Melghat tiger reserve is located in Amravati district in Central India. It is 25 km from Chikaldhara a hill resort in the south Satpura range also known as Gavilgarh Hills. It is 760 km north east of Mumbai and 225 km west of Nagpur. This reserve has 80 tigers which are spread over 1,674 sq km of vast area. They live mostly in the inner parts of the reserve which are hardly accessible.
Melghat tiger reserve was established as wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and was declared as Tiger reserve in 1974. Its rugged terrain and rocky ravines provide natural protection from the poachers. River Tapi is the northern boundary of the reserve. One can see tigers, sloth bear and flying squirrels apart from monkeys and other fauna. The reserve is home to 2,000 gaur the second largest in India. Melghat is stunning with natural scenic beauty.
Facts and Figures about Melghat Tiger Reserve:
Area: 1677 sq.km
Core Area: 361.28 sq.km
Getting to Melghat Tiger Reserve:
The nearest airport is at Nagpur.
The nearest station is at Badnera which is 110km from the reserve.
Regular buses go via Paratwada to Dharni and Burhanpur.
Best time to visit Melghat Tiger Reserve:
The park is open from October to June but safaris are allowed only from December to June. In summer the tiger sightings are high as the forest cover is thin and visibility becomes good. Winter is better time for travel but sightings are rare. But bird watching can be done.