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|Today I would like to share about my readers India is a country which has several unique temples famous for its cultural heritage, various wildlife sanctuaries and it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Himalayas, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. |
If you are thinking of how you can enjoy the beauty of international destinations via domestic travel? You have to visit The Chitrakote Falls in Chhattisgarh.
|The Chitrakote Falls (also spelled Chitrakote, Chitrakot, and Chitrakoot; Hindi: चित्रकोट जलप्रपात) is a natural waterfall on the Indrvati River, located approximately 38 kilometers (24 mi) to the west of Jagdalpur, in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. |
The height of the falls is about 29 meters (95 ft). It is the widest fall in India, reaching a width of nearly 300 meters (980 ft) during the monsoon season. Because of its width and its widespread horseshoe shape during the monsoon season.
It is often called the “Niagara Falls of India”.
|Just from the lush green cover of the forest to the presence of mystic caves, Jagdalpur is surprisingly filled to the brim with places that are of interest to travelers.|
The best part is, the destination is relatively unexplored right now, and offers travelers a very unique chance of exploring an offbeat destination.
|While Chhattisgarh may have a bad rep when it comes to safety (for women and generally) while traveling, Jagdalpur is a serene and peaceful town that is perfectly safe for visitors, including women.|
|While it may look tempting, swimming at Chitrakoot waterfalls is extremely dangerous and thus, prohibited.|
Since tourism is a freshly growing industry, Chitrakoot is currently facing a scarcity of restaurants that serve decent food.
There have also been reports of shops near the falls selling expired goods such as biscuits and wafers. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to carry your own food and water when you visit Chitrakoot Falls.
|The later months of monsoon (September and October) are best suited for exploring Jagdalpur. At this time, the weather is pleasant and thanks to the recently passed monsoon showers, the waterfalls in the area are flowing in all their glory. Keep in mind that this is the peak season of visiting the area and thanks to the combination of high tourist footfall and underdeveloped tourism infrastructure, finding decent accommodation may turn out to be a challenge.|
|However, the Naxalite activities—mostly limited to the border areas of the state—often deter travelers from visiting areas like Bastar. … With the exception of a few incidents, Bastar is no more perilous than other places. Raipur and Jagdalpur are as safe as any other Indian city.|
|Seven Tourist Places Near Chitrakoot Falls. If you’re visiting (or in) Chitrakoot, have already paid a visit to the falls, here are a few other tourist places near Chitrakoot Falls:|
1. Kanger Valley National Park
Established in 1982, the young national park of Kanger Valley is an absolute delight for the nature lovers. The national park is less than a couple hour-long drive from the falls and makes for a perfect day-long getaway for those that have the luxury of time.
2. Kailash And Kutumsar Caves
discovered (1993) Kailash Caves. The cave system is a small one, only 250 meters in length but nonetheless, offers some spectacular views of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The reason behind naming the caves Kailash Caves is that at the end of the cave, the stalagmite formations resemble a Shivling. Another interesting thing about the Kailash caves is the acoustic properties of its walls that emit a sound when struck by hands.
3. Tirathgarh Waterfalls
At a distance of about 35 kilometers from the city center of Jagdalpur, this waterfall is considerably close to Kutumsar Cave. The waterfall area is surrounded by lush green forest and is a favorite picnic spot among the locals and thus, is one of the famous tourist places near Chitrakoot Falls. For those looking for a bit of extra adventure, there is an option of going to the bottom of the gorge formed by the waterfall. The bottom can be reached by climbing down a flight of 210 stars. This staircase is well maintained and is very easy to navigate for people of all age groups and fitness levels.
4. Zonal Anthropological Museum
Established in 1972, the museum features an impressive collection of artifacts, art, weapons, utensils, ornaments, clothes collected from the tribe during the 70s and 80s. The museum has efficiently placed these artifacts in a manner that describes a narrative of the “Adivasi” lives of the Bastar Tribe, before the onslaught of infrastructure revolution in the area.
5. Gupt Godavari
Gupt Godavari is a pair of caves that have a rich mythological story attached to them. According to Hindu Mythology, the caves were used by Lord Rama and his brother Lord Lakshman to hold secret meetings.
With grandness comparable to famous Indian caves such as the Elephanta Caves, the Gupt Godavari caves are relatively unexplored by tourists.
6. Bharat Milap Temple
Those familiar with the Epic Ramcharitmanas written by Sage Valmiki know about an even called Bharat Milap. For those that are not familiar with the event, it took place after the death of King Dashratha, father of Lord Rama. The then ruling king, King Bharata, brother of Lord Rama, came down to Kamadgiri Mountain to persuade his elder brother to return to their homeland in Ayodhya and reclaim the throne.
7. Kalinjar Fort
Located at a distance of about 88 kilometers from Chitrakoot, the Kalinjar Fort is an ancient archeological marvel that offers spectacular views of the plains around it. Rising a little over 1200 feet from the ground, the Kalinjar fort was built by the Chandela Kings in the 9th century. Historically, the fort was viewed as a symbol of great power among local Indian kings, and thus, attracted a lot of conflict over the control of the area.
The fort also houses a number of temples within its premises, including a shrine will wall inscriptions depicting Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, and Kala Bhairon and thus, has emerged as an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus all over the country.
|1. By Air. The nearest airports are Allahabad (135 km from Chitrakoot), Khajuraho( 175 km) and Varanasi (275 km). |
2. By Train. Karvi is the nearest railway station and it is 8km away from Chitrakoot.
3. By Road. State-owned buses are available from Allahabad, Banda, Kanpur, Satna, and Jhansi to reach Chitrakoot.