Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is undoubtedly the best protected and most exciting Tiger Reserve of India. Located in the Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district, it is the largest national park of the state that is also a treasured trove of endangered species of wild animals. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is sprawled over an area of 625 Square Kilometres that is marked by dense green jungles, smooth meadows and forested hills. Besides being an incredible tiger habitat, the park is also home to diverse species of mammals, insects and reptiles. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve offers the best tiger sighting experience in the whole of Maharashtra.

The Tadoba Forests was declared to be a National Park in 1955. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve was constituted by combing the Tadoba National Park and the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1995. There is a legend associated with the place. It is believed that the tribal God named “Taru’ or ‘Tadoba’ was killed fighting a tiger several years ago. The tribal’s then built a shrine in the memory of their God under a big tree located on the shores of Tadoba Lake. Since then the local jungle is named as ‘Tadoba’. The word ‘Andhari’ describes the River Andhari that flows through the dense forests of the park. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a promising destination for wildlife enthusiasts, who flock to this place in large numbers.

 Attractions at the Park

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a chosen destination for tigers and wildlife sighting. Inside the reserve there are several watchtowers or ‘machans’ that assist tourists in optimising their sighting of wild animals. Some of the favourable watchtowers are the ones located at the Vasant Bhandara waterhole, Panchadhara waterhole, one at Jamunabdi and two ‘machans’ located around Tadoba Lake. Visitors can travel to these watchtowers in the jeeps or buses operated by the Forest Department. The route to Vasant Bhandara is a god 5km trek route that is enjoyed by trekkers. These ‘machans’ allow tourists to spot the wild animals easily and the one at Panchadhara offers fairly good chance for spotting tigers.

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is also a favourable destination for birding and is visited by avid bird watchers all year round. The profusion of water bodies and diverse habitat of the place make it an optimal bird sighting destinations of the state. The park is abode of more than 280 different species of birds that includes both wetland and forest birds. Some of the most commonly sighted birds here includes White-eyed Buzzard, Shikra, Common Stonechat, Large Brown Wagtail, Indian Robin, Black Shouldered Kite, Rufus Woodpecker, Brahminy Duck and many more. With such a vast selection of birds, the park is a heaven for photographers and birders.

 Information about the Safari

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is aptly called as the ‘Land of the Tigers’ and the best way to spot these majestic predators is through open jeep safaris. The jeep safari are also referred to as Tiger Safari’ and takes tourists inside the natural habitats of the wild cats and other residential animals. The jeep safaris operate twice daily and the timings vary according to sunrise and sunset. Only jeeps that are registered with Tadoba Administration are allowed inside the park and have to be accompanied by a park guide. There is a prescribed charge for both that needs to be paid in advance. As only limited numbers of jeeps are allowed inside the park, it is best to get your bookings made in advance.

 Duration:

The duration of the jeep safari inside the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is 4 hours in the morning and evening respectively.

  Timings:
  • The timings for jeep safari varies slightly during the summer and winter months.
  • The winter safari timing for morning shift is from 6:30am to 10:30am and the evening shift starts from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
  • The summer safari timing for morning is 6am to 10am and the evening shift operates between 2:30pm to 6:30 pm.
 Entry Pass and Permits:

All vehicles entering the park need to be registered at the Forest Department office at Tadoba. As a part of regulation, all the jeep safaris have to be accompanied by a trained forest guide. Tourists need to provide their personal information along with identification papers to obtain the entry pass.

  Dos and Don’ts Within the Park:
  • Jeep safaris entering the park should leave the exit gate at sharp 6:30pm
  • Drive slowly inside the park to avoid causing any disturbance to the wild animals
  • Parking the vehicle any where inside the park is not allowed
  • Playing transistors or radio is not allowed
  • Do not litter inside the park
  • Carrying firearms or inflammable objects is not allowed
  • Do not park your vehicle anywhere inside the park and always follow the marked trail
  • Do not try to feed to tease the animals inside the park
  Things to Carry Along:
  • Plenty of eatables and drinking water
  • Mosquito repellents
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and cap or a hat
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with spare rolls and batteries

 Safety Measures to be Followed

Visitors inside the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve need to follow the safety instructions given by their trained guide. Getting down from your vehicle any where inside the park is not allowed.

 Best Time to Visit the Park

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is open to visitors all year round but the best time to visit this wildlife destination is from the months of February to May. The weather conditions during this time are ideal and the climate is pleasant and enjoyable.

Summers at Tadoba are invariably hot with temperature rising up to 47⁰C. The vegetation dries up and visitors can easily spot animals close the water holes. Monsoons begin from June and give some respite to the wild animals from the scorching heat. However the dense growth of grasses and plants diminish your chances of wildlife sighting. Winter months from November to February are also a favourable time for visiting Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The weather is relatively cold with mercury level dropping below 10⁰C. Make sure to pack your enough woollen clothes if you wish during the winter months.

 Nearby Tourists Attractions

Pench National Park and Sanctuary is a superb destination that can be traversed from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The park is located on the southern boundary of the state of Madhya Pradesh and is renowned for its diversity in flora and fauna. The best time for visiting Pench National Park is from November to March.

Kanha National Park also in Madhya Pradesh is a popular wildlife destination for animal lovers. The park is also fondly referred as the ‘N’Gorongoro’ of India. Kanha National Park is home to diverse species of wild animals including avifauna.

Panvar is a historical destination that is located close to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Situated in the district of Wardha, the place is known for the Paramdham Ashram of Shri Vinobaji and Gandhi Kuti.

 Useful Information

The tourism of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is growing and there are limited accommodation options available there. So tourists must make bookings in advance.

Also limited numbers of safaris are allowed inside the park hence it is best to make advance bookings.

The park remains closed on Tuesdays.