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Tadoba Tiger Reserve: 145 km south of Nagpur / 120 sq. km. main area.

Tadoba Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest national parks in Maharashtra, and is best known for its excellent tiger sightings in recent times. Open-topped Gypsy vehicles and buses with trained guides are available for jungle safari trips. Accommodation is also available.

  • Tadoba Andhari Reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra at a total of 625.4 sq. km (241.5 sq. mi). and consists of:
  • Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 at a total of 116.55 sq. km.
  • Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, created in 1986 at a total of 508.85 sq. km.
  • 32.51 square kilometres (12.55 sq mi) of protected forest.
  • Densely forested hills at the northern and western boundaries of the Tiger Reserve, ranging in elevation from 200m to 350 m (660 to 1,150 ft).
  • Tadoba Lake, a 300-acre southwest buffer between the park’s forest and the extensive farmland, which extends up to Irai Water Reservoir. The lake is populated by a thriving population of muggar crocodiles.
  • Lush wetlands of Kolsa Lake and the Andhari River.

The Tadoba Reserve covers the Chimur Hills and the Andhari Sanctuary covers Moharli and Kolsa ranges, which are bound to the north and west side by densely forested hills.

From forests to meadows, valleys and hills, the terrain boasts a wide range of wildlife. In contrast to the north, the southern area is less hilly.

The Tadoba Reserve is predominantly southern tropical dry deciduous forest, 87% of which is dense woodlands, bursting with a dazzling array of wildlife that includes:

  • Bengal tiger
  • Indian leopard
  • Sloth
  • Gaur
  • Nilgai
  • Dhole
  • Striped hyena
  • Small Indian Civet
  • Various jungle cats
  • Sambar
  • Spotted deer
  • Barking deer
  • Chital
  • Chausingha

Tadoba Lake’s diversity extends out into insects and reptiles as well:

  • Marsh crocodile
  • Indian python
  • Indian monitor
  • Terrapins
  • Indian star tortoise
  • Indian cobra
  • Russel’s viper
  • Over 74 species of butterflies make Tadoba Lake their home, including pansies, monarch, Mormons and swordtails.
  • Insect species include the endangered danaid egg-fly, the great eggfly, dragonflies, stick insects, jewel beetles and praying mantis.
  • The giant wood spider and red wood spiders are often seen during the monsoon. Hunting spiders like the wolf spiders, crab spiders and lynx spiders are also common.

Tadoba Lake is popular with ornithologists as it boasts a wide diversity of water birds and raptors – over 195 species of birds, including three endangered species:

  • Grey-headed fish eagle
  • Crested serpent eagle
  • Hawk-eagle
  • Orange-headed thrush
  • Indian pitta
  • Crested treeswift
  • Stone curlew
  • Crested honey buzzard
  • Paradise flycatcher
  • Bronze-winged jacana
  • Lesser goldenbacked woodpecker
  • Warblers
  • Black-naped blue flycatcher
  • And of course, the peacock.
  • Insects include

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

The Gates:

  • Moharli Gate: The oldest and most popular entrance to the park, 180 km from Nagpur. 27 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris each morning and evening for a total of 54 rides available for tourists.
  • Kuswanda: 140 km from Nagpur. 4 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris in mornings and evenings for a total of 8 rides daily for tourists.
  • Kolara Gate: 120 km from Nagpur. 9 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris in mornings and evenings for a total of 18 rides daily for tourists.
  • NaveGaon Gate: 140 km from Nagpur. 6 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris in mornings and evenings for a total of 12 rides daily for tourists.
  • Pangdi Gate: 250 km from Nagpur. 2 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris in mornings and evenings for a total of 4 rides daily for tourists.
  • Zari Gate: 190 km from Nagpur. 6 vehicles allowed for tiger safaris in mornings and evenings for a total of 12 rides daily for tourists.

Attractions en route:

Anandwan: The ashram of Baba Amte who is internationally renowned for his selfless devotion to the upliftment of leprosy patients.

Bhadravati: A major pilgrimage centre for the Jain community with a cluster of beautiful Jain temples. There is also a Ganesh temple, which is one of the Ashtavinayakas of Vidarbha. 2,000 year old exquisite Buddhist caves have hosted several International Buddha Dhamma conventions.

Tadoba lies in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra close to Nagpur.

Nagpur to Chandrapur – 100 km.
Nagpur to Mohurli Gate – 180 km via Chandrapur.
Nagpur to Kutwanda –140 km via Chandrapur.
Nagpur to Kolara Gate – 120 km via Chandrapur.
Nagpur to Navegaon Gate –140 km via Chandrapur.
Nagpur to Pangdi gate -250 km via Chandrapur.
Nagpur to Zari Gate -190 km via Chandrapur.