Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary together form the Tadoba –Andhari Tiger Reserve. The National Park derives its name from the local tribal God “Taru”, whereas the Andhari river flowing through the forest gives the sanctuary its name.
STD Code: 07172
Area: 625 sq. kms
When to go: Tropical climate makes winter the best time to visit Tadoba National Park. However, the best season to sight tigers would be the hotter months (April to May). So 15th October to 15th June is the suggested safari time. Post monsoon is also a good time to visit Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary when the jungle becomes lush green and is filled with flowers. Every Tuesday, the National Park is kept closed.
Climate: Tadoba National Park is located at Cahndrapur District, Maharashtra and Chandrapur is known for its hot and dry climate. With very less humidity, in this region temperatures start decreasing in October with December being the coldest month, with a minimum average temperature of 9 °C and maximum of 23.2 °C.Temperatures begin to rise in February. Maximum temperature 47°C and minimum temperature is 5°C. Annual Rainfall is 1,275 mm.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Tadoba
Road: Tadoba National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Tadoba National Park at frequent intervals. Nearest main bus stand is Chandrapur and Chimur.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Chandrapur railway station, about 45 Km from the Tadoba National Park. Chandrapur railway station is well connected by road network to Tadoba National Park.
Air: Nearest airport is Nagpur airport, about 140 Km from the Tadoba National Park. Nagpur airport is well connected by road network to Tadoba National Park.
Declared as National Park in the year of 1955, Tadoba-Andhari National Park is having six entry gates. Moharli gate is the oldest entrance to the park (54 rides available everyday). Others are – Kuswanda (Eight rides available), Kolara Gate (Eighteen rides available), NaveGaon Gate (twelve rides available), Pangdi Gate (four rides available) and Zari Gate (Twelve rides available).
Entry fees: Rs. 750/- per car/jeep and Rs. 1,500/- per minibus on Monday to Friday. Rs. 1,000 per car/jeep and Rs. 2,000/- per minibus on weekends and government holidays.
Jeep rental: Rs. 2000/- per trip and can be shared by maximum 6 people.
Guide Fee: Rs. 300/-
Camera Fee: Rs. 200/- for lenses 250 mm and above.
Elephant Joy Ride: Rs. 300/- for Indians on weekends and government holidays, and Rs. 200/- during the week. Rs. 1800/- for foreigners on weekends and government holidays, and Rs. 600/- during the week.
Tourist Attractions in Tadoba-Andhari National Park
The oldest National Park of Maharshtra and considered to be the second tiger reserve of the state, Tadoba is known for most visible tiger sighting. Other commonly found species are Panther, Bison, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Dog, Blue Bull, Sambar, Leopard, Rusty spotted cat, Jungle cat, Leopard cat and Barking Deer.
The lake situated in the middle of the park is a habitat to a wide variety of birds, 181 in number, including water birds. Frequently sighted birds are Honey buzzard, Shy jungle fowl, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Paradise flycatcher, Peacock, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Painted Francolin, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Black Naped Blue Flycatcher, Plum Headed Parakeet, Gray Jungle Fowl, Bonelli’s Eagle, Crest Serpent Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Warblers, Munias, Drongos, Pipits, Larks etc. Marsh crocodile which were once found all over the Maharashtra can now only be spotted here in Tadoba lake.
Bhadrawati: Bhadrawati or Bhandak is a large flourishing village. Its ancient name was Bhadrawati, which was later changed to Bhandak. Today, it is better known as a place of religious significance for the Jain sect than for its historical identity. A Jain temple is very well-maintained, with the floors paved with marbles. Also has an ancient fort.
Markanda: Markanda is a small village situated on the left bank of the river Vainganga, andf is known as a place of pilgrimage. The Markanda is supposed to have derived its name from sage Markandeya. The sage is believed to have worshiped a Shivalinga in a group of beautiful temples in this town. There are 24 temples in this cluster. There are no inscriptions to tell their age, but their style is similar to that of the temples at Khajuraho. Markanda temple is 50 km away from Gadchiroli, the district head quarter.
Bhamragarh: Bhamragarh is 175 km away from Gadchiroli. Situated at the confluence of the river Indravatri, Parikota and Palam Gautam, the place is known for its verdant green forest. Dr. Prakesh Amte has established a Lokbiradari project at Hemalkasa which is 3 km away from Bhamragarh.
Anandvan (Warora): Ananadvan is the place where Magsaysay Award winner Baba Amte has set up a charitable institute for leprosy patients. It is about 100 Kilometers from Nagpur on Nagpur-Chandrapur road. Leprosy patients are given treatment, trained and rehabilitated here. Initially started for leprosy patients, the welfare programmes were later extended to the blind and the deaf, the physically handicapped, orphans and senior citizens, and even the Madia Gond tribals of South-Central India. There are hospitals, dispensaries, schools colleges and vocational training centres. This one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world.