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Chikhaldara

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.

Districts/Region

Amravati District, Maharashtra, India.

History

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.

Geography

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. 

Weather/Climate

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

The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from November to 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