Chikhaldara hill station is located in the mountain range of Satpura & at the height of 1118 m from the sea level. It is in the northern part of Amaravati district. Also this is only coffee growing area in Maharashtra. Along with the hill station Chikhaldara is also having the tiger reserve. This hill station is in cotton growing are.
Chikhaldara hill station is mentioned in the epic, Mahabharata. According to the epic Mahabharata this is the place where villainous king Keechaka was killed by Bheema who is one of the five Pandava brothers. At this place Lord Krishna carried away Rukminee since it having historical value also.
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Tip for Visitors: Best time to visit is October to June.
Melghat Tiger Reserve: this tiger reserve is the home of about 82 tigers also other animal like Panther, sloth beer, sambhar, wild beer & wild dogs.
Bhimkund: As per epic Mahabharat, this is the place where Bhima washed his handoff the blood of Keechaka.
Muktagiri: This is the Jain religious place which is in Madhya Pradesh. Here there are 52 small temples constructed on high slopes connected by stairs with the magnificent waterfall providing background to the entire landscape.
Other Attraction: Gavigad & Narnala fort, Pandit Nehru botanical garden, trimbal museum and Semadhh Lake.
Chikhaldara has annual rainfall of about 154 cms & temperature varies from 39 C in summer to 5 C in winter.
How to Reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport from chikhaldara is Akola Airport (150 km).
By Train: Nearest railway station from Chikhaldara is Badnera (110 km).
By Road: Chikhaldara is connected to major cities like Nagpur (230 km), Amaravati (100 km) by road state transport buses ply between Chikhaldara & these cities frequently.