The state of Maharashtra in the western part of India is truly a treasure trove. Caves, hill stations, forts, pilgrimage, beaches, national parks, bird sanctuaries etc. are in plenty in this heavenly abode. Tourists across the globe keep on visiting the state throughout the year. A considerable part of the land is covered by forests. Many parks and sanctuaries have been established with the aim of preserving the wildlife and maintaining the ecological balance.
Although this sanctuary is one of the lesser known in the state, yet it houses a number of wild animals that will allure you. Know more about the sanctuary before paying a visit here.
The sanctuary is also known by the name of Chilkahrada wild life sanctuary. It has been named after the notorious character Keechaka in the Hindu epic called Mahabharata.
Area and location:
The sanctuary is located in Melghat area in the Amravati District. It is actually an extension of the Melghat sanctuary on the southeastern part.
The region of Amravati is endowed with immense mythical significance. The mention of Amravati has been made in the Hindu scriptures as 'the capital of Indra's heaven'. That is why it is also known as Devapura, `city of the gods,' and Pushabhasa, `sun-splendour.'
The sanctuary area in Amravati is located at 1,118 meters height. This is the point where the grand combatants, that is the mythical characters of Bheema and Keechaka fought against each other. Bheema was the winner who overthrew the villain Keechaka into the deep valley. From the name of this villain, the name of valley Keechakahrada is derived. Chilkahrada is the distortion of this name. As mentioned earlier, Wan sanctuary is also known by the name of Chilkahrada wild life sanctuary.
Flora and fauna:
The sanctuary is rich in floral and faunal diversity. Bamboo is the main floral species. Typical southern dry deciduous forest is the main vegetation. You will also find many medicinal plants. Other than this Aola, Air, Tiwas, Teak, Kusum, Moha Bamboos, Dhawda, Tectona Grandis, Lendia, etc. are also found here.
The faunal species include Sloth Bear, Hyena, Leopard, Sambhar, Wild Dogs, Panther and Wild Boar.
When to visit?
The ideal time to visit this sanctuary is from October to February.
The nearest railway station is at Akola that is 80km away from the sanctuary.
Nagpur at a distance of 325 km is the nearest airport.
The bus station at Akola is 45 km away from the sanctuary. So you can take buses which will take you to the sanctuary.
Some extra dose:
There are a number of places that you can visit while touring this sanctuary. Satidham Temple, Chatri Talao, Shri Bhakti Dham Temple, etc. are some of the important vacation spots. But Melghat wildlife sanctuary is a must visit. As it is located in the same place, you don't have to travel much.
Although Wan sanctuary is not so popular as the other sanctuaries in the country, yet a trip to this sanctuary would definitely be fruitful. Splendid views of majestic waterfalls, valleys and hilly terrains can be experienced here. So whenever you plan to tour Maharashtra, don't forget to pay a visit to this sanctuary.