About Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara is a hill station and a municipal council in Amravati district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Featured in the epic of the Mahabharata, this is the place where Bheema killed the villainous Keechaka in a herculean bout and then threw him into the valley. It thus came to be known as Keechakadara—Chikhaldara is its corruption. The sole hill resort in the Vidarbha region, it is situated at an altitude of 1118 m with highest vairat point 1188m and has the added dimension of being the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra. Chikhaldara has an annual rainfall of 154cm. Temperatures vary from 39C in summer to 5C in winter. The best months to visit are from October to June.

Place to must visit in Chikhaldara


Places to Visit in Chikhaldara

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Distance: 5.3 kms

Panchbol Point

Panchbol Point is a famous tourist spot in Chikhaldara that lies close to the Bir Lake. The main speciality of this point is that when someone shouts here, the sound is reflected back and heard five times. Hence, this place is named as the Five Echo Point or Panchbol Point. This area is mainly a deep valley formed by four mountains, along with waterfalls.

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Distance: 2.3 kms

Bhimkund-Kichakdara

Bhimkund-Kichakdara holds mythological significance that attracts tourists, especially Hindu pilgrims year-round. This is the place, where Bhima killed Kichaka and threw his body into the valley, named Kichakdara. Bhimkund is the place, where Bhima took bath after killing Kichaka. Bhimkund is located 2 km south of the Alladhoh village in Chikhaldara, on the route to Paratwada. It is about 3,500 ft deep and is well-known for the nearby waterfalls and cascades.

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Wan Sanctuary

Wan Sanctuary is mainly an extension of the Melghat Tiger Reserve. This sanctuary also comes under the Amravati District in the state of Maharashtra and is well-known for its dense and dry deciduous forests. The Wan Sanctuary is inhabited by different species of animals, including leopards, tigers, sambar, barking deer and wild dogs. This wildlife sanctuary is situated approximately 325 km from the Nagpur Airport and around 80 km from Akola Railway Station. The best time to visit this wildlife sanctuary is between October and February.

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Gugamal National Park

Gugamal National Park is spread over a large area of around 361.28 sq. km. Established in the year 1987; this national park is an integral part of the Melghat Tiger Reserve. The ideal time to visit this national park is between March and June. It is famous for animal species, such as tiger, sloth bear, python, cheetah, wild beer, four horned antelope, fishing cat, panther and leopard, among many others. While visiting this park, tourists can see over 90 tree species, 750 plant species, 56 climber species, 23 sedge species and over 316 herb species. The important tree species present in the region are Ain, Aola, Lendia, Tectona grandis, Kusum, Dhawada and so on. Furthermore, there are many medicinal plants and shrubs present in this national park.

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Distance: 2 kms

Hariken Point

Hariken Point is located towards the south of the upper plateau of Chikhaldara. Located close to the Government Garden, travellers can see the Mozari village, Vairat Hills and Gawaligad Fort from this point.

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Distance: 2 kms

Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens

Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens is situated in the upper plateau area of Chikhaldara. This garden is also referred to as the Government Garden or Company Garden. There are some of the rare species of plants and flowers available at this garden. This garden is also famous for the different varieties of rose flowers as well as a toy train with signals and a guard. There is a swimming tank available at this botanical garden, which was provided by the ‘Hanuman Vyam Prasarak Mandal’. Moreover, the area where the Gawali tribe lived in the garden is called as the Pandhari village.

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Distance: 3 kms

Gawaligad Fort

Gawaligad Fort is situated in the Amravati District, close to Chikhaldara. This fort is around 300 years old and was once controlled by Hindu and Mughal rulers. There are many carved sculptures in this fort that were constructed during the period of Nizams. The 10 cannons in this fort are made from copper, brass and iron. There are two lakes present within the fort, namely Khambtaloa and Bamnitaloa. A Gawali King, who was a descendent of Yadavas of Devagiri, built this fort during the 12th century. The three gates of this fort are known as the Delhi Darwaza, Kichakdara Darwaza and Fatheh Darwaza.

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Distance: 37.8 kms

Semadoh Lake

Semadoh Lake is one of the most visted lakes in Chikaldara of Amaravati District. Located at the entrance to Gugamal National Park, this lake offers excellent facilities for boating and fishing. The 25 km long scenic road from Chikhaldara to Semadoh runs through deep and dense forested areas and is worth the drive as one can get to see a wide variety of animals like deer, peacock, wolf, wild pig, gaur and many birds. One can set up a camp here and enjoy the captivating beauty of the lake and forest or take a trek downwards to forest. Panchbol Point and Crossland Roman Catholic Convent are among the points of interest nearby.

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