The Tadoba National Park is spread over a 623 square kilometer area located in the Chandrapur
District of Maharashtra
. It is 100 kilometers to the south of Nagpur
City and 45 kilometers to the north of Chandrapur Town. The Park is named after Tadoba, who was a valiant Village Chief and died fighting off a Tiger.
Thickly clad hills mark the northern and western boundaries of this preserve which has a huge Tadoba Lake
offering a perfect habitat for crocodiles on the western side. The Tadoba-Andhari preserve contain the Chimur
Hills, Moharli and Kolsa
Ranges with undisturbed forests that have not been frequented by tourists so far.
Home to over 1000 species of plants, the vegetation of the Tadoba National Park consists of mixed teak of the southern tropical Dry Deciduous Forest. Over 28 species of mammals which includes 45 Tigers, 181 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians and a large variety of fishes and insects have been recorded in the Park. Animals often sighted within the Park are Leopards, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Nilgai, Wild Dog, Hyena, Civet, Jungle Cat, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, Migratory Ducks and Marsh Crocodiles.
The International Airport at Nagpur City is the closest at a distance of 91 kilometers from the Park. Chandrapur is the nearest town and an important Rail-Head, and which is conveniently connected with all important places within the state and outside through a good roadways network. This Park is open throughout the year for visitors, although hot summer is the best time to be here.