Established in 1955 with the merger of Tadoba National Park and Andhari wildlife sanctuary, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is spread over a mammoth 1726.6 sq. km. Among the 47 tiger reserves under Project Tiger, Tadoba remained undiscovered by tourists and wildlife conservationists until recently. However, in recent times it has become very popular due to its tiger density and the relatively easy chance of spotting tigers. Some practical tips on a memorable Tadoba experience:
The Jungle Safari
Tadoba National Park is a huge attraction for tourists, nature lovers, as well as conservationists due to its extensive biodiversity. They can get to see amazing types of vegetation as well as animals, insect, bird, and reptilian life that is very difficult to observe anywhere else. The park remains open for visitors in the period of 15th October to 30th June, however; technically it is one of the very few reserves that are open throughout the year, including the monsoons, when typically other parks do not permit entry. If you want to visit the reserve any time other than 15th October to 30th June, it will be necessary to seek special permission from the authorities.
Typically, tourists get up and close with nature at its most bountiful either on four-wheel drive vehicles or on the back of elephants, if they are extra adventurous. The jungle safaris are usually conducted once in the morning and once in the afternoon. It is mandatory for tourists to be accompanied by authorized forest guides during the safaris, which may be organized either by the forest authorities or even by the owners of the private resorts and other assorted Tadoba accommodation near the forest. The presence of the forest guide ensures that not only you do not violate the rules in force but also are able to access the best spots from where you can observe the animals.
What to Do In Tadoba?
Most people coming to Tadoba hope to see the majestic Bengal Tiger in its natural environs. Because of the relatively high density of tigers and the relatively less disturbance of the environment by humans, tiger sightings are typically far more common here than elsewhere so more often than not tourists do get to spot the tiger. However, as they can be elusive, one should not be disappointed as the forest abounds in other animals such as leopards, sloth bears, a variety of deer, porcupines, wild boars, nilgai, Indian pangolins, langur, crocodiles, and more than 156 avian species, including crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, grey-headed fishing eagle, and a variety of snakes and insects.
Tadoba Tiger Reserve is an ideal place for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy the great outdoors with guided jungle safaris, camping, trekking, and bird watching excursions. One of the main attractions is the famous Tadoba Lake that attracts a large variety of birdlife. The Erai dam, which supplies most of the region’s water,and the villages in the surrounding areas are major attractions.
Author bio: Bill Williams is a wildlife photographer and travel journalist. He has visited Tadoba Tiger Reserve a number of times and featured both the animal diversity as well as Tadoba accommodation available for tourists.