Gugamal National Park is located in the Chikhaldara and Dharni Taluka of Amravati District in the Satpura Hills of Maharashtra state, India. It is part of Melghat Tiger Reserve. The Gugamal National Park was built in 1974, and the park spreads over an area of about 1673.93 square kilometers. Melghat has declared a Tiger Reserve in 1973-74 under the Project Tiger. Gugamal is famous as one of the last remaining habitats of the Indian tiger species in Maharashtra.
The Melghat Tiger Reserve, of which the Gugamal National Park, forms the core part, came to be designated as a ‘Sanctuary’ in 1975, in view of the ecological, floral and faunal significance of the region. It is home to the endangered tiger and other wild mammals like panther, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, hyena, chausinga, sambar, gaur, barking deer, ratel, flying squirrel, cheetal , nilgai, wild boar, langur, rhesus monkey, and macaque. Also found here are 25 types of fishes and many varieties of butterflies.
The forest in a rugged and hilly area of Melghat is a typical Southern dry deciduous forest. There are 750 species of plants in the area. There are 90 tree species, 66 shrub species, 316 herb species, 56 climbers, 23 sedge species and 99 grass species. Approximately 50-75 more species have been identified and several more are expected to identify in the future at the Melghat Tiger Preserve. Tectona grandis, Ain, Tiwas, Aola, Lendia, Dhawada, Kusum are the important tree species. Bamboo and Teak has widely spread in the forests. The area is rich in medicinal plants. It is notable that the area is rich in medicinal plants.
Park Timing and Entry Fees
The best time to visit Gugamal National Park is between the months of October to June.
How to Reach Gugamal National Park