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Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve (TATR), Maharashtra

posted Sep 17, 2011, 11:37 PM by sandip mishra   [ updated Sep 17, 2011, 11:57 PM ]

Maharashtra's Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve (TATR), part of the Project Tiger initiative, located in the Chandrapur district has a very special place in our hearts. We have been visiting this place since 2007 and made 12 trips from Hyderabad. It is around 420 Kms from Hyderabad and 140 kms from Nagpur.

The drive from Hyderabad can be made through NH7 (which links to Nagpur) and crisscrossing Warora, Wani and reaching Chandrapur. Or the internal route of SH1 through Karimnagar, Ramagundam, Medcherla, Asifabad, Ballapur to Chandrapur is an alternate route.

TATR has three ranges Moharli, Tadoba and Kolsa – we have visited the earlier two and Kosla is still pending on the list. The accommodation in the little village of Moharli was primarily MTDC (Maharastra Tourism) in the 2007 and now has mushroomed to have a lot many like Saras, Royal Tiger, Tiger Trails etc.

This is the only Tiger Reserve that is open throughout the year i.e. Monsoon season only when the beauty of the forest comes through its lush greenery and the glowing skin of the animals.  The tiger is quite easy to be located during the summer season when they frequent the man-made waterholes. In all my trips I have never missed seeing this beautiful animal, though the leopard has eluded us till date

We have spotted the following animals/reptiles/birds – Tiger(with cubs), Angulates(spotted Deer, sambhar, barking deer, chowsingha, Neel gai), bison, langoors  Jackal, black beer, Monitor lizard, Wild dogs(packs and singles),  wild boar, wide variety of brids (OBS, Lesser adjutant), whistling ducks, lapwings, cormorants, Ibis,  flycatcher, woodpeckers, owls, changeable hawk eagle, serpent eagles, tree pies and finally the Marsh Crocodile found in both the Teliya Dam and Tadoba Lake.

We have always found it fascinating to visit Tadoba Tiger Reserve.

Tigress at Waterhole
Black Bear
Ungulate Family at Tadoba Lake
Indian Roller
Brown Fishing Owl