Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Tiger Trails Resort
Tadoba National Park is located in Chandrapur district, in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra.
Best time to visit: February to May. My personal opinion is always plan a jungle safari when mercury is at peak. This increases the probability of sighting animals reason being animals would be close to water body most of the time and visibility will be more due to less bushes.
Tiger Trails Resort
After a long research we zeroed on to Tiger Trails and never regretted. The resort is very close to Khutwanda Gate. Unlike other Hotels/Resort this place gives feeling of staying inside the forest with no compromise on safety. This place is pretty clean, good in hospitality and close to nature. They are good in Food/bed quality/hygiene.
Route and Distance from Hyderabad
Hyderabad->Nirmal->Adilabad->Karanji->Wani->Warora->Shegaon->Khutwanda->Tiger Trails Resort
Approx. 480 kms. Out of 480 km initial ~360 km is 4 lane where easily you can drive @100-120 kmph while last 120 km is double lane road with no divider and some pot holes too where getting 50-60 kmph is good target.
Approx. travel time from above: 7-8 hrs considering one break.
We hired a Tempo Traveller considering the distance and number of people travelling. The journey started at 5:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The driver was driving too slow (~70kmph) due to which it took us ten hours to reach the Tiger Trails resort with a break of half an hour. Since we had carried breakfast and snacks morning was comfortable. After ‘Shegaon’ there are no sign boards which made it bit difficult for us to reach the resort. The mobile and GPS will stop working beyond this point. Even though we had map and route details with us, we had to ask the localites few times for the direction. Finally we reached the resort by 4 p.m. The resort staffs were caring enough to serve us with a welcome drink, wet napkins and delicious lunch even though we were late.
The resort is a small campus with 11 independent rooms. The main building has the restaurant, four rooms and a sit out. There are 2 cottages which have 3 and 4 rooms respectively with balconies. The rooms were spacious with dressing area and clean bathrooms with all amenities. They have scope of improvement in bathroom fittings like flush which got stuck multiple times.
The jungle has 3 zones: Tadoba (which is largest), Moharli and Kolsa.
All hotels in Tadoba generally arrange jungle safari which includes vehicle and guide.
Forest department takes booking of safari approx. 4 weeks in advance so it is advisable to make hotel booking as early as possible.
First Safari: Moharli zone
The morning jungle safari was scheduled for 5:30 a.m. The forest gate opens at 5:45 a.m. and is very close by to Tiger Trails Gate.
We moved towards Moharli expecting to spot some tigers and sloth bears. After an hour or so we reached a water point where animals were expected to come to quench their thirst. The morning was dry and hot. After 20 minutes wait we spotted a cub. And then there was this entire family which comprised of 4 cubs of age 7 months and the parents (total six!!!!!). The male tiger of age 10 years was oldest and biggest tiger in Tadoba forest.
The cubs were playing around in the water whilst the male tiger sat in the water watchful. The view was worth a visit to this place!
Other animals we spotted were Sambar, spotted deer’s, barking deer, Baboons, birds like Kingfisher and many more. Moharli zone is rich in tigers, baboons, sloth bears , deer’s and Sambars. This zone has a big pond close to Moharli gate.
The tour ended by 10 a.m. Every time we came back to resort, staff would serve us with lemon water and wet napkin.
Second Safari: Tadoba zone
Even though the afternoon was hot, we decided to go for another safari by 3:30 p.m. The last entry to the jungle is at 4:15 p.m. and gates close by 6:30 p.m.
We moved towards Tadoba this time. There is a huge lake in this area which is home to 110 crocodiles. We did spot different varieties of water birds, eagles, kingfisher and deer’s by the lake side. Tadoba zone is rich in birds, wild boars, deer’s, bison and sloth bears.
The guide took us to a water point which was home to 3 cubs and a female tiger. There was herd of deer’s drinking water. We did spot a tiger sitting in the bushes but even after a long wait it did not come by the pond side.
The dinner was special with some delicious tribal food cooked for the guests.
The weather suddenly took a turn and it rained giving some cooling respite from the heat.
Third Safari: Tadoba zone
The next morning we went for the final jungle safari of our trip even though we were apprehensive that chances of spotting a tiger would be less because of rain and the heat waves going down. The weather was cool and pleasant after the shower.
The first animal we spotted was a sloth bear (which was bit far) and some beautiful peacocks. There was a beautiful pair of Sambar which did pose for some clicks!
Wild boars and Bison were sighted as well in this safari. We got excited after spotting fresh pug marks and followed them towards water body but tigers did not show up at the pond side even after a long wait. Disappointed!
The trip was fruitful where we managed to spot so many animals in their natural habitat.
After a heavy breakfast, started back for Hyderabad.
I will highly recommend visiting Tadoba to all wild life lovers!
- Best season to sight tiger is during peak summer
- If you are planning to go for safari in the afternoon, do carry clothes to cover your face as the sun is really scorching during day time in the summers
- Carry caps, sun screen lotions, water during the trip
- If you are travelling from Hyderabad by road, then carry food/snacks as there are very few eateries in this route
- Book the hotel at least a month in advance
- If you are hiring a cab/bus for travelling, ensure that rate/km, driver allowance are taken in written which we missed, hence caused us to pay more than committed by the transport operator.