Located on the edge of Tadoba Reserve – home to tiger, sloth bear, dhole and leopard – is the luxurious, traditionally-furnished Bamboo Forest Lodge. With 19 villas dotted along the shores of the Maasal Lake, the grounds boast unrivalled birdwatching and excellent photographic opportunities.
Together with around 60 tigers, Tadoba Andhari is home to rare Indian wildlife such as leopard, sloth bear, gaur, wild dog, hyena, together with some species of Indian deer including sambar, cheetal, nilgai and muntjac (barking deer).
Maharashtra's largest and oldest national park was created in 1955, and is one of India’s 50 Project Tiger reserves. The Tadoba lake sustains the marsh crocodile, which were once common all over Maharashtra. The area is also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of aquatic birdlife and raptors.
An undisturbed forest, the park is not visited by many tourists and consequently, once a carnivore is sighted, either on drives, or from machans, you can spend undisturbed hours observing it.
The park is 623 square kilometres in area, consisting of two forested rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari range. Thickly clad hills form the north and western boundary, and to the southwest is a huge lake, which acts as a buffer in between the park forest and the extensive farmland extending right up to the Irai Lake.
On passing through the entrance gate at Mohurli, you are instantly transported into one of the last remnants of the great swathe of forest that once lay west to east across central India. A mosaic of forested hills, glistening lakes and open grasslands, the park is simplistic in its beauty and provides a home to one of central India’s healthier tiger populations (estimated at around 60 individuals). The park is also home to a diversity of other key species, like chital (spotted deer), sambar, wild boar, gaur, nilgai, leopard and wild dog.
- Ideal for viewing: tiger, wild dog, sloth bear, marsh crocodile, muntjac
- Where: Maharashtra State, India
Located barely 270 metres from the Kolara gate at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in north eastern Maharashtra, the luxurious Svasara Lodge promotes sustainable eco-tourism and conservation, as well as offering guests a luxurious base from which to engage in the jungle experience.