Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a rare jungle jewel amongst India’s leading tiger reserves and national parks. It is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. This beautiful wild paradise is situated 45 km close to Chandrapur District of central Indian State Maharashtra, and is about 150 km from Nagpur city. The reserve is named after Taru King who is supposed to have killed a tiger single handedly. A shrine dedicated to Taru is situated at the Tadoba Lake within the reserve confines. A fair is held every year between December and January attended by Adivasis.
Vegetation of Tadoba forest is of Southern tropical dry deciduous type which is spread on around 626 sq. km. Teak is the prominent tree species in Tadoba forest. Their is few lakes in Tadoba forest area which ensures rich in water resources for the park and nestles rich aquatic life. Among them Irai lake is one well known among tourists. It remains filled with water throughout the year, even in extreme summers. These lakes are also the prime residential place for marsh crocodiles, those were knowing once to spread in across Maharashtra.
Major part of this forest is thrived in hilly area; it covers the Chimur Hills, and Andhari sanctuary covers Moharali & Kolsa ranges, so many hillocks, terrains provide shelter to wild animals, since it is considered that this park has a great accessibility & sighting of many wild beasts, wild-lovers from many parts of the country & world arrives here. Being popular gradually for its dense forest area, smooth meadows and deep valleys and moreover to all is the good sight-seeing of tiger despite being low numbers, the park has a great potential & atmosphere to stabilize more numbers of tigers with extending park area.
Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, including: Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, small Indian Civet, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, and chausingha. Reptiles here include the endangered Indian python and the common Indian monitor. Terrapins, Indian star tortoise, Indian Cobra and Russel’s viper also live in Tadoba.
More than 195 species of birds have been recorded, including three endangered species. The Grey-headed fish eagle, the Crested Serpent Eagle, and the Changeable Hawk-Eagle are some of the raptors. Other interesting species include the Orange-headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Crested Treeswift, Stone Curlew, Crested Honey Buzzard, Paradise Flycatcher, Bronze-winged Jacana and Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker. Warblers and the black-naped blue flycatcher exist here and the call of the peacock may often be heard.
The main attraction of the Tadoba National Park is its jungle safari trips. Open top Gypsy vehicles, buses with trained local guides are available for visitors. Accommodation is also available at various locations.
In and Around
Pavnar comes under the Wardha district and lies right on the edge of the Dham River. It is significant from historical point of view and is counted amongst the most prehistoric colonies in the district. Pavnar, which lies around 65 km from Nagpur, is known for Gandhi Kuti and the Paramdham Ashram of Vinobaji.
Khekranala, located amidst the Khapra range forests of Maharashtra, is situated approximately 55 km from the heart of Nagpur. One of the major attractions of this place comprises of a magnificent dam, located in picturesque surroundings. The lush greenery of Khekranala, combined with its pristine locales and wholesome environment, draws tourists from various parts of the state.
Ambhora is a very small town, situated at a distance of around 74 km Nagpur. It lies just at the threshold of Vainganga River and serves as the venue of three fairs, held on annual basis. The other attractions of the town consist of the famous temple of Chaitanyesvara. Then, there is the tomb of Har Har Swami, a Hindu Saint.
Best time to visit is from February to May.Tadoba national park remains Full-day CLOSED for visitors on every Tuesday.
How to Reach
The nearest International Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (140 km via Umrer, Bhisi and Chimur).
The nearest railway station is Chandrapur (on the Delhi-Chennai main line) 45 km away.
Nearest main bus stand is Chandrapur and Chimur (32 km).
Stay / Eat
Where to stay
MTDC provides self-contained rooms with adjoining restaurant at Tadoba.