Tadoba Andheri Tiger Project is one of the famous Tiger reserves in India. The Tadoba National Park is among the India’s 28 Project Tiger Reserve with an area of 623 sq.kms. It is the oldest National Park of Maharashtra situated in the Chandrapur district. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve includes Tadoba National Park and Andhari wildlife Sanctuary. Tadoba has been named after the local God, “Taru” who was killed in an heroic fight with a tiger.The local people offer their prayers to “Tadoba Deo” with a belief that by offering prayers to Tadoba Deo and sprinkling the water of Tadoba lake on agricultural fields, there crops will be safe from any disease or pests. The Sanctuary is named “Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary” in the name of river Andhari which flows through the Sanctuary. Area of Tadoba National Park is 116 sq.km. & Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary is 509 sq.km. comprising of total 625 sq.kms. Tadoba was established in 1935 and declared a National Park in 1955 with 116 sq.km. area. Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1986, and in 1995, both the park and the sanctuary were merged to establish the present Tiger Reserve. Tadoba reserve comprises of the Chimur Hills, and the Andhari sanctuary covers Moharli and Kolsa ranges.
Tadoba National Park is a paradise for Wild life enthusiasts and it is also known as the ‘Jewel of Vidarbha‘. The wildlife sanctuary comprises of a varied range of flora and fauna such as Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhaoda, Bamboo, Haldu, Arjun, Tendu, Salai, Jamun, Mahua along with rare variety of indian wildlife.
Wild Life in Tadoba –
In Tadoba there are 80 species of mammals, 280 species of Birds, 100 species of Butterflies, 26 species of spiders, 30 species of Reptiles including 25 species of snakes, 5 species of Amphibians, 23 species of Fishes evidence. There are 280 species of birds recorded in Tadoba which includes 50 species of migratory birds and 158 species of resident birds. During winter Bar-headed Goose migrates from Ladakh and Tibet at Chargaon and Sitarampeth tanks near the Protected Area. Tadoba has around 50 tigers along with some rare Indian wildlife such as, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Civet and Jungle cats, Wild Boar, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Dog , Langoor, Nilgai, Ratel, Flying Squirrel, Palm Civet, Indian Civet, Leopard Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Pangolin, Jackal and many species of Indian deer like Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai, and Barking Deer. In Tadoba there is also a lake which has natural habitat of many water birds and Marsh Crocodile which were once commonly found in Maharashtra. Tiger, Panther are the major carnivores in this area which feed on the herbivores. Sambar, Chital, boars and Gaurs are the most preferred prey hunted by the Tiger.
Bird Watching –
In Tadoba nearly 280 species of birds were recorded to be found namely Black-hooded Oriole, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Monarch Flycatcher, racket-tailed and White-bellied Drongo, Large Cuckooshrike, Oriental White eye, grey Hornbill, Grey Jungle-fowl, Golden Oriole, Large green barbet, Oriental honey & white eyed Buzzard,Indian Pitta,Paradise Flycatcher,Oriental Honey & White-eyed Buzzard, Indian Pitta, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Roller, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Changeable Hawk eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Savana Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse.
How to reach Tadoba –
Nearest Railway Station – The nearest railway station is Chandrapur which is 45 kms from Tadoba is on the Delhi -Madras / Hyderabad Route. Chandrapur can be reached from Mumbai by Dadar-Nagpur Sewagram Express which has 2 Bogies (2nd Class Sleeper) which are detached at Wardha and connected to the Wardha-Ballarshah Passenger.This train reaches Chandrapur at 10.30 a.m. From Kolkata tourists can reach Nagpur by Howrah-Mumbai express on Friday at 2.35 p.m and reaches next day at 8.20 a.m and Geetanjali express initiates daily at 1.50 p.m and reaches Nagpur at 7.20 a.m.
Nearest Airport – The nearest airport is Nagpur which is 140 km from tadoba & can be reached by road via Umrer, Bhisi and Chimur. Regular flights are available from Mumbai / Delhi/Hyderabad.
By Road – Tourists can reach Tadoba by bus or taxi from Nagpur which takes about 3 hours to reach there. Nearest bus stand is Chandrapur and Chimur (32 km).
One State Transport bus plies daily between Chandrapur and Kolsa at 5.00 pm in the evening and returns to Chandrapur next Morning around 8.00 am.
Distance from Chandrapur – There are two entry points to enter Tadoba – Kolsa & Moharli where Entry permit is to be obtained. Kolsa is 45 kms from Chandrapur which takes 1.30 hours to reach via Zari gate. Moharli is 25 kms from Chnadrapur and it takes 1 hour to reach there.
Geographic Locations –
i) Longitude : 79 13’13” E and 79 33’ 34” E
ii) Latitude : 20 4’ 53” N and 20 25’ 51” N
Very Hot in Summer. Temperature reachs upto 480 C in April/May.
Cool – Pleasant in Winter.
Rainy Season- between 15th June – 30th September.
Entry Gates –
Moharli– 25 K.M. from Chandrapur
Navegaon– 130 K.M. from Nagpur via Umred, Chimur, Khadsingi
Pangadi– 25 K.M. from Sindewahi
Zari – 30 K.M. from Chandrapur, Chichpalli
Gatewise entry of no. of vehicles permitted – Khutvanda – 7, Kolara – 7, Navegaon -6, Moharli -20, Zari -7, Pangadi -6, Botezari – 7.
Entry Timings – Morning 6.00 to 11.00 a.m. (Entry 6.00 to 9.30 a.m.) and
Afternoon 3.00 to 7.00 p.m. (Entry 3.00 to 5.30 p.m.)
During Winter season Only – 6.00 to 11.00 a.m. (Entry 6.00 to 9.30 a.m.) and
2.00 to 5.45 p.m. (Entry 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.)
Closed days of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve –
i) All Tuesday
ii) Holi and Dhoolivandan
iii) 31st December
iv) Census days – Notified from time to time through local press (Normally full moon days of April, May and 5 days preceding or succeeding these days).
Transport Facilities –
1) Private vehicles and Gypsies are available at Chandrpaur and they can be hired
from Chandrapur. Private Gypsies are available on hire basis daily near Moharli Gate for Jungle Safari in TATR Park.
2) One State Transport bus plies daily between Chandrapur and Kolsa at 5.00 pm in the evening and returns to Chandrapur next Morning around 8.00 am.
Entry Fees to be paid at Entry Gates – Vehicles – Rs. 50/- per trip for Car/Jeep & Rs. 75/- per trip for Bus.
Tourists – Rs. 20/- per trip for adults & Rs. 10/- per trip for Children (5 to 12 years of age)
Guide charges – 100/-
|Indian Citizens||Foreign Citizens|
|Elephants Ride –|
|Camera fees –|
|Still Camera||Rs. 2/- per Camera||Rs. 8/- per Camera|
|Video/Cine Camera (Non-professional)||Rs. 5/- per Camera||Rs. 20/- per Camera|
Staying Facilities At- Moharli. – At Moharli MTDC Resort is available with AC and Non AC 15 suites.
There are two private resorts Saras and Tadoba at Moharli with good facility. 3 tents and a Faculty House is also available near Moharli Gate. Presently this facility is stopped due to some repairs works in Faculty House.
Contacts Numbers for accommodation are given below :
1. M.T.D.C. – Moharli, Manager – M. 9921027275,
Booking Agent- Mobile- 9822567609, Residence- 07172-251654
MTDC Regional Office, Nagpur – 0712- 2533325
2. Resort SARAS, Moharli – Mobile- 9764993866, 651301
Vivek Wekhande Mobile- 9422139353.
3. Tadoba Resort, Moharli – (07172)- 252686, Mobile- 9766305338
Manager – 9657420453
4. Resort – Tiger Trail at Khutvanda
(0712) – 5641327, Mobile- 9422147518.
5. Resort – Sarai Tiger at Sitarampeth
Mobile- 9421925520, 9373663219.
Staying Facilities of TATR At Kolsa :- Forest Rest House is available with 4 Suites. The charges per suite per day is Rs. 200/- only.
Canteen is available for tourists at both Kolsa and Moharli.
Reservation for accommodation at Kholsa FRH can be done by sending a Money order/D.D. payable at Chandrapur in favour of Conservator of Forest & Field Director, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur.
Guides – It is mandatory to take an authorised guide at the jungle trips. Charges for the Guide Rs. 100/- per trip. Movement within the Tiger Reserve is allowed in vehicles only and taking a guide is compulsory. Tourists are not allowed to get down from their vehicles while on rounds.
Best time for visit at Tiger Reserve – The best season to visit is from February to May.
To enjoy the Forests – October to February.
To observe Wild fauna – March to May.
To observe migratory birds – December to February.
The park remains open throughout the year except the closed days mentioned below –
Closed days – 31st December, Holi, Dhulivandan and Census days- Normally full moon days of April, May
and 5 days preceding these days
Mailing address –
Conservator of Forests & Field Director,
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve,
Mul Road, Chandrapur – 442 401
Maharashtra – INDIA
Office Tel :- (07172) 251414
Fax Tel. No. (07172) 277116
E-mail :- email@example.com
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