Known as the oldest national park in Maharashtra, Tadoba National Park is situated in the Chandrapur district. It is a part of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, making it the largest national park in Maharashtra. The beautiful landscape includes hillocks and terrains, dense forest areas, smooth meadows, and deep valleys. If you are planning a wildlife holiday, we have shortlisted some of the best lodges and resorts in Tadoba for you. By Karan Kaushik
10 jungle resorts and lodges in Tadoba for your next wildlife adventure
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Nestled on the periphery of the tiger reserve, this laidback resort offers 20 charming cottages. The cottages have been planned around the existing vegetation and seamlessly blend with the surroundings. Each cottage comes with a private wade pool and a private sit-out veranda. Their open to air shower areas outside every cottage let you refresh amidst the sounds of bird songs. The cottages are a perfect mix of modern and traditional and have been made using local materials. The resort also provides cycles so that you may explore the property at your own sweet pace. Every cottage here is cordoned off from the resort by an earth wall of green, ensuring privacy for guests.
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Located right outside the Navegaon Gate of Tadoba, this property features 22 beautifully-designed jungle cottages with contemporary interiors. Every cottage has a private courtyard with a veranda. The air-conditioned cottages are well equipped with Wi-Fi, a tea and coffee maker and receive 24X7 hot running water. The resort also features an activity room, a green gym, a library, and a children’s play area. The in-house restaurant serves delicious meals prepared using organic veggies and seasonal fruits. There’s a swimming pool too. They also conduct guided nature walks and birdwatching trips with trained naturalists.
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One of the most popular lodges in Tadoba, Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge offers bungalows, villas, and chalets. Each bungalow comes with a two-bedroom luxury suite and a spacious living room. The elegantly designed bungalows are perfect for families and feature beautiful sit-outs and private gazebos that overlook a lake. The property has 13 villas, of which nine are lake-sided, and four offer garden views. They also have nine chalets, which feature an anti-room, a spacious bedroom, a washroom, and a lake-facing balcony. Pamper yourself after the jungle safari at the Taruveda Spa at the lodge. There’s a nature shop too that sells lifestyle products and handicrafts.
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Camp Serai Tiger is located at a distance of 5km from the Moharli Gate of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. They offer 11 air-conditioned cottages with attached washrooms. They have additional dormitories too that can easily accommodate school students and large groups. Surrounded by gorgeous streams and tranquil lakes, the resort lies on the edge of the forest. Meals at Camp Serai Tiger are special. They do nice buffets with a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. They don’t serve liquor. Paid pick up and drop can be arranged on request.
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Svasara Resort redefines back-in-nature hospitality with its excellent service. Their rooms are light and airy, and the food is superb. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful too. They also have a team of guides and naturalists who love to share their comprehensive knowledge of Tadoba’s natural history. They provide Wi-Fi in the main lounge and dining area but not in the individual rooms. They also have a spa and a large in-ground pool with a wading pool for kids. What makes the team at Svasara stand apart is their advocacy for culture and sustainable tourism and gastronomy. They grow their organic herbs and seasonal veggies and offer a taste of authentic cuisine of the Vidarbha region to their guests.
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Tadoba Jungle Camp is conveniently located near the Mohrali Gate of Tadoba National Park. They are focused on conservation, sustainability, and local communities. Tucked into 10 acres of reforested land, the resort offers mesmerizing views of Irai Lake. Their team of experienced naturalists will pack you off with hearty picnic breakfast for the morning safari and delight you with high tea after game drives at night. They provide telescopes for stargazing. The rustic camp features twelve luxury safari cottages. These have been built using indigenous materials. The resort has a traditional dining room with sumptuous buffets. They also arrange bonfires and special evening meals under the sky and candlelight poolside dinners.
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If you are looking forward to a rural and rustic experience, look no further than Irai Safari Retreat. Take your kids along and introduce them to the charms of slow village life and the sheer thrill involved with wildlife spotting. The property is located at a kissing distance from the stunning Irai Lake. The closest gate of the tiger reserve from the property is the Moharli Gate. Their luxury jungle tents are big enough to easily accommodate three adults and come with attached balconies. Food is something most regulars at the resort look forward to. The property also features a well-equipped library and a playing room. Activities such as gym, outdoor and indoor games are also available.
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The Pugmark has two main categories of rooms. There are the luxury rooms, which feature villas and cottages, and there are eco rooms, which come with eco-cottages. There are 4-bedded eco-cottages too. The property is nestled along the banks of the Irai Lake and overlooks the heart of the national park. All rooms here are chic and spacious and embellished with jungle-themed furniture. An outdoor shower facility is available. The common dining area offers stunning views of the lake along with superlative meals. They serve regional delicacies prepared with the finest of local ingredients. The interpretive library at the resort houses a great collection of wildlife magazines. There’s a kids’ play area too. The property also features a watchtower.
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This simple and reasonably-priced property is located a short distance from the Kolara gate of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. They offer clean and comfy rooms, impeccable service, and incredible food. The property boasts six deluxe standard air-conditioned rooms that come with all modern amenities needed for a luxurious stay. Every room has a private courtyard entrance with veranda seating. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature luxury beds, LCD television, and private bathrooms. The multi-cuisine restaurant at the resort dishes out lip-smacking Maharashtrian delicacies along with the usual north Indian fare.
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This resort-cum-farm house near the Moharli Gate of the national park offers five comfortable rooms and a multi-cuisine restaurant. Sequestered in the dense forests of Tadoba, the property offers a 360-degree view of the tiger reserve. The rooms here are air-conditioned, spacious, and replete with rustic charm. The property has four premium individual cottages which overlook the forest and come with private sit-outs. There are four deluxe air-conditioned rooms and two dormitories apart from the individual cottages. You would love to stay in their earthen cottages which have been constructed using mud and grass.
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