Situated in the core of a reserved forest and spread in the area of 1727 sq. km, Tadoba National Park lies in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra (India). One of the largest and oldest national park, which has endless treasure trove of large number of species of trees & plants and wildlife like panthers, tigers, hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, bison, sambar, herd of deer to name a few.
The word ‘Tadoba’ is the name of the God “Tadoba” or “Taru”, praised by the tribal people who live in the dense forests of the Tadoba and Andhari region, whereas “Andhari” is derived from name of Andhari River that flows in this area.
According to mythology, Taru was a village head who was killed in encounter with a tiger. The shrine dedicated to God Taru, is located on the banks of the Tadoba Lake.
Tadoba is often referred to as The Jewel of Vidharba, the reserve was overlooked and unappreciated until very recently – but visionary management and better protection now ensures it sits amongst the best parks in India for wildlife viewing, with recognised tigers and tigresses and their playful cubs residing around picturesque lakes like Tadoba and Telia and the waterhole and meadows of Panderpuni , Khatoda and Jamunjhora. Recent village relocation programmes are opening up new areas and new habitats for tigers and the greater area now contains over 100 individuals.
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