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Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Vidarbha Region, Maharashtra
Coverage area:
Main attraction : The Melghat tiger project
Best time to visit: October to June
Accommodation : Semadoh forest lodge
Arrival information : 
-- By rail : Nearest railway station from the sanctuary is Badnera at 110-km on the Central Railway branch line.
-- By air : Nearest airport is Akola, which is 150-km from the  sanctuary
-- By road : Nearest bus depot is Amravati, which is 100-km from the sanctuary
Nearby excursions : Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, the Tribal Museum and the Semadoh Lake located near the sanctuary
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Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Amravati district of Vidarbha region. The only hill station in the Vidarbha region offers one an abundance of wildlife, viewpoints, lakes and waterfalls. This sanctuary is named after "Keechaka". This is the place where Bhima killed Keechaka and threw him into the valley. It thus came to be known as "Keechakadara" and Chikhaldara is its corruption. This is the only coffee growing area in Maharashtra.

Fauna :
Tourists can find Panthers, Sloth Bears, Sambar, and Wild Boar. One can even spot Wild Dogs over here. Close by is the famous Melghat Tiger Project in Dhakana-Kolkaz National Park, a natural habitat centre for about 82 tigers.
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