Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

It is my opinion that any visit to your family house is not a holiday. There are always so many things to do and so many people to see that there is hardly any time left to rest and relax. I tend to come back more tired from such "holidays" than I was before them... Therefore, I usually try to find at least 2-3 days to visit a new place nearby my hometown, so that I can get a few days of rest as well.

During our recent trip to India we manged to find 2 days to go to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. To be precise, we were away from home for 40h during which we drove 980km! If you had ever traveled in India, you know how big achievement that is.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in India to see tigers. However, only in the park we learned that the best month to see them is May. It is the hottest month, so tigers come out looking for water. We were told that in that month daily sightings of tigers are a common. During other months tigers are apparently only seen on average 2-3 times a week (which means that if you spent 3 days in the park you would have a fair chance of seeing them).

We visited the park in March and, sadly, we did not see any tigers. Still, we enjoyed our visit to Tadoba Reserve immensely. To find such peaceful and serene place in the middle of the world's second most populous country felt like finding a hidden treasure. Tigers, no tigers, I would definitely recommend visit to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve to anybody who wants to escape from mess and overpopulation of Indian cities. As you can see in the photos below, there were plenty of other animals to keep us busy and entertained.

Practical info:
If you care only about tigers, you should visit the park in May. If you choose to do so, you need to book your safari tour at least 2-3 weeks in advance (email me if you want a contact there that can help you with it) as there is a limit on how many cars can enter the park per day. Similarly, if you want to visit the park on weekend during other time of the year, it might be also advisable to book your tour in advance.

The park can be entered in a regular car, but you will see much more if you choose to rent a 4WD (you can do it directly in the park; you can also contact me if you want me to connect you with one of the drivers with jeeps that work there).

The photos below should give you a good idea of the park and animals that can be encountered there.

Sadly, the first bigger animal that we saw in the park was a dead baby sloth bear:

The park is surrounded by marshy area that is inhabited by many birds:

Entrance to the park:

"Animals have rights of way" :)

Elephant on the road:


Another funny road sign:



A bird that looks like a stone:

More deer:

More monkeys:

An eagle-hawk:

Caught in action:

Monkey baby and its mama:

Lesser Egyptian Stork:


Two egrets fighting above a crocodile:

A little monkey is learning to climb:

Monkey love:


Two crocodiles:

A wild pig: