Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary was one of the first nine tiger reserve, declared under the Project Tiger in India. The tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary is located in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra.
Melghat Tiger Reserve along with the core Gugamal National Park with an area of 361.28 km is home to many different kinds of wildlife.
Area – 1677 km2
Reserve Type – Tiger Reserve
Tiger Population – 41 Tigers in 2017
Established – 1974
Core Area – Gugamal National Park
Location – Amravati District
Melghat Means – Meeting of the Ghats
Forest – Gawilgadh Ridge of Satpura Range
Melghat is well connected through all the three types of travel, Semadoh is the base village of Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Nagpur is the nearest airport for Melghat Tiger Reserve, which is about 255 kms by road from Semadoh.
Chikhaldara is a popular hill station, located 25km from Melghat Tiger Reserve.
City buses are also available from the Badnera Railway station to many area of Amravati city.
Melghat – 100 km from Amravati
Melghat – 225 km from Nagpur
Badnera is the nearest railway station on Mumbai-Kolkata route, serve the town of Amravati.
Badnera Junction is one of major junctions on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line.
Summer season is best time, when chances of wild animal sightings are high in Melghat Tiger Reserve.
December to June is the best time to visit Melghat Tiger Reserve.
During your first wildlife safari in Melghat, make sure to capture the beautiful colours of the forest along with scenic trails, terrain and Gawilgadh ridge.
Jeep safaris in Melghat Tiger Reserve are conducted only from the month of December till the beginning of the monsoon.
One can also travel by mini buses by your own private vehicle.
Entry – 6:00 AM to 8:00: AM
Entry – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zone – Narnala / Bori route / Narnala Zari route
For More information, Please visit – melghattiger.gov.in
Individual Fee – 60 INR
Jungle Safari Charges – Gypsy 1600 INR
Camera Charges – Rs 200
Professional camera – 2500
Guide Fee – 220 INR
Vehicle Entry Fee – Rs 150
Semadoh is the base for Forest Jungle camp and Bookings can be done though Forest Department Amravati.
Semadoh Tourist Complex
Semadoh Guest House
For Booking Visit – mahaecotourism.gov.in
Melghat Tiger Reserve is home to 41 bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears, dholes dogs and many more wild animals as well as critically endangered bird species such as Indian vulture, forest owlet and green avadavat.
The main fauna found in Melghat Tiger Reserve also include Indian jackal,flying squirrel,ratel, python and chausingha.
Chikhaldara Hill Station in Amravati district is situated at an altitude of 1118m and only coffee plantation region in maharashtra.
Other famous points to see in Chikhaldara
Vairat Sunset Point
Gawilghur fort in the vicinity of Melghat Tiger Reserve is located 2.5kms from Chikhaldara and one of the must visit place near Melghat.
Semadoh Lake is the starting point for Melghat sanctuary and listed as one of the must visit place in Chikhaldara with facilities for fishing and boating.
Narnala or Shahnur Fort on Satpura Hills is located in the Akot Taluka within the Melghat Tiger Reserve. Famous buildings within the Narnala complex are Mahakali Temple, Rani Mahal, Baradari and Peshva Mahal.
There are 61 villages in and around the Melghat reserve, Korku tribe is main inhabitants along with Balai, Halbi, Gond and Nihal, Balai and Wanjari.