Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is spreaded in 625.4 square kilometers and is one of the largest and oldest Tiger reserves of the state. It was established in the year 1955. This is located in Chimur and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra. Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve was formed in the year 1995 when Tadoba National park and Andhari wildlife sanctuary was merged to form the India’s 41st Tiger Reserve. Tadoba has been named from the God Taru who was worshipped in earlier days by the local tribes.
There are many water bodies in the reserve, which helps to balance the water levels. Tadoba Lake differentiates between parks defined area and the farmland of villagers in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Erai water reservoir is another source, this is famous spot for crocodiles to thrive, and one can see many crocodiles here during the jeep safari tour in Tadoba. Kolsa Lake and Andhari River are other resources of water in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the most known Tiger reserve in India. This is famous for Tiger sightings throughout the year. Tadoba is also known as “Jewel of Vidarbha” and attracts large no of tourists for Safari tours in Tadoba. Tadoba National park is open for tourism and Jungle safari in Tadoba throughout the year. During monsoons few entry gates are closed and remaining ones are open for Jungle safari in Tadoba.
For the best Tiger sighting experience Tadoba safari tour package shall be booked well in advance. To have the proper planned Tadoba safari vacation its recommended to book Tadoba tour package from an experts, this will help to explore all the famous parts of the park to witness the best Tiger sightings in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and guided bird watching in Tadoba National Park. Online Jungle safari bookings are assisted to ensure the best entry gates to be booked for every individual.
Forest of Tadoba is dry deciduous with dense woodland and bamboo and teak are the species of trees found majorly in the forest. Other trees include Ain (crocodile bark), Bija, Dhauda, Hald, Salai, Semal and Tendu. Beheda, Hirda, Karaya Gum, Mahua Madhuca (crepe myrtle) and Lannea coromandelica are other common treses and plants available in the forest and can be seen during game drive in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
One of the medicinal plant Kach Kujali (velvet bean), known for the use of treating the Parkinson’s disease is found here.
FAUNA IN TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE:
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a home for Royal Bengal Tigers, and also other mammals which includes Indian leopard, Cheetal, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Dhole, chinkara, langoor’s, Jungle cats, Barking dear, Blue bull, Spotted dear, Flying squirrel, Indian civet, Sambar dear, and Chausingha. One can witness the wildlife of Tadoba living in their natural habitat during Tadoba Jungle safari. All of them can be seen near waterbodies, or grasslands. Leopards are seen mostly in rocky areas of the forest.
JUNGLE SAFARI IN TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE:
FOREST DEPARTMENT HAS DIVIDED THE TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE ENTRY GATES INTO TWO CATEGORIES.
Core Area: This is the main forest area where there are no trace of human habitation are allowed and only dominated by the wild inmates of the jungle. Only partial part of this area is open for tourism zone for Jungle safari in tadoba.
Buffer Zones: These are the areas where there is existence of small villages around this part of forest, can say a bit of mankind and wildlife co-exists. Tiger sightings are great in this part of Tadoba reserve as well.
TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE IS DIVIDED INTO THREE CORE AREAS
– Tadoba Zone/Range (via Kolara & Navegaon gates)
– Moharli Zone/Range (via Moharli & Khutwanda Gates)
– Kolsa Zone/Range (via Zari & Pangadi gates)
TYPES OF JUNGLE SAFARI IN TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE
Jeep Safari: This is an open Jeep, 6 people can accommodate in each jeep with one guide and driver. Jeep safari in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is recommended for a family group and for wildlifers or photographers.
Canter safari: This is a common safari in that 22 people can accommodate in a time, it is a shared safari and Canter is like an Open big size jeep. There are 2 guides in the canter. Canters are the economical option for safari, but are not online booked.