Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve


TigerTrails, a colonial style forest lodge which is situated in a small  forested valley, along the thickly clad hills of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve which is in the heart of the best game viewing area of Tadoba.



Along this western boundary of the Park, the Tadoba hills contours, to form the Chichghat valley where the TigerTrails Jungle Lodge Estate is located.



It is ringed on three sides by the Park forest and is adjacent to the Khutwanda gate, an exclusive entry point into Tadoba. To the south is the Irai lake, approx. 20 kms in length and forming the southwestern boundary of the Tiger Reserve.



The estate forest has numerous waterholes, which have observation machans overlooking them, provided to guests for undisturbed wildlife viewing. Since the forest starts from a few feet away, Tiger calls come creeping close. TigerTrails is a wild get-away, deep inside tiger country, where only a stripped shadow will prowl outside your window.  In the adjoining Tadoba Tiger Reserve forest containing parts of Tadoba and Mohurli range, the lodge initiated wildlife protection and conservation activities among the tribals and has shown remarkable results.  From 2 tigers being sighted 30 years ago; today more than 20 tiger sightings occur everyday in this patch of forest.  This is primarily due to stabilization in the prey and carnivore population.  Below attached shows a photo of  on of the Tigress coming for a drink to the Tiger Trails Estate Waterhole taken in May 2012.



The area is untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning guest the guarantee of privacy, as well as lovely walks and hiking trails around the lodge. While most parks have a reputation of being over crowded with lodges, we have no neighboring lodges or highways.


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Rooms

The main water source at Chichghat is the Tadoba rivulet, which cascades down the rocky hills to the north of the valley, flows through the camp and onwards to the Irai lake. The Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Tadoba rivulet overlooking several waterholes and grasslands which are teeming with birdlife and wildlife. One can also view Honey Badgers, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Civet cats and a host of other nocturnal mammals from the rooms overlooking the grasslands. All rooms have views of these grasslands and waterholes and have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. All bedrooms have air conditioners and 100 percent power back up for the erratic electric supply. The lodge is a rustic yet deluxe experience.

Meals

The food is simple home cooked Indian cuisine, using freshly procured vegetables and mainly Indian slightly modified to suit all tastes. All meals, snacks, variety of teas and fresh coffee are included in price.

Facilities

Guests activities include Birding, trekking, machan sit-ups, and tiger tracking on foot along with an opportunity to take POP casts of pugmarks. Bar-b-ques and camp fires are arranged in the lodge courtyard, where, guests can sit around, and listen to animal calls till late in the night. Since the forest starts from a few feet away, Tiger calls come creeping close. Enjoy a classic safari ‘sundowner’ cocktails or breakfast in the bush. Traditional ‘Gond Adiwasi (Local Tribals) dinner’ around a campfire with Gond folk dance, Bhajan and Kirtan, celebrating the arrival of the harvest season. Game drives daily, with professional, dedicated wilderness guides.

Activities

Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our experienced trackers for the true thrill of the Indian Jungle. Down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Tadoba Forest. Our walking safaris take place in the TigerTrails Estate adjacent to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Just outside the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a traditional tribal community called Gonds. There is a traditional Gond homestead which consists of traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure. We encourage clients to visit the Gond Village of Khutwanda if they are interested in tribal culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries. Also available are Jeep safaris, Walking Safaris, Elephant Safaris, Boat & Canoe trips, Bike tours and Cookery classes.

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