The Green Hills of Chikhaldara Plateau
I am Chikhaldara, a plateau in the Amaravati district of the western-Indian state of Maharashtra. I am the exclusive coffee growing region and a popular tourism destination due to my pleasant weather, in the state. But my imprints have been prominent since eons; since the ancient Vedic age.
It was me who witnessed Lord Krishna carrying his wife Rukmini. My name Kichakdara, the Valley of Kichak originated when the erstwhile king Kichak was killed by Bheema and his body surrendered to my depths, as described in the ancient, mythological epic of Mahabharata. Later, I was rechristened to my present name Chikhaldara.
Spending almost a thousand years in oblivion, I was rediscovered by Captain Robinson, a British soldier serving in the Hyderabad Regiment, in the year 1823. Upon rediscovery I became an instant hit amongst the English, for my lush green hills, reminded them of their homeland; especially during the autumn. Being a small plateau, I have a population of around 5000 people, but more than 80% people living in Chikhaldara can read and write. With Nagpur being the nearest airport, I am well connected through road and rail transport with cities like Nagpur, Amaravati and Paratwada.
Being a plateau I boast of an amiable weather all around the year and even during the summer months, but the South Western Monsoon causes a heavy precipitation. People say I am prettiest during the autumn season, when my hills burst with foliage and the streams and waterfalls spring back to life. But I am no less beautiful during the winter months. From October to March is the best season to visit me, but if you love the rains on the hills, you are welcome to Chikhaldara!
Best time to Visit Chikhaldara
Chikhaldara tourist place is situated around 1100 meters from the sea level. Best months to visit Chikhaldara are from October to February, i.e. in Winter. The atmosphere here is cool in this period and tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature in winter season.
Weather in Chikhaldara
Monsoon starts from June month in Chikhaldara and it experience heavy rainfall during 4 months of monsoon, i.e. June, July, August and September. The average temperature in monsoon is 25°C.
Winter in Chikhaldara starts from November to February and the temperature in this season goes down to 15°C. Summer is very hot. During the month of March, April and May the temperature goes high in the range of 32°C to 40°C. Hence it is suggested to avoid visiting Chikhaldara in Summer.