Travel to "Melghat"- Know your destinations
Melghat is approachable by Road, Rail and Air (nearest airport- Nagpur). Semadoh is the main centre from tourist point of view. Kolkas eco- tourism complex is situated Narnala Sanctuary (base camp – Shahnur in Akot district) is another tourist centre of the Melghat Tiger Reserve where you can enjoy Jungle Safari as well as visit a fortress built probably 600 years.
Harisal is a digital village located 25kms from Semadoh towards Indore on Maharashtra State Highway no. 6.
Chikhaldara is a hill station and a famous tourist place in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and another important gateway to Melghat Tiger Reserve. It has many private owned hotels & resorts and has a jungle safari gate commonly known as Vairat.
How do you reach these destinations?
For Chikhaldara/Semadoh/Kolkas/ Harisal- Alight at Badnera Junction (10Km) from Amravati on Mumbai – Nagpur – Kolkata route.
For Narnala- Alight at Akola Junction on Mumbai –Nagpur- Kolkata route.
Also for various places proximity is there from Khandwa on Mumbai – Bhopal route & also from Betul on Nagpur – Delhi route.
Nearest airport is Nagpur which is connected by daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Raipur, Indore, Pune, etc.
Various destinations of Melghat has to be reached by road as given below:
Know where you can go for Jungle Safaris.
Route 1- Nagpur to Amaravati (160 km). Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km.)
Route 2- Nagpur to Warud (110km.). Warud to Paratwada (90 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km.)
Route 3- Betul (M.P.) to Gudgaon (50 km.). Gudgaon to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km).
Route 4- Indore (M.P.) to Khandwa (131 km.). Khandwa to Dharni (78 km). Dharni to Harisal (26 km.). Harisal to Semadoh (25 km.) Semadoh
Lodging facilities near Semadoh- 10 cottages (twin sharing) plus 64 beds dormitory at Semadoh Eco- Tourism Complex run by the Forest Department.
Kolkas- Situated 13kms further from Semadoh towards Harisal on state highway no. 6 is the famous Kolkas Eco Tourism centre. It has 7 cottages (twin sharing), 2 nos. Forest Rest house rooms, 18 beds dormitory run by the Forest Department.
Vairat Jungle Safari- Along with many scenic points and Gavilgadh fort Chikhaldara has a jungle safari access on the Vairat plateau which is arguably one of the highest points in Central India for any jungle safari. Safaris can be booked online or on spot at the Nature Interpretation Centre based right in the heart of Chikhaldara town.
Route 1- Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Chikhaldara (32 km.).
Lodging facilities near Chikhaldara- There are many private lodges/ hotels and resorts at Chikhaldara. Many hotels have online booking facilities also.
Shahnur village is at the base of the over-looming Narnala Fort and is also the gateway to jungle safaris into Narnala Sanctuary and Dhargad and Bori areas of Melghat Tiger Reserve.Shahnur is also the base camp for exciting night safaris, machaan activities and adventure activities.
Route 1- Amravati to Akot (90 km). Akot to Shahnur (18 km).
Route 2- Akola to Akot (45 km). Akot to Shahnur (18 km).
Lodging facilities near Shahnur- 9 cottages (twin sharing), 6 tents (twin sharing) plus 32 beds dormitory at Shahnur Eco- Tourism Complex run by the Forest Department.
Harisal village is on Maharashtra State Highway no.6 and is a gateway to jungle safaris from Harisal gate, night safari activities, full day tourism activities, machaan activities and adventure activities.
Route 1- Nagpur to Amaravati (160 km). Amravati to Paratwada (50 km.). Paratwada to Semadoh (45 km.). Semadoh to Harisal (25 km).
Route 2- Akola to Akot (45 km.). Akot to Khatkali (22 km). Khatkali to Harisal (58 km.).
Route 3- Indore (M.P.) to Khandwa (131 km.). Khandwa to Dharni (78 km). Dharni to Harisal (26 km.).
Ambabarwa Wildlife Sanctuary (Melghat Tiger Reserve)
Wasali village/gate is the entry point for jungle safari in the Ambabarwa region.
Shegaon on Howrah- Mumbai rail route is the nearest rail head situated 45 kms from Wasali.
Route-1 Nagpur via Amravati- Akot- Danapur- Bawanbir- Wasali via Maharashtra State Highway no. 194- Distance is 284 kms.
Route-2 Akola- Balapur (NH 53)- Shegaon- Manasgaon- Bawanbir- Wasali (MSH 198).
Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary (Wagha Gate)
Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 40 km outside the city of Akola in the State of Maharashtra. Wagha village hosts the jungle safari gate entry into Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nearest Bus-stand: Mahan village. Mangrulpir is also near to Katepurna.
Route 1- Akola to Mahan (30 kms). Mahan to Wagha on Selu Bazaar Road (3 kms)
Nearest Railway station: Akola (40 kms)
Nearest Airport: Nagpur- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport (292 kms.)
You can reach Katepurna Sanctuary comfortably by air, rail, and road. The closest airport is the Sonegaon Airport, located 292 km away. The Akola Junction Railway Station, situated 40 km away on the Mumbai-Nagpur rail route, is the closest railhead. Akola is well-connected by an extensive network of roads to all the major towns of Maharashtra.
During your visit to the Katepurna Sanctuary in you can enjoy a comfortable stay at the various hotels in Akola. There are 3 rooms (twin sharing) at Eco tourism centre at Wagha- Katepurna operated by the Forest Department.
Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary (Botha Gate)
Botha village hosts the entry gate for jungle safari into Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary. The Dnyanganga Sanctuary is situated 25 km from Buldhana and 25 km from Khamgaon town of Maharashtra.
To reach the sanctuary and travel within the city you can avail state transport buses, private taxis and jeeps. Khamgaon is the nearest (25 kms) railway station, on Nagpur-Mumbai main line, where majority of the important trains have halts.