Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in India. It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park.Tadoba-andhari Tiger reserve was created in 1995. The area of the Reserve is 625.40 sq. km. This includes Tadoba National Park, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 sq. km. and andhari Wildlife Sanctuary created in 1986 with an area of 508.85 sq. km. The Reserve is constituted with 577.96 sq. km. Reserve Forest, 32.51 sq. km. Protected Forest and 14.93 sq. km. other areas.
Tropical climate makes winter season the best time to visit Tadoba National Park. However, the best season to sight tigers would be the hotter months (April to May). Post monsoon is also a good time to visit Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary when the jungle becomes lush green and is filled with flowers.
Summer : The summer starts in March and ends by May. April and May are the hottest months in the park. Dehydration chances are higher. The skies will be clear. This is the best time to spot animals with their cubs near the lake. It is also a good time for bird spotting.
Winter : The winter starts in October and ends by February. The winter has pleasant climate and rich flora. Spotting small and large mammals are easier during this season. The migration birds can be spotted during this season.
Rainy : The park is closed for the rainy season. The rainy season starts by July and ends by September. The park receives heavy rainfall and the terrain becomes slippery. This causes hindrance for any vehicle to enter into the park. Spotting animals become rare during this season.
Safari is the main attraction in Tadoba national park. The park provides open Gypsy safari and bus safari along with guides.
Open gypsy safari is famous for spotting wild dogs, sloth bear and others. The jeep or gypsy safari has to be booked in advance in the DFO office near the park. Spot booking is available in the Entry gate of the park. Online facilities are not available. Private jeeps can be hired in nearby taxi stands.
There are 88 tigers, as of August 2016 in the reserve, and 58 in the forests immediately outside the reserve.
Tadoba National Park is a popular tiger reserve known as ‘The Land of Tigers’ as large number of tigers are found here, Aside from the keystone species, the Bengal tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, including: Indian Leopards, Sloth Bears, Gaur, Nilgai, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Chausingha and Honey Badger, Rusty Spotted Cat, Gaur (Indian Bison), Indian Mouse Deer, Ratel, Wild Pig, Flying Squirrel, Four Horned Antelope, to name a few.