A Few Words About Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara is a hill station and a municipal council in Amravati district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.it is situated at an altitude of 1118 m with highest vairat point 1188mIt abounds in wildlife, such as tigers, panthers, sloth bears, sambars, wild boar, and rarely seen wild dogs. Close by is the famous Melghat Tiger Project which has 82 tigers. As of 2001 India census, Chikhaldara had a population of 4718. Males constituted 58% of the population and females 42% Chikhaldara is connected to the cities of Paratwada, Amravati, Akola, Betul (M.P.), Khandwa (M.P.) by road. The nearest airport is Nagpur: 229 km via Paratwada-Chandur Bazar-Katol route and 231 km via Paratwada-Amravati-Kondhali route. The local population here areKorkutribals. Korkus have derived their name from the combination of the word ‘koru’ meaning man and ‘ku’ which makes it plural meaning tribal men. The Korkus are a Munda tribe and live near a Dravidian-speaking tribe — the Gonds. The Korku people are initially believed to be a hunter-gatherer community who dwelt in the forests of the Satpura Range on both sides of the Tapti RiverTheKorku tribe lives in small groups of huts made of grass and wood. Every household has elevated stage like structure in the front side of the house. This elevated stage is used as a storage space of farm produce such as cattle feed.The community is the home to a unique and distinct culture, possesses a rich heritage of age old traditional systems more pertinently in terms of indigenous knowledge, beliefs, customs and social system. Known for poverty, hunger, malnutrition, the community confronts with numerous socio-economic challenges in the day-to-day life partly due to the poor natural resource bases. However, their grit and determination for fighting their natural shortcomings is commendable and are known to rise and fight against all odds.