Maharashtra

5 Tiger Reserves | Total Area: 7193 Sq. Km.

Melghat Tiger Reserve

Melghat was declared a tiger reserve and was among the first nine tiger reserves notified in 1973-74 under the Project Tiger. It is located in northern part of Amravati District of Maharashtra State in India. The Tapti River and the Gawilgadh ridge of the Satpura Range form the boundaries of the reserve. In 1985 Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary was created. The Tapi river flows through the northern end of the Melghat Tiger Reserve, through a forest which lies within the catchment area of the river system. Many different kinds of wildlife, both flora and fauna, are found here. Gugamal National Park, which forms the core area of the reserve, has an area of 361.28 km2. carved out in 1987. There are 61 villages in the reserve, all outside the core area. 22 are in the buffer zone and 39 in the Multiple Use Area (MUA). Human population in the buffer zone and MUA is 11024 and 15642, respectively, as per 1994 census.

Core Area: 1500 Sq. Km.

Buffer Area: 1268 Sq. Km.

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Best time to visit: NA

Tiger Status: 39 (2010 Census)

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

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Where to Stay

TBD

Pench National Park

Pench National Park or Tiger Reserve is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and the only one to straddle across two states - Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Ordinarily, the reference to Pench is mostly always to the tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh(M.P). The portion of the reserve that is in Madhya Pradesh is nestled in the southern slopes of the Satpura range of Central India. Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Pench Mowgli Sanctuary and a buffer. It derives its name from its life line-the River Pench. Inside the park, the river flows from North to South before going on to join the Kanhan River, while splitting the Park into two, and forming the boundary of Seoni District and Chhindwara District districts of Madhya Pradesh. The Meghdoot dam built across Pench River at Totladoh has created a large water body of 72 km2 out of which 54 km2 falls in M.P. and rest in the adjoining state of Maharashtra. The Pench River which emerges from Mahadeo Hills of Satpuda Ranges and the various nallas and streams which drain into it, all flow through the forests of Protected Area. The Satpuda ranges which bear the forests of the Protected Area act as an excellent watershed area for the Totladoh as well as lower Pench Reservoirs. On the Madhya Pradesh side, the Pench Tiger Reserve encompasses a core area of 411.33 km2, with a buffer of 768.3 km2., making for a total protected area of 1179.63 km2.The core area includes the Mowgli Pench Wildlife Sanctuary whose area is 118.30 km2. The Buffer Zone is constituted by Reserve Forests, Protected Forests and Revenue land Located south of the tiger reserve area in Madhya Pradesh, is the Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra. On the Maharashtra side, the Pench Tiger Reserve has a core habitat area of 257.3 km2 along with a buffer/peripheral area of 483.96 km2. of the Mansinghdeo Sanctuary, making for a total protected area 741.2 km2.[2] Spanning over a total protected region of over 1920 km2., both these tiger reserves are included in the Level 1, 13,223 km2 (5,105 sq mi) Tiger Conservation Unit – 31 (Kanha-Pench TCU). As per many experts, this area is considered as one of the most prime and critical tiger habitat remaining in central India. As of May 2017, the number of tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve has increased up to 44 as compared to 31 in 2016. From this numbered estimate, 22 are males and 22 are females. This estimate does not include the number of cubs present, which are assumed to be about 7 - 8. The estimation was conducted jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) and Pench Tiger Foundation, spread over 21 days in January 2017.

Core Area: 257 Sq. Km.

Buffer Area: 483 Sq. Km.

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Best time to visit: NA

Tiger Status: 21 (2012 Census)

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

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Where to Stay

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in central India. It is notable as Maharashtra's oldest and largest national park. It is one of India's 50 "Project Tiger" - tiger reserves. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve was established as second Tiger Reserve in the Maharashtra State, in 1994-95. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve area constitutes a unique ecosystem, comprising, wide variety of flora and fauna including diverse and rich avi-fauna with unique natural scenic beauty. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is a popular tourist destination in India. There is significant increase in tourist’s inflow during the recent years.

Core Area: 625 Sq. Km.

Buffer Area: 1101 Sq. Km.

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Best time to visit: NA

Tiger Status: 74 (2010 Census)

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

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Where to Stay

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Sahyadri Tiger Reserve

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is a reserve in the state of Maharashtra. It was created by the Indian government in 2008.The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is located in the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, and is a part of the ecoregions of North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests and North Western Ghats montane rain forests. These ranges form a common boundary between Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa, and constitute rich evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. The area is spread over 4 districts, namely Satara (Mahabaleshwar, Medha, Satara and Patan tahasils), Sangli (Shirala tahasil), Kolhapur (Shauwadi tahasil) and Ratnagiri (Sangameshwar, Chiplun and Khed tahasils). These areas constitute rich evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. It is the first tiger reserve of western maharashtra and 4th tiger reserve of maharashtra state spreading over two protected areas those of the koyana sanctuary and chandoli national park of 741.22 sq. kms. and adjoining area in the landscape 424.34 sq. kms. total of 1165.56 sq. kms. The area is spread over 4 districts namely, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri.

Core Area: 600 Sq. Km.

Buffer Area: 565 Sq. Km.

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Best time to visit: NA

Tiger Status: 7 (2010 Census)

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

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Where to Stay

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Nagzira Navegaon National Park

Nagzira Navegaon National Park is a national park located in the Gondia district of Maharashtra, India. Navegaon, a popular forest resort in the Vidarbha region, the easternmost part of Maharashtra, was built in the 18th century. The picturesque lake set amidst lush green hills at Navegaon, has a watch-tower beside it. One can get a bird's eye view of the surrounding forest and marvel at the exciting wildlife from the watch-tower which consists of a deer park, Dr. Salem bird sanctuary, and three exotic gardens. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Navegaon is home to almost 60% of the bird species found in entire Maharashtra. Every winter, flocks of beautiful migratory birds visit the lake—a rare treat for the eyes. The national park has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to moist forest. The forest type is 5 A/C3. Southern tropical dry deciduous forest.

Core Area: 654 Sq. Km.

Buffer Area: NA

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Best time to visit: April and May

Tiger Status: NA

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

Nagpur (160KM)

Where to Stay

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Bor Tiger Reserve

Bor Tiger Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary which was declared as a tiger reserve in July 2014. It is located near Hingani in Wardha District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a home to a variety of wild animals. The reserve covers an area of 138.12 km2 (53.33 sq mi). which includes the drainage basin of the Bor Dam. It is notable that Bor Tiger Reserve and some adjacent protected areas will be merged with Pench Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra) as a 'Satellite core area', to more than double the area of that well established tiger reserve. Bor Tiger Reserve is centrally located among several other Bengal tiger habitats including: Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, 90 km2 (35 sq mi) to the northeast; Nagzira Navegaon Tiger Reserve, 125 km2 (48 sq mi) to the east northeast; Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, 75 km2 (29 sq mi) to the east southeast; Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve, 85 km2 (33 sq mi) to the southeast; Melghat Tiger Reserve, 140 km2 (54 sq mi) to the west northwest and Satpura National Park and Tiger Reserve,160 km2 (62 sq mi) to the northwest. In April, 2012, the Maharashtra state government issued a notification adding 60 km2 (23 sq mi) to the old 61.1 km2 (23.6 sq mi) area of Bor Sanctuary. The new Core Zone of 115.92 km2 (44.76 sq mi) is the most protected and inviolate part of the sanctuary where the public is not allowed. It comprises 95.7% of the total area. Most of the core area is contiguous with good forest of Wardha Forest Division and Nagpur Forest Division. See Map of Bor Wildlife Sanctuary. The Eco-tourism Zone of 5.21 km2 (2.01 sq mi) designated for public access for nature and wildlife tourism comprises 4.3% of the total sanctuary area. The purpose of the tourism zone is to educate the public about the significance of nature and wildlife conservation and to stimulate their environmental awareness. The Buffer Zone is less protected forest area near the sanctuary that serves as a protective barrier for the core area. The Bor Tiger Reserve is physically divided by the Bor Reservoir into 2 sections, previously; 2/3 (40 km2 (15 sq mi)), as the west part and 1/3, (21 km2 (8.1 sq mi)), as the eastern part. 95% of the western part is in Wardha district and 90% of the eastern part is in Nagpur district. The Bor Reservoir area is about 7.25 km2 (2.80 sq mi) and is not included in the total sanctuary area.

Core Area: NA

Buffer Area: NA

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Tiger Status: NA

Likelihood of spotting Tiger: NA

Closest Airport

Nagpur (60KM)

Where to Stay

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