 species of butterflies which reside in the forest, including the endangered Danaid Egg Fly and the Great Egg Fly species,
#5. Getting there is easy.
Tadoba is just around 150 km from the international airport in Nagpur. Once you have checked out of Nagpur airport, it will take less than two and a half hours for you to reach TATR by a car. It is advisable to book a taxi in advance.
For those who wish to travel by train, the nearest railway station is Chandrapur (Just 45 km.), which is connected to the major stations in India.
The nearest bus station is Chandrapur which is 45 km from Tadoba.
Several private taxis ply from Chandrapur to the gate of TATR on sharing basis. It takes only an hour to reach Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve from Chandrapur.
#6. Convenient Jungle Safari Timings.
During the period from October 16 to 28/29 February, the entry timings in the morning are from 6 am to 9 am, whereas staying beyond 11 am is not permitted. Likewise, in the afternoon, entry timings are from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and exit time is on or before 6 pm.
During the period from March 1 to June 30, the morning timings are same as above. The entry timings in the evening are from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, whereas the exit time is on or before 6:30 pm.
Note: The park remains closed: 1) Every Tuesday, 2) On Holi festival, and 3) From July 1 to October 15 during the monsoon season.
The forest is calling. Pack your bags and go to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve for an unforgettable experience the wilderness.