Location: Amaravati District Of Vidarbha Region, Maharashtra
Special Attraction: Melghat Tiger Project And Dhakana - Kolkaz National Park
Significance:Only Coffee Growing Area In Maharashtra And Sole Hill Resort In The Vidarbha Region.
Best Time To Visit: October To June.
Splendours In Isolation Chikhaldara is located in Amaravati district of Vidarbha region. The only hill station in the Vidarbha region offers you an abundance of wildlife, viewpoints, lakes and waterfalls. It is named after "Keechaka". This is the place where Bheema killed villainous Keechaka and threw him into the valley. It thus came to be known as "Keechakadara" - "Chikhaldara" is its corruption.
Chikhaldara is the sole hill resort in the Vidarbha region, situated at an altitude of 1,118 m and has the added distinction of being the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra. Chikhaldara is full of deep valleys, and these valleys are full of velvet mist and majestic trees. All this makes it a very popular summer retreat. With abundance of natural scenery, exciting wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and a placid lake, the beauty of Chikhaldara is overwhelming. The climate is always breezy and walking on the clouds often becomes a reality.
Melghat Tiger Project & The Dhakana-Kolkaz National Park
Chikhaldara is also known for its Melghat Tiger Project and the Dhakana-Kolkaz National Park. It abounds abundant of wildlife. Tourists can find Panthers, Sloth Bears, Sambar, Wild Boar, and even the rarely seen wild dogs. Tourists can also enjoy the panoramic view of this hill resort from Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, and Devi Point.
Other interesting excursions include Gawilgad and Narnala fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, the Tribal Museum and the Semadoh Lake.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Chikaldhara's cool breezy climate makes it an excellent place to repose in summer. Best Time To Visit to visit is from October to June.
HOW TO GET THERE
763-km from Mumbai by road, Sitatedu in Vidharbha region closest to Badnera (18km away) railway station is Chikaldhara, known for its scenic beauty and the Dhakna-Kolkaz National Park and Melghat Tiger Project (in close vicinity).
Air: Nearest airport is Akola 150-km.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Badnera at 110-km on the Central Railway branch line.
Road: Nearest bus depot is Amravathi 100-km. Regular State Transport buses connect Chikhaldara to Amravati, Nagpur, Wardha, Akola and other cities of the state.