Spread over the area of 625.40 sq. km, Tadoba National Park is one of the best conservation national parks in the country. Created in 1955, this national park is currently a home of 88 tigers (August 2016). The National park was named after the tribal God Tadoba or Taru. Legends says that once a village chief, Taru, was killed in his legendary encounter with a tiger. After this incident a shrine was made near the Tadoba Lake in his memory.
Must See Attractions in Tadoba National Park
The national park is also renowned for the places like Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir, Urjanagar Lake & the beautiful Tadoba Lake. Endangered birds like grey headed fishing eagle, crested serpent eagle, changeable hawk eagle and Indian Marsh crocodile can be spotted easily in this famous Tadoba Lake. According to local stories one must visit the Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir for a safe safari.
In this land of tigers, other wild faunas like Sloth Bear, Hyenas, Four horned Antelopes, Common Langoors, Flying Squirrel, Porcupines and Blue Bulls are quite common.
Central India's best native place for woodland birds, Tadoba, provides shelter to a total of 195 species of birds. Orang Headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Bronze Winged Jacana, Black Napped Blue Flycatcher, Stone Curlew, Warblers are few examples of it.
Endangered reptiles like Indian Python, Common Indian Monitor, Star Tortoise, Terrapins and Cobra also live here.
74 species of butterfly including great egg fly, swordtails, pansies and jewel beetles, praying mantis are among the famous insects located in the reserve.
Places to Visit near Tadoba National Park
There are few other tourist spots around the national park. Tourist can go to St. Michael Church, Ayyappa Temple & Maa Durga Temple. The “Tiger Capital of India”, Nagpur, also famous as “Orange City”, is very close from the park.
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Safari Zones in Tadoba National Park
Tadoba National park is very famous for Jungle Safari which will give you an experience of life time. The safari zones of Tadoba & Andhari is famous for spotting wild animals like panthers, leopards, sloth bears, wolf, barking deer and many more.
There are three most recommended safari zones in Tadoba National Park.
1. Moharli Zone is the top among them. This best tiger spotting zone is famous for good accommodation facility.
2. Tadoba Zone is famous for its scenic beauty & diverse wildlife species.
3. Kolsa Zone is famous for the beautiful forest landscape.
Travelers can visit the DFO office of Chandrapur for a spot booking at the Navegaon gate. Local Taxi Union also provides jeeps & trained drivers for a safe and adventurous trip. This park remains full day closed on every Tuesday.
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Morning: 6:00 am to 10:00 am (entry till 8:00 am only)
Afternoon: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (entry till 4:30 pm only)
There are more than fifty tiger reserves in India. Tadoba National Park, with its vast area, amazing landscape and wide range of animals is an important one among them.
Best Time to Visit Tadoba National Park
Post winter season, from February to May is the best time to visit Tadoba National Park. During this time one can easily locate tigers, different species of deer, gaurs and other animals. Post monsoon is also a good time to visit this sanctuary. However, it is always advisable not to visit any wildlife during the rainy season as it is the breeding season for them.
How to Reach Tadoba National Park
One of the largest & oldest national park of India, Tadoba National Park is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport of Nagpur is the nearest airport. It will take approximately 3 hrs in taxi to reach this national park which is 140 km away from the airport.
Chandrapur railway station is the nearest railway station which is 45 km away from the national park. This railway station is well connected with the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad & Jhansi. Either, you can opt for the Maharashtra Wild Trail journey of Deccan Odyssey luxury train. On Day 5, train will reach the Tadoba National park. Buses & taxis to the sanctuary are easily available from here.
Chandrapur (45 km) & Chimur (32 km) are the two nearest bus stops. Tourist from the nearby cities like Nagpur, Raipur, Pune & Hyderabad can avail state buses to reach the tiger reserve.
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