120 sq km, the Tadoba National Park is the oldest national park in Maharashtra and comes under the Project Tiger umbrella.
It is located 100 km south of Nagpur
and 45 km north of Chandrapur. The National Park is named after Tadoba, a
courageous village chief who died while valiantly fighting off a tiger.
Thickly forested hills form the north and western boundaries of the
Tiger Reserve. To the southwest is the huge Tadoba lake, which acts as buffer
in between the Park Forest and the extensive farmland extending right up to the
Irai Lake. The
national park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers and is
aptly called 'The Jewel of Vidarbha'. The rich deciduous forests of the reserve
are blessed with a rich and varied flora and fauna.
The main attraction of the
Park is its jungle safari. A 12-seater minibus takes visitors around the Park.
Keep a look out for the denizens of the Park that include more than thousand
species of birds, animals, insects and other life forms. You will see large
herds of Chitals, Sambars, Barking Deer, Chausingha and Neel Gai as you drive
by. You would be lucky to spot a sloth bear, wild dog, wild boar and leopard
who are other inhabitants of this beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Ornithologists will get to see as many as 181 species
of birds, including water birds.
attraction here is undisputedly the majestic tiger. It continues to enamor
tourists of all age groups and interests. As the night falls the jungle air
comes alive with the sounds of civets and squirrels. Head
out to the large bamboo fringed Tadoba
Lake. It is the home of
the marsh crocodile and attracts many water birds like Cattle Egrets, Purple
Moorhens and Jacanas. A motorable road runs along the perimeter of the lake and
makes an excellent walker's track.
rich, dry deciduous forests are full of enchanting jungle trails. Experienced
trekking guides are available to take tourists to the different points of
interest. Wild life viewing has been made all the more easier with the help of
observation towers and 'machaans' where animals are sighted especially at dusk.
best time to visit the park is in the cool months of November to February when
the weather is very pleasant and humidity is at its lowest. There are good
facilities for overnight stay at the park at the three forest rest houses
located around the lake.