Where to go
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, located at 150 kms South of Nagpur in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.Tadoba National Park was named after the local God Taru, who is worshipped as 'Tadoba'. Legend holds that Taru was apparently a village chief who was killed in a mythological encounter with a tiger.
The Tadoba Tiger Reserve consists of two north-south forest blocks. The core of the reserve is 625 sq. km along with buffer of additional 1100 sq. kms.
Tadoba has predominantly southern tropical dry deciduous forest, with teak and bamboo being the prominent species. It’s a rugged landscape comprising cliffs, caves, marshes, perennial lakes and boulder strewn streambeds that cater to a host of biodiversity.
Overlooked by tourism till recently because it was off the beaten track, it offers some wonderful wildlife experiences. It is also one of the few parks that are open all year round, offering visitors an opportunity to visit in the monsoon season.
Taboda is bursting with life. The apex species of the reserve is the tiger. The leopard and the jungle cat are some of the other carnivores that share these forests. The jackal, hyena, Indian wild dog, civet, sloth bear may also be encountered. The reserve is also renowned for the gaur. Large herds of chital and sambar may be seen. The sturdy nilgai and the swift-footed four-horned antelope are also residents of this reserve. The muntjac (barking deer), chevrotain (mouse deer), common langur, flying squirrel and wild pig also abound.
Crocodiles are another highlight of the reserve. The reptilian fauna includes species such as the endangered Indian python and the common Indian monitor. Terrapins, star tortoises, common cobra and Russel's viper also occur in Tadoba.
Tadoba is also an entomologist's paradise. 74 species of butterflies have been recorded including the pansies, monarch, mormons and swordtails. The signature spider, giant wood and red wood spiders are often seen in the monsoon and soon after.
195 species of birds have been recorded including the endangered Grey Headed Fishing Eagle Ichthyophagaicthyaetus. Other common birds to this area include,Crested Serpent Eagle SpilornischeelaCrested Tree SwiftHemiprocnelongipennis, Stone CurlewBurhinusoedicnemus, Honey BuzzardPernisptilorhyncus, Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphoneparadisi, Bronze Winged Jacana Metopidiusindicus and Lesser Goldenbacked WoodpeckerDinopiumbenghalense.