The area shown below in the table of Melghat, Wan and Ambabrwa sanctuaries includes non forest area also but in the notification issued for the respective sanctuaries, the non forest area is excluded. The Melghat, nestling in the Satpuda hill ranges of Forsyth’s and Dunbar’s Central India’s vast tracts of inviolate natural forests, consisting of unique and representative ecosystems with rich biodiversity and varied habitats offered by deep valleys (locally known as khoras) and high hills (locally known as Ballas), daunted with rivers and nallahs having water all the year round in the ‘doh’, was the natural choice for the community of foresters in Maharashtra, when it came to choose an area for preserving it for posterity and for ensuring that the ‘Tiger’ the most magnificent and flagship of the Indian wild species, could sustain a viable population and survive for the eternity. The fascinating landscape, its enchanting beauty and richness leave everlasting imprints on people visiting the area. Melghat Tiger Reserve is one of the earliest 9 Tiger Reserves established by the Government of India and is the First Tiger Reserve to be declared in the State of Maharashtra. It came into being on 22nd February, 1974..
(i) Name: The area of the Critical Tiger Habitat is 1500.49 Sq.Km., falling in the heart of the Melghats. Out of this, 1150.03 Sq.Km. (Gugamal and Melghat Sanctuary) belongs to the initially declared Melghat Tiger Reserve which was declared on 22nd February 1974 and the remaining area of three Wildlife Sanctuaries namely Wan, Ambabarwa and Narnala, added to it on 27/12/2007 now comprise the core area of the Critical Tiger Habitat of the Melghat Tiger Reserve
(ii) Location: Situated in Satpuda hill ranges of Central India, the area of Critical Tiger Habitat of the Melghat Tiger Reserve lies in Melghat forests of Amravati, Akola and Buldhana Districts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, bordering Madhya Pradesh in the North and East. This area is geographically located as below.
Latitude: Between 210 441 N and 210 081 N
Longitude: Between 760 391 E and 770 311 E
Administratively, the area of Gugamal National Park, Melghat Sanctuary and Wan Sanctuary falls in Dharni and Chikhaldara Tahsils of Amravati District, Ambabarwa Sanctuary falls in Sangrampur Tahsil of Buldhana District and Narnala Sanctuary is in Akot Tahsil of Akola District. For control and Management purpose, the area of the Critical Tiger Habitat is included in three Wildlife divisions, namely; Sipna Wildlife Division, Paratwada, Gugamal Wildlife Division, Paratwada and Akot Wildlife Division, Akot.
1.05 Satpuda maikal division of Melghat Tiger Reserve is located in 6 E central Highlands Biotic province of “6 Deccan Peninsula” Bio-geographic zone.
The area of Critical Tiger Habitat extends over 1500.49 Sq.Km. consisting of 5 protected areas namely, Gugamal National Park, Melghat Sanctuary, Narnala, Ambabarwa and Wan Sanctuaries.
Please follow the rules and regulation as per the wildlife protection act 1972 to avoid impose punishment for violating the same. The schedules give absolute protection to certain species and these cannot be infringed on any account.Offences related to trade and commerce in trophies, animals articles etc. Derived from certain animals attracts a term of imprisonment up to three years and/or a fine up to Rs. 25,000/-.
Melghat Tiger Reserve offers various activities like day safari, Full day Safari, Night Machaan Stay, Kayaking, Elephant ride, Trekking, Adventure activities like zorbi ball, Burma bridge, River crossing, Parallel bridge and many more. These various activities are available at tourist destination like Aamzari, Semadoh, Kolkas, Harisal, Shahanur. The tribal dance show can be arranged on request. Home stay facility is also provided to experience the culture & day to day life style of tribal.
Melghat tiger reserve has many places to explore. The popular destination for the tourism point of view are Chikhaldara, Aamzari, Semadoh, Kolkas, Harisal & Shahanur. Please find the details in 'How to reach" to these various destination in Melghat Tiger Reserve
Melghat keeps organizing various event for all. The list of popular events -Be a Naturalist, Mel-Con, Ephil Dodo, Bird Race, Monsoon Trek, Logo banao Logo, Photography competitions etc. To get updates about these events please follow our page Melghat Tiger Reserve on facebook.