Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Tiger Trails resort, Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India

Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Tiger Trails Resort 

About Tadoba  

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

http://www.tigertrails.in/

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. 

Trip Abstract

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!

More Photos @ http://www.tripabstract.com/photo-tour/photo-tour-tadoba-andhari-tiger-reserve-and-tiger-trails-resort/

Tips

  • 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.

22 thoughts on “Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Tiger Trails resort, Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India

  • May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am
    Permalink

    I would like to get across my admiration for your kind-heartedness for those individuals that must have help on your area of interest. Your very own dedication to getting the solution all around ended up being pretty practical and has surely helped individuals just like me to get to their targets. Your entire useful publication entails a whole lot a person like me and further more to my mates. Best wishes; from everyone of us.

    Reply
  • May 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks Corinna for your feedback and wishes.

    Reply
  • May 12, 2012 at 5:20 am
    Permalink

    Hello there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this website.

    Reply
  • May 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm
    Permalink

    I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    Reply
  • May 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    Permalink

    Rattling nice style and wonderful subject matter, practically nothing else we need :D.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2012 at 12:08 am
    Permalink

    Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I’m also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

    Reply
  • May 21, 2012 at 10:04 am
    Permalink

    There’s certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I love all of the points you have made.

    Reply
  • May 21, 2012 at 10:55 am
    Permalink

    I’ve recently started a website, the information you provide on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. “So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” by William Shakespeare.

    Reply
  • May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    Permalink

    That is the proper weblog for anybody who wants to seek out out about this topic. You realize so much its almost onerous to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply nice!

    Reply
  • May 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks All for your feed back!!! It will certainly motivate me to keep providing you all more blogs with similar quality. Thanks a lot.

    Reply
  • May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Permalink

    Great work! That is the type of information that are supposed to be shared around the net. Disgrace on Google for not positioning this post upper! Come on over and visit my site . Thank you =)

    Reply
  • May 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Permalink

    I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

    Reply
    • May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm
      Permalink

      Sure, Next time onward I will try to add more details about the tour. Thanks for providing feedback.

      Reply
  • May 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    Permalink

    I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thanks , I¡¦ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your website?

    Reply
  • May 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    Permalink

    Wonderful article! We will be linking to this great content on our site. Keep up the great writing.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    Permalink

    I am typically to blogging and i actually admire your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your web site and hold checking for brand new information.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    Permalink

    I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i am satisfied to express that I have a very just right uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make sure to don’t overlook this website and provides it a glance regularly.

    Reply
  • May 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    Permalink

    I like what you guys are up too. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my website :).

    Reply
  • September 3, 2012 at 3:39 am
    Permalink

    Fantastic website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get responses from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Appreciate it!

    Reply
    • October 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm
      Permalink

      Hi,
      You can check tripadvisor.com where you can find forums specific to location.
      Thanks,
      TripAbstract.com

      Reply
  • Pingback: You sir, are awesome!

Leave a Reply