Amravati - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism
Amravati is a city of huge cultural and religious importance in Maharashtra. Also known as the cultural capital of the Vidarbha region. Amravati is the second-largest city after Nagpur in the Vidarbha region. It has an extensive tiger and wildlife sanctuary.
Amravati District, Maharashtra, India.
The ancient name of this place was Umbaravati but due to mispronunciation it became Amravati. It is located in the North-eastern part of Maharashtra. The place is believed to be the city of Lord Indra and has various temples of Lord Krishna and Goddess Ambadevi. Amravati city was founded towards the end of the 18th century. Earlier the place was ruled by Nizams of Hyderabad and later on it was took over by British East India Company. The city was reconstructed and developed by RanojiBhosle after the treaty of Devgaon and AnjangaonSurji and victory over Gavilgad (Fort of Chikhaldara). It is believed that the British general and author Wellesley camped in Amravati, hence it is also known as 'camp'.
Amravati lies 156 KM west of Nagpur and serves as the administrative centre of Amravati District and of Amravati Division. Amravati city is situated 340 m above sea level. The district is mainly divided into two geographical regions, the hilly area of Melghat inSatpura Range and the plain area. It is situated between two famous riversWardhaanPurna to its East and west respectively.Two important lakes are situated in the city in the eastern part, ChhatriTalao&WadaliTalao. Pohara&Chirodi hills are located to the east of the city. The Maltekdi hill is inside the city, which is 60 meters high. It is 685.3 KM from the capital of the state Mumbai.
The region is mostly dry throughout the year, and Summers are extreme. The temperatures in summers are around 48degree Celsius.
Winters here came to be as low as 10degree Celsius
The average annual rainfall in this region is around 1064.1 mm.
Things to do
In Amravati there is a lake called WadaliTalao, originally built to provide fresh water to the nearby neighborhoods, the water body is a perfect spot for weekend family picnics.
Come for a relaxing setting, water sports, sightseeing, or just to admire the quiet landscape set in nature. The best time to visit will be during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset to observe the transition of colours in the sky. Moreover, there are many religious places to visit.
Nearest tourist places
One can plan to visit the following tourist places which are near to Amravati.
- Chikhaldara: Chikhaldara is a hill station and a municipal council in Amravati district in Maharashtra. Located at a distance of 80 KM North of Amravati. From Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, and Devi point one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Chikhaldara. Other short journeys include Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, the Tribal Museum, and the Semadoh Lake.
- Melghat Tiger Reserve: Melghat was declared as a Tiger reserve and was among the first nine Tiger reserves notified in 1973-74 under the project Tiger. It is located at the north of Amaravati district of Maharashtra, on the border of Madhya Pradesh in the southwestern Satpura mountain ranges. Melghatis the marathi word which means 'meeting of the ghats'. Apart from Tigers the other prominent animals are Sloth Bear, Indian Gaur, Sambar deer, Leopard, Nilgai, etc. The endangered and 'back from extinction' Forest Owlet is also found in various areas of Melghat.
- The Tiger reserve has recorded 41 tigers in 2017 approximately in around 2,000 Sq.km. Tourists can explore Melghat in all seasons but the monsoon season starts from mid-July till the end of September and offers the best views. The winters are cold with night temperatures dropping below 5 degrees. The summers are good for animal sightings.
- Muktagiri: Muktagiri also known as Mendhagiri is a Jain pilgrimage centre, located on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in India. It comes under Bhainsdehitaluka of Betul district and is 65 KM fromAmravati. It is surrounded by a waterfall and several Jain temples built in modern architecture. Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra is the complex of 52 Jain temples located in the Satpura Mountain ranges on the backdrop of waterfalls.
- Kondeshwar temple: Kondeshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient elephant temple located in South Amravati in the middle of a dense forest at a distance of 13.3 kms. This temple represents the ancient Hemadpanthi style of architecture and it was constructed using black stones. The temple is surrounded by Satpura hill ranges.
Special food speciality and hotel
As Amravati lies in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, spicy and sweet food is the speciality here. However, the restaurants here serve a variety of cuisines. Some famous sweet dishes of the region are Shira, Puri, Basundi and Srikhand, which are mostly prepared with a heavy influence of milk. PuranPoli is a famous sweet dish which is made of wheat bread, stuffed with gram dal and jaggery. Cow and buffaloes are the primary sources of milk and are commonly used.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Various hotels and resorts are available in Amravati.
Hospitals are around 0.1 KM from Amravati.
The nearest post office is at 0.6 KM in Amravati.
The nearest police station is at a distance of 0.5 KM in Amravati.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
The place is accessible throughout the year but the best time
to visit is from November to February when the temperatures range around a comfortable 20 to 32 degrees centigrade. This is the peak season for tourists to visit the city.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi, Varhadi.
Kaundinyapur was excavated archaeologically by the state’s Directorate of Archaeology & Museums in the late sixties of the last century, as well as more recently. The results revealed the archaeological importance of the site dating right from the pre-historic period up to late mediaeval times. The Vakatakas ruled over this area between the third to the sixth centuries of the Christian era. Though they followed the Vedic-Puranic religion, they gave equal patronage to other faiths.