Situated in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve has earned the distinction as the jewel in the state’s crown. Maharashtra’s largest national park is a treasure trove of threatened species and plays an important role as a functionary of Project Tiger. The name Tadoba is bestowed by the God ‘Tadoba’ or ‘Taru’ who as per legends, used to be the village chief of the local tribals. A mythological encounter with a tiger describes the inherent ferocity and heroism of the God Taru. A temple built for Taru, on Tadoba Lake’s banks, is thronged by the devout Adivasis. ‘Andhari’ comes from the mesmerizing Andhari River flowing through the dense forests.
The reserve sprawls over an area of 625.4 square kilometers. Dense jungles and heavily forested hills ranging 200 m to 350m make up its scenic northern and western boundaries. Wetland areas in the reserve include the Tadoba Lake, Kolsa Lake and Andhari River. Tadoba Lake is famed on account of its population of Mugger crocodiles. Predominant tree species in these forests are teak. Smooth meadows and beautiful valleys are also witnessed within this diverse landscape. Animals garner refuge in the various cliffs and caves spread throughout the region. Visiting several wildlife species in their natural surroundings offers lifetime memories. The reserve has excelled in the herculean task of offering security to endangered flora and fauna.
Ideal Time to Go to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
The best time to visit Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is during the months of March-May and November- February.
Ways to get there
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