Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra and forms one of the popular excursions from the Amravati city. The sanctuary forms a part of the sole hill station of the Vidarbha region, characterized by beautiful lakes, serene lakes and cascading waterfalls. Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a rich and varied wildlife and has been named after the spot known as 'Keechaka'.
It is the same spot where Bhima (one of the five Pandavas) is said to
have killed Keechaka and thrown him into the valley. Initially, the
sanctuary was known as 'Keechakadara Wildlife Sanctuary'. However, with
time, the name got distorted and the sanctuary came to be known as
Chikhaldara. Apart from being home to exotic wildlife, Chikhaldara also
claims the distinction of being the only coffee growing area in the
entire state of Maharashtra.
The wild animals that can be seen inside the precincts of the
Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary of India include Panthers, Sloth Bears,
Sambar, Wild Dogs and Wild Boars. The sanctuary also offers panoramic
views of the valley situated below. There are a number of places near it
that are definitely worth having a look at. These include Melghat Tiger
Reserve, Gavilgad Fort, Narnala Fort, Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens,
Tribal Museum and Semadoh Lake.
Spots like Hurricane point, Prospect point and Devi point offers
amazing views of the Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary. As far as
accommodation in the sanctuary is concerned, you can easily get a room
in the MTDC Resorts. The best time to visit the sanctuary, which is
situated at an altitude of approximately 1118 meters, is from October to
June. The airport nearest from Chikhaldara is in Akola (150 km away) and
nearest railway station is in Badnera (110 km away).