Location: Vidarbha Region,
Main Attraction: The Melghat Tiger Project
Named After: Keechaka
Best Time To Visit: October To June
Sanctuary is located in Amaravati district of Vidarbha region. The
only hill station in the Vidarbha region offers one an abundance of
wildlife, viewpoints, lakes and waterfalls. This sanctuary is named
after "Keechaka". This is the place where Bhima killed Keechaka and
threw him into the valley. It thus came to be known as "Keechakadara"
and Chikhaldara is its corruption. This is the only coffee growing
area in Maharashtra.
Tourists can find Panthers,
Sloth Bears, Sambar, and Wild Boar.
can even spot Wild Dogs over here. Close by is the famous Melghat
Tiger Project in Dhakana-Kolkaz National Park, a natural habitat
centre for about 82 tigers.
Tourists can enjoy the
panoramic view of this hill resort from Hurricane Point, Prospect
Point, and Devi Point
.NEAR BY ATTRACTIONS
ther interesting excursions
include Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens,
the Tribal Museum and the Semadoh Lake located near the sanctuary.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TO
Chikaldhara's cool breezy
climate makes it an excellent place to repose in summer and the best
time to eaxploreit is in between the months from October to June.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is
Akola, which is 150-km from the sanctuary.
Rail: Nearest railway
station from the sanctuary is Badnera at 110-km on the Central Railway
Road: Nearest bus depot is
Amravati, which is 100-km from the sanctury. Regular State Transport
buses connect Chikhaldara to Amravati, Nagpur, Wardha, Akola and other
cities major cities of the state.