The beautiful Chikhaldara hill station is in the Amravati district surrounded by several tourist spots. It is 1088 metres above sea level, the only coffee-producing hill station in the region and enriched with a variety of flora and fauna amidst the alluring beauty of nature. Chikhaldara boasts beautiful lakes, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints and exotic wildlife.
Amravati District, Maharashtra, India.
Chikhaldara was discovered by Captain Robinson of the Hyderabad Regiment in 1823. The Englishmen found it particularly attractive because the lush green hue of the place reminded them of England; and during September, October when the leaves fall, it resembles autumn in England. 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 commonly known name.
Chikhaldara is situated at an altitude of 1.8 KM and has the added dimension of being the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra. Chikhaldara is located on a high sudden plateau at an altitude of 1.1 KM.
The region is mostly dry throughout the year, and Summers are extreme. The temperatures in summers are around 30-40 degrees Celsius.
Winters here came to be as low as 10 degrees Celsius.
The average annual rainfall in this region is around 1064.1 mm.
Things to do
Tourists can visit Bhimkund. It is a natural blue water tank. It is here in the nearby lake where Lord Bheema was believed to have taken a bath after having defeated Keechaka. The locals say that the lake is too deep to be measured.
Chikhaldara is the only hill station in the Vidarbha region that offers you an abundance of wildlife, viewpoints, lakes and waterfalls. It is a great place to visit during the monsoon rains for a one or two day trip.
Nearest tourist places
- Devi Point: Devi Point is a tourist point situated in Chikhaldara in the city of Amravati. It is one of the closest places to Chikhaldara with just 1.5 KM. One should visit the interesting Devi Point to observe the scenic and beautiful temple situated in a rocky enclave with mountain water dribbling from the roof. It is astonishing to see the water of Chandrabhaga River pervading through the stones, and one can feel the cool breeze under the rocks where there is a Devi altar. This place is close to the hilltop from where the whole forest area of the Melghat Sanctuary can be easily seen. The top of the hill explores an enchanting view and from the hilltop, the remains of the Amravati fort are seen too. It is recommended to visit the temple during the day.
- Kalapani Lake: Kalapani Lake is just 1.8 KM away from Chikhaldara. This spot is enveloped by a beautiful setting of slopes, forest zone, alongside hypnotizing scenery. It is an ideal spot for reviewing birds and investing some quality time with family and friends.
- Shiv Sagar Point: Shiv Sagar Point is within walking distance from Kalapani Lake and it is 1.7 KM away from Chikhaldara. Kalpani lake road straightforwardly goes through the Shiv Sagar Point. At the end of this road, we need to move up the hill by strolling. Many layers of Satpuda Parvat can be seen from this point. The nightfall is exceptionally delightful to see from this locale.
- Mozari point: Distance between Chikhaldara to Mozari point is 2 KM (5 minutes' drive). Mozari point is close to Mozari MTDC Resort. It's a great spot to visit in the blustery season of rains with a profound valley view covered all around with clouds. It's an absolute necessity to visit places in the rainy season.
- Melghat Tiger Reserve: Melghat Tiger reserve is located close to Chikhaldara at about 71.7 KM. The Meghlat Tiger project is home not only to 82 tigers but to panthers, wild bears, wild dogs, sambar and sloth bears making it an ideal place for animal lovers. You may see some rare animals and some bird’s species there. There are all types of services available such as resorts, hotels etc.
- Gugamal National Park: Total driving distance from Chikhaldara to Gugamal National Park is about 79 KM. Gugamal National Park attracts tourists in large numbers; the place is known to be among the last ones to house the Indian tigers. Some orchids and strobilanthes in the upper hills. The area is rich in medicinal plants.
Special food speciality and hotel
Some famous sweet dishes of the region are Sira, Puri, Basundi and Srikhand, which are mostly prepared with a heavy influence of milk. Puran Poli is a famous sweet dish which is made of wheat bread, stuffed with gram dal and jaggery.
There are various restaurants here that serve a variety of cuisines.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Various hotels and resorts are available in Chikhaldara.
Hospitals are available a short distance.
The nearest post office is 26.3 KM away at Semadoh.
The nearest police station is available at 0.3 KM m in 2 minutes of distance.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
There are no such visiting rules.
July to September is the best time to visit Chikhaldara. During the month of March to Mid-June, the climate is warm during the day and cool in the evenings. Comfortable summer clothing during this season.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi and Varhadi