BEST TIGER RESERVE IN INDIA
“Tadoba National Park” is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park, it is also known as the “Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve” and is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state and is approximately 150 kilometers from Nagpur city. The overall area of the tiger reserve is 1,727 Sq.km, which includes the Tadoba National Park, developed in the year 1955. The Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary was created in the year 1986 and got merged with the park in 1995 to develop the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve. The word ‘Tadoba’ is derived from the name of God “Tadoba” or “Taru,” which is praised by local tribal individuals of this region and “Andhari” is derived from the name of Andhari river that flows around.
According to the 2010 National Demographics on Tigers, there are about 43 tigers in the reserve, which is one of the highest counts in India.
Below are some highlights of the park.
The park is open for site visitors from 15th October to 30th June every year and remains full-day closed on every Tuesday.
The vegetation of Tadoba woodland is of Southern tropical dry deciduous type and is spread out on around 626 sq.km.
Teak wood is an important tree species in the forest and there are number of lakes that ensure the park has rich water resources. A major part of this woodland lies in the hilly area, thus numerous hillocks and terrains provide shelter to the wild animals right here.
It has a thick forest area, smooth meadows, deep valleys, and a great environment to stabilize more numbers of tigers. The main attraction of the Tadoba National Park is Jungle or Tiger Safari in an open top gypsy. There are a great chance to spot the Sloth Bear and Wild Dogs. One can discover some of Central India’s best native woodland bird species in this forest.
Accommodation facilities are readily available and are generally focused among two of its popular entrance gates i.e. Kolara Gate and Mohurli Gate.
The Tadoba National Park is divided right into three different forest ranges, i.e. Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range, and Morhurli range, which is located between the first two. There are two lakes and one river in the park, which gets filled up every monsoon, the ‘Tadoba Lake,’ ‘Kolsa Lake,’ and ‘Tadoba River.’
These lakes and rivers provide essential ingredients that are needed to sustain the park’s life.
The Tadoba Tiger Reserve is rich in flora as well as fauna. Some of the well-known and wildly seen flora of this park consists of, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Hald, Salai, Semal, Tendu, Beheda, Hirda, Karaya gum, Mahua Madhuca, Arjun, Bamboo, Bheria, Black Plum, and many others. Apart from this, the animals in this forest are Tigers, Indian leopards, Sloth bears, Gaur, Nilgai, Dhole, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Chital, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Python, Indian Cobra, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Barking Deer, Crested Serpent Eagle, Striped Hyena Peacock, Jewel Beetles, Wolf Spiders, etc.
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