A Central India State Chhattisgarh’s capital is Raipur. This is India’s 10th largest state with rich and attractive culture and natural diversity. Thick forests, Temples, Palaces, Water falls, rock paintings and Plateau abound in the state. It offers a different experience -away from the well known destinations normally frequented by tourists. Nearly 42% of the state’s area is covered by forests. The state has nearly 75 small and large waterfalls -the most famous being the broadest in India i.e. Chitrakot Waterfall (also known as The Niagara falls of India).
Things to do (Activities)
Besides waterfalls and forests Chhattisgarh has much else to offer to the tourists i.e. spectacular landscapes, caves and temples.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1976 in an area of 245 Sq. Kms the sanctuary is popular with tourists. There are tigers, leopards, porcupine, antelopes, black bucks, barking deer and bison and many other species are found here. It is located 100 Kms from the capital city of Raipur.
The temple is situated near the city of jagdalpur on the confluence of Dankini and Shankhini rivers. It is one of the 52 Shakti Peeths in India. Legend has it that a tooth of Goddess Sati fell in the Satya Yuga, thus, during Dussehra festival every year Goddess Sati is taken in a procession for the people to pay homage.
35 Kms from Jadalpur in the Kanger Valley National Park lie the 300 feet waterfalls. It is the most stunning waterfall in the state. TThe water splits into multiple falls and flows down giving a great view to the spectators. This is a good spot for a picnic, adventure and having fun with family and friends. There is a small temple close to the falls.
Kanger Valley National Park
The park was established in 1982 and is bound by many villages on all sides. It drives it’s name from Kanger River and has been declared as one of the Asian Biosphere Reserves. Many species of animals are visible in the park. Children can learn about the animals instead of just reading about them. The Park is situated on the River Kolab. It is 34 Kms long and 27 Kms from Jagdalpur.
Rajiva Lochan Temple
The temple was built in the 8th Century in Rajim -close to Raipur. It literally means “The Beautiful One-eyes” and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has 12 pillars with each pillar carved with figures of various Gods and Goddess i.e. Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, Lord Narasimha and Goddess Durga. It stands at the confluence of three rivers i.e. Pairy, Sondhu and Mahanadi.
The waterfalls are located 50 Kms away from Jagdalpur and 270 Kms from Raipur. The waters flow from the Vindhu Mountain to form the Chitrakoot falls (India’s Niagara Falls). It is surrounded by thick forests giving it a spectacular view of the gushing waters. A visit here during the rainy season can be a lovely experience.
Kailash & Kutumsar Caves
The second longest caves in the world were discovered in 1992. It stretches to an area of 100m. One can go to a certain point only, because of lack of oxygen inside the deep cave. Clapping inside the cave brings back musical sounds vibrating from the hollow walls of the cave. The caves are located beside the Tirathgarh falls about 40 Kms from Jagdalpur.
Constructed during the 7th to 11th century. View the whole landscape and town from the foothills of the Maikal Mountains -where the temple is built. The temple has many religious and erotic sculptures and is located 18 Kms from Kawardha Town.
Explore The surroundings
Madhya Pradesh in the northwest, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Jharkhand in northeast, Maharashtra in the southwest, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the south, and Odisha in the southeast border Chhattisgarh. All these states are well known as many tourists visit regularly. Chhattisgarh is unique and a new option for tourists to explore and enjoy its natural beauty.
The only airport is situated at Raipur and is 15 Kms from the city center. Regular flights operate to and fro Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam, Indore, Jaipur, Indore and Kolkata amongst others. Airports at Bilaspur and Jagdalpur are on the anvil presently.
Raipur and Bilaspur are two railheads that connect Chhattisgarh to the rest of the country by frequent trains as both stations fall on the main network of railways lines for different states.
Lying in the middle of the country the state has a great network of highways. Eleven highways cut through the state. No matter what direction one travels there is road connectivity.