About Tadoba Andheri National Park
Tadoba Tiger Reserve
“Tadoba Andheri National Park” – The largest and oldest National Park in Maharashtra, often referred as the jewel of Vidarbha, which is located in Chandrapur district.
- It is one of India’s 47 existing project tiger reserves, which has an endless treasure trove of a large number of species of flora and fauna.
- It is also known as “Andhari Tiger Reserve”.
- The history behind the name Tadoba National Park is believed that ‘Tadoba’ means ‘Taru’ was a chief of the village, who was killed in a legendary encounter with tiger, is the God worshipped by the tribals living in the dense forest, whereas ‘Andahri’ refers the Andhari river.
- Tadoba National Park and Andhari wildlife sanctuary combined in the year 1995 to form ‘Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve’.
The total area of Tadoba National Park is near about 300 acres, out of which-
- The total Core area is 625.40 sq. km
- The total buffer area is 1101.60 sq. km
- The protected forest area is 32.51 sq. km
- Other areas are 14.93 sq. km
Tadoba reveals majestic jungle ambience and notifies highly impressive panorama to attain a perfect jungle experience with the huge and captivating attraction of Tadoba Lake, Kolsa Lake and Andhari River; which ensures rich water resources for the park as well as nestles aquatic life and is habitat for Mugger Crocodiles.
Tadoba reserves cover the Chimur Hills and Andhari sanctuary covers Moharli and kolsa ranges. It is bounded on the northern and western sides by densely forested hills.
- The area of this tiger reserve is covered with lush green forest land, relieved by smooth meadows and deep valleys to preserve the unique biodiversity available in Maharastra.
- Apart from the species of Bengal Tiger, this park is home to other animals also like:
- Spotted Dears,
- Sloth Bears,
- Indian Bison (Gaur),
- Antilope (4 horned),
- Wild Boars,
- Blue Bull,
- Indian Pangolin,
- Hyenas, etc.
- Some Birds Like – Peacock, Serpent Eagle, Paradise flycatchers, Hornbill, etc. along with reptiles and spiders.
- Most Popular Trees – Teak, Bamboo, Shisham, Semal, Mahua, Arjuna, along with Axel wood (fire-resistant species) and Butea monosperma (pals tree/forest fire) adds vivacious colour to this forest.
Some More Highlights:
It has 7 Buffer and 1 core area are:-
- Kolara Core,
- Kolara Buffer,
- Navegaon Core, and
- Navegaon Buffer Sights
Note : 90% Sighting is Possible only in Tadoba National Park
- Winter lasts from November to February, with daytime temperatures ranging from 25° to 30° C with the park looking green.
- Summers in Tadoba are excessively hot, with temperatures reaching 47°C; yet, it is the best season to see animals near water lakes since the foliage is scarce, enhancing accessibility.
- The monsoon season begins in June, with significant rainfall of around 1275 mm and a temperature of approximately 66 per cent, Because of the tropical temperature, the winter season is the best time to explore Tadoba National Park.
- The hotter months, however, are the ideal time to see tigers (April to May).
- Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary is also an excellent time to visit after the rain when the forest turns lush green and blooms with flowers.