Head Into The Wild

We all know that the outbreak of coronavirus have had an unprecedented impact on the Indian tourism industry impacting all its geographical segments and all tourism verticals – leisure, adventure, heritage, corporate, MICE, cruise, and niche segments. Which is why it’s although more important for people to travel within the country to help cope with the tourism industry post the pandemic.

So if you’re the kind who’d prefer to be in the lap of nature, amidst the wilderness, in the company of some wild animals, then here’s your chance to learn about this picture-perfect spot right within India! Not everyone likes to spend their holidays in a place where there’s loud music, hordes of people, and a plethora of sights and attractions. Some of us actually prefer the sounds of nature and the picturesque surroundings of a lush forest. This week, why you should visit Tadoba, complete with tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable. So go ahead and get cracking!

Tips to Keep in Mind on a Jungle Safari

  • If possible, select a forest or national park near your home that’s naturally beautiful and is known for good animal sighting.
  • To avoid any last-minute inconvenience, book your safari tickets online in advance.
  • Book your adventure well in advance and, ideally, stay in an eco-friendly resort, one that conveys the experience of living in the jungle.
  • Do not wear anything bright that can frighten the animals. Instead, wear clothes in camouflaging colours. Olive green, brown, and khaki are safe choices.
  • Carry a good camera so that you can capture the moment, but don’t get overexcited in the process and miss seeing the actual scene live. Do not use flash photography; it may scare away or even irritate the animals.
  • Binoculars are very helpful to sight animals at a distance in the wilderness.
  • Follow the instructions of the naturalist and guide who accompany you, and do not get out of the jeep unless instructed.
  • Avoid wearing or carrying anything flashy.
  • Do not smoke or litter while in the forest. Help keep it clean.
  • Before you set out on the journey, do some research about the forest and animals, so you’re prepared what to expect.

Now that we’ve covered some of the dos and don’ts take a look at some of the country’s best options for jungle trips

One of the 49 tiger reserves in India, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) was established in 1995 by merging Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. One of Maharashtra’s largest national parks, TATR is home to approximately 70 or more tigers. The forest sprawls over an area of 1,728 square kilometres and is divided into the buffer and core zones.

The reserve gets its name from God Tadoba or Taru, who is revered by the tribal people of the forest, and for the river Andhari, which snakes through these dense forests. The forest has ample water bodies that provide fresh water for the animals, including the picturesque Tadoba Lake, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, and Junoria Lake, along with some other smaller water bodies.

A dry deciduous forest, it is home to a wide species of fauna, including the famous Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, wild dogs, bison, sloth bear, Indian gaur, jungle cat, sambar deer, barking deer, Indian python, monitor lizard, marsh crocodiles, giant wood spider, and more. Your tour through the forest is likely to be punctuated by the call of a deer or langur.

Tadoba is considered as one of those wildlife parks where the chances of sighting a tiger is as high as 98%. And you may also be lucky enough to spot a sloth bear, a leopard, or even wild dogs—all of which are rarer to sight than the tiger itself. Be alert, stay quiet, and keep your cameras ready for you never know when you might spot a wild animal!

How to get there?
By road: 40 km from Chandrapur, 180 km from Nagpur, and 70 km from Umred

Nearest airport
Nagpur (150 km)

Best time to visit
October to June

Places to stay
V Resorts MahuaTola, Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge,
Tadoba Tiger Kind Resort, Svasara Jungle Lodge,
The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge        – Niharika   and Pics: Kola Venkateswarlu; Mohan Naturalist;