Melghat Tiger Reserve
Sight Address : Melghat Tiger Reserve is 220 km from Nagpur. Located close to Chikhaldara Hills , in the northern part of Amravati district of Maharashtra state. Edit
Melghat Tiger Reserve is among the first nine Tiger Reserves situated in the northern part of Amravati district of Maharashtra state. This reserve came into existence in 1974, which lies in Satpura ranges in Vidarbha region and is spread over an area of around 1677 sq. km. The core area of the reserve, Gugamal National Park covers 361.28 sq. km. area and buffer area of the reserve, the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary covers 788.28 sq. km. The reserve has dry deciduous forests with 41 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 24 species of fish and 160 species of reptiles and snakes. Tourists can spot various types of flora including teak, lendia, moyan, ain and many other species. The reserve has 90 species of trees, 66 species of shrubs, 320 species of herbs, 56 species of climbers, 23 sedge species and 99 grass species. Tiger, leopard, wild dog are some of the animals that can be seen in the reserve. The five rivers that flow from this reserve are Sipna, Khandu, Dolar, Gadga and Khapra which are the tributaries of the main River Tapti. The reserve also has around 61 villages that are inhabited by various tribes including Korku tribe, Gond, Nihal, Balai and others. Moreover, tourists can also explore the archaeological richness as there is Gavilgarh Fort on the Chikhaldara plateau and Narnala Fort in the south-eastern part of Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Area : 2029.04 sq km.
Gates : Semadoh and Shahnoor.
There are passes in Melghat that invaders from the north traversed to reach Berar, where the Imad Shahi dynasty had been founded in 1484. The historic forts, Narnala and Gawilgarh, guarded the main east-west ridge. In 1803, in the Second Maratha War, Colonel Arthur Wellesley, who later became the Duke of Wellington, captured the Gawilgarh fort from the Marathas.
Apart from wild animals like Chitals, Sambars, Tigers and Leopards, MTR also has historical importance with Narnals fort being situated there.
Safari timings during Summer : 6.30 am to 10.30 & 3 pm to 6 pm.
Best Season to Visit
October to March.
Best Time To Visit
Morning , Afternoon , Evening.
Time Required for Sightseeing
Area Cover by Sanctuary : 2029.04 sq. km
Tourism Route : Semadoh 36 km, Shahnoor 5.5 km.
Requied Time : 5-6 Hours.
Ticket Required : Yes Edit
Individual National Adult Rs. : 30/-per adult
Kids Rs. : Rs.10/-
Individual Foreigner Adult Rs. : 20/-per adult
Kids Rs. : Rs.10/-
Still Photo Camera Rs. : N.A.
Video Camera Rs. : N.A.
Vehicle/ Gypsies Rs. : Light vehicle – Rs. 70/- ; Heavy vehicle – Rs. 120/-; Gypsies – Rs. 1500/-
(Gypsies and Private Vehicles allowed. Vehicles allowed per day – 76)
Vehicles allowed Per Gates : 4 vehicles allowed at Semadoh, 2 at Shahnoor. (Vehicles Not allowed on upper limit)
Guide Required : YesEdit
Approximate cost: Rs. 220/-
Dress Code (If Any) : No Edit
Dress Require: N.A.
How to ReachEdit
Taxi : Amravati is on the Dule – Kolkatta National highway 6 which is well connected by road to other important towns and cities within the state. Melghat Reserve is 220 km from Nagpur. Regular taxis are available to reach the city.
Bus : Maharashtra state transport and private buses are most commonly used by people to travel to Amravati and rural parts of the region.
Train : Amravati annd Badnera is the nearest railhead. The Bombay-Howrah Express, Ahmedabad-Madras Navjeevan Express, Ahmedabad-Howrah Express arrive here. Within Maharashtra: the Kolhapur-Nagpur Maharashtra Express and the Bhusaval-Nagpur Passenger Train can be taken.
Air : The closest airports is Nagpur and it is 160 km from Amravati.
Others : N.A.
Things to CarryEdit
- Carry your own food and Plenty of Water.
Safety / WarningEdit
- Police Control Room : 100
- Ambulance : 102
- Fire : 101