Forests have an inherent charm which attracts a lot of travellers. Huge trees spread out across the horizons, the swish of un-polluted air, paths that are devoid of human intereference and only the noise of wild is truly a destination for Nirvana! The Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra - Madhya Pradesh Border is one such idyllic place for an outing.
PC: Alosh Bennett
Once upon a time, Melghat served as a hunting ground for Imad Shahi Dynasty. After many years, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve. Since 1974, it has been one of the significant wildlife destinations in Maharashtra.
The name Melghat comes from the conjoining ghats interwoven with ravines, hills and cliffs. Melghat Tiger Reserve is located in Amaravti district at Maharashtra.
Wildlife at Melghat Tiger Reserve
The rich vegetation of this reserve is a home to a number of animals. Bengal Tigers, Indian Jackal, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Porcupine, India Leopard, Panthers, Python, etc. can be found in Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Melghat is also rich in avifauna; it is famous for eagle population. No doubt, it is also a bird watcher's paradise.
PC: Dr. Raju Kasambe
Nature at Melghat
Melghat is on the banks of Tapti River and its five tributaries namely Khandu, Khapra, Sipna, Gadga and Dolar. These rivers are the major source of water for the reserve. The jungle has many cliffs and rocky surfaces. Teak and bamboo forests can be seen in abundance.
Places to Visit in and Around Melghat
Melghat Tiger Reserve is divided into different zones. There is a separate zone for tourists who can easily spot jungle cats, bison, Rhesus Monkeys and so on. Since it is a wide area, Tigers are a little difficult to spot. However, the beautiful nature is worth all the effort.
Melghat in the evening
The river basins are a great place for bird watching. You can see many water birds and other colourful avifauna.
Chikhaldhara Waterfalls is around 70km from Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Gawilgadh Fort and Devi Point are some other tourist attractions near Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Best Time to Visit Melghat Tiger Reserve
December to April is the best time to visit Melghat Tiger Reserve.
How To Reach Amaravati
Amaravati is around 113km from Melghat Tiger Reserve.