Tadoba National Park
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the finest & largest National Parks in Maharashtra. It is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. This beautiful wild paradise is situated 45 km close to Chandrapur District of central Indian State Maharashtra, and is about 150 km from Nagpur city which is the nearest airport for visiting Tadoba national park. Its name 'Tadoba' is derived from the name of God "Tadoba" or "Taru" whiich is praised by local tribal people, whereas "Andhari" is derived from name of Andhari river. It is believed that Taru was the village chief who was killed in an fierce encounter with Tiger and thus a shrine was made in remembrance of God Taru. This region was predominantly ruled by Gond tribes which had their own Kingdom in large area of Central India. Their descendents are still can be seen in local villages.
Tadoba National Park is open for visitors from 15-Oct to 30-June every season. Despite of this, limited safari is possible from 01-Oct on current booking basis. Tadoba national park remains open for all 07 days in a week.
Vegetation of Tadoba forest is of Southern tropical dry deciduous type which is spread on around 626 sq. km. Teak is the prominent tree species in Tadoba forest. There are few lakes in Tadoba forest area those which ensure water for the park and nestles a rich aquatic life. Among them Irai lake is one well known among tourists. It remains filled with water throughout the year, even in extreme summers.
Major part of this forest is thrived in hilly area; it covers the Chimur Hills, and Andhari sanctuary covers Moharali & Kolsa ranges, so many hillocks, terrains provide shelter to wild animals, since it is considered that this park has a great accessibility & sighting of many wild beasts, wild-lovers from many parts of the country & world arrives here. Being popular gradually for its dense forest area, smooth meadows and deep valleys and moreover to all is the good sight-seeing of tiger despite being low numbers, the park has a great potential & atmosphere to stabilize more numbers of tigers with extending park area