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Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park

Quick Facts:

Country: India

State: Maharashtra

Safari Timings 6 am to 10 am( entry till 8 am)  and 3 pm to 6 pm (entry till 4:30 pm)

Best time to visit: November to June

Open to visitors: 15th October to 30th June, closed on Tuesdays

Nearest city: Chandrapur district, Maharashtra

Governing body: Maharashtra Forest Department

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve located in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra India. The tiger reserve includes both Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the oldest and the largest National Parks in Maharashtra, India. Spread over an area of 625 square kilometres, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve was created in 1955.

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National park is surrounded by hilly terrain on the north and west side and pristine Tadoba lake at the centre of the park. The greenery in the park and interesting flora and fauna makes it one of the most important destinations for the tourists. Other than tigers one can wild animals like panthers, hyena, sloth bear, barking deer,Chinkara and many more. Tadoba is  a dry deciduous with teak and bamboo with marshlands, and some grasslands.

Best time to visit Tadoba National Park

The best time to visit the National Park is from November to June . Post monsoon and the summer season are the best periods to visit where there are high chances of spotting the tiger and other wild animals.

Climate at the park

Summer Season: Summer season is from March to June. It is very hot and the temperatures go upto 45 degree celsius. The terrain remains mostly dry and sultry.

Monsoon season: Monsoon season is from July to September. The park remains closed during this period.

Winter season: Winter season is from November to February. The weather remains pleasant with temperature hovering around 25 degree celsius. It is the good time to visit the park with beautiful lush greenery all around in the park.

Safari Timings

The safari ride in Tadoba National Park offers an opportunity to explore the wildlife in the park. Please note the park remains closed on every Tuesday and from June to October. It is one of the finest places to see the Royal Bengal Tigers. The park has Jeep Safari and the Safari timings change according to the seasons . The Jeep Safari is accompanied by a well trained guide and a driver. There are three zones in the Tadoba National Park.

Moharli Zone: This is the most important one for tiger spotting and has good accommodation facilities.

Tadoba Zone: Offers beautiful scenic locations to the tourists. It is accessible from four gates Moharli, Navegoan,Kolara and Khutwanda.

Kolsa Zone:Spotting of wild animals is comparatively low in this zone. 

Timings:

From 1st oct to 30th June.

Morning Safari Ride: entry time for the safari ride is in between 6am to 8 am and exit time is 10 am.

Evening Safari Ride: entry time for the safari ride is in between 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and the exit time is 6:30 pm

From 1st Dec to 28th/29th feb:

Morning safari Ride: Entry time  from 6:30 am, to 8:30 am and exit is at 11 am.

Evening Safari Ride: entry time from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and exit is at 6:00 pm.

From 1st March to 30th April

Morning safari Ride: entry time from 5:30 am to 7:30 am and exit time is 10:00 am

Evening Safari Ride: entry time from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm and exit time is 6:30 pm

From 1st May to 30th June

Morning safari Ride: entry time from 5:00 am to 7:00 am and exit time is 9:30 am.

Evening Safari Ride: entry time from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm and exit time is 7:00 pm.

Flora and Fauna in the park

Sloth Bear in the park

Tadoba is predominantly a dry deciduous forest with around 87%  is dominated by trees like teak, bamboo, bija, dauda,tendu,salai,baheda, hirda,mahua, black plum and arjun. There are around 141 species of trees and  plants in the park which consists of scrubs, herbs and grasses. There are also many medicinal plants here like neem, Bija, Beheda, Kach Kujali and some other trees. Bamboo is grown in abundance here due to the suitable climatic conditions.

Fauna: 

Other than the Royal Bengal Tiger, there are many mammals, reptiles, and birds in the park. Some of the mammals that are present here are the Indian leopard, sloth bear, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena,barking deer, sambar deer, small Indian civet and many more.

Tadoba lake has marsh crocodiles. Among the reptiles that are found here are python, Indian star tortoise, Terrapins,Indian cobra and Russel viper. The park is home for around 175 bird species. The chirping sound of the birds relaxes the minds of the tourists.

Some of the birds include crested honey, grey headed fish eagle, Indian pitta, mormons, golden backed woodpecker and many more. One can see different colourful butterflies, insects like giant wood spider and red wood spider, crab spider, lynx spider to name some.

How to reach

Tadoba National park is easily accessible through air ,road and rail.

By air: The nearest airport is the Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar International airport in Nagpur. Nagpur is around 140 km from Tadoba. One can hire a taxi from Nagpur to reach the place.

By Rail: Chandrapur Railway station which is around 45 km from the park is the nearest railway station. Chandrapur Railway station is well connected to all the major cities in India. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to reach the tiger reserve.

By road: Chandrapur and Chimur which are at a distance of 45 km and 32 km are the nearest bus stops. There are many private and government vehicles to hire.

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