Surrounding Nature of Jagdalpur
Chitrakot Waterfall Chhattisgarh. Chitrakot Waterfall is supposed to be the Niagara Falls of India. It is the broadest water fall in India. During Mansoon one can see its might. The River Indravati falls from a height of 29 m (96 ft) to form this waterfall. It is located 48 km (30 mi) from Jagdalpur and is accessible by road only. There is a helipad but it is used by Government only. A few small hotels and restaurants are located near the falls.
Bastar, being a plateau region, serves as the home of some of the most incredibly beautiful valleys namely Bastarnaar Valley, Darbha valley, Keshkaal valley e.t.c. Among these, one of the most beautiful valleys is Kanger Valley National Park. This park is one of the most awaited projects of state of Chhattisgarh, as the Govt. has given a proposal to Central Govt. to make this site as a “Bio-Diversity Heritage site”. It is not just because here we have some of the rarest species of flora and fauna, but because, here we have some of the most exotic natural caves. Although forest department and local people have found more than a half dozen of caves, but for general tourist, only three caves are opened for the sake of security of people.
Tirathgarh waterfall is a white beauty. The scene of fast falling waters from great heights gives you goose bumps. The waterfall stands about 300 ft tall and it is a part of Kanger valley national park. Undoubtedly, this place is the best in the business when it comes to tourism in Jagadalpur. Over the years this place has also turned out as the best picnic spot for the local residents and tourists. It is merely 35 kms away from the heart of the city.
This national park is just 27 kms away from the city. Kanger valley national park is not only known for its wildlife diversity but also for the most enthralling natural sceneries. It hosts the world’s second longest caves and also some of the beautiful waterfalls. This national park is situated just near the Kolab River . This park was established in the year 1982 and it shares its boundaries with many villages surrounding it. This park is regarded as the Asian biosphere reserve and it houses a wide range of wildlife species.
This place is considered as the most sacred place of Jagadalpur. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this temple to offer their prayers and to seek blessings. This is located 84 kms away from Jagadalpur city, in Dantewada. This holy place is 600 years old and it is built to worship the local Goddess, Ma Danteshwari. The idol is beautifully chiseled with black stone. People believe that this temple has divine powers.
Dalpat Sagar Lake of Bastar is on Indravati River which passes through Jagdalpur. Spread over 350 hectares, Dalpat Sagar takes pride in being the largest artificial lake in the state of Chhattisgarh. This lake was primarily built to harvest rain water. However, at present, it is a major source of fishes. If you can get out of bed early enough, you may join the ritual worship of the deity at this place before enjoying the act of group fishing. Group fishing is a treat to watch where one group spreads the nets while the other drives the fishes into the nets by beating the water and howling. You can also enjoy boating (motor / pedal boats) on your visit to Dalpat Sagar Lake. The mesmerizing scenario of this lake, especially at sunset, should not be missed for anything.
The Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple (Balaji Temple) in Jagdalpur is a result of dedicated, loving and tireless efforts of members of Andhra Association. The temple reaches out to serve spiritual, cultural and social dimensions of the society. The construction of the Balaji temple in Jagdalpur has been a dream come true to many of the devotees who can now have a hassle free darshan of the Lord nearer home. Every day devotees throng this sacred shrine of Lord Balaji also known as Sri Venkateswara Swamy, the all-pervading Lord of the Universe.
Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur. This Museum is located in the office of the Anthropological Survey of India situated at Dharampura. It provides a perfect window-view of the life-styles of various adivasi tribes in Bastar to a tourist hard-pressed for time. Anthropological museum provides insight into the culture and lifestyles of Bastar tribes. Some of the collections found at the museum include headgears, footwear, ornaments, musical instruments, dresses, paintings, wood carvings, weapons, masks, art work, sculptures etc.
Bastar Palace Jagdalpur is another historical remain that is seen in Jagdalpur. It was the head quarters of Bastar Kigdom. It was built by the rulers of Bastar State when the capital of Bastar kingdom had been shifted from Barsur to Jagdalpur. At present this is keeping as a monument by the government.
Bastar Palace situated in Jagdalpur of Chattisgarh has the special ranking among the tourist places located in Chattisgarh. The Jagdalpur city of Chattisgarh is one of the major and famous city in this state that is located in Bastar district. There are many tourist attractions in this distict like historical sites, scenic landscapes as well as tribal culture. Bastar Palace of Jagdalpur in Chattisgarh state is on the top most ranking among all the other tourist places in this area.
Barsur Village Jagdalpur. 75 KMs from Jagdalpur on the way to Dantewada a small town Geedam is situated, 24 KMs towards North of Geedam village Barsur is located. The small sleepy village Barsur happened to be the thrown of power during the tenure of the Gangawanshi rulers in as early as 840 A.D. Barsur, situated on the bank of river Indrawati is famously known as the city of temples and ponds. It is believed that there used to be 147 temples and equal number of ponds here in the towering days of Barsur. Even though Barsur had lost its glory gradually century after century, the ruins of numerous temples that are found here will still manage to attract the attention of the people. Some of the temples worth mentioning are Mama-Bhanjaa temple, Chandraditya temple, Battisa temple and a mammoth statue of Lord Ganesha. Apart from these temples one vast pond of pre-historical days is worth visiting.
Indravati River This river is a stream of the river Godavari. Its starting point is found to be the Ghats of Dandakaranya range, in the Kalahandi district of the state of Odisha, The River follows a westerly path and enters Jagadalpur in the state of Chhattisgarh. The river moves from here in a southern route, before eventually uniting with the Godavari at the borders of three states. They are the state of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The river at a variety of stages of its course forms the boundary between Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The river Indravati is also known as the oxygen of the Bastar district of state of Chhattisgarh. This district is one of the greenest and eco-friendly districts, found in the whole of India. A total number of five hydroelectric projects were planned on the river Indravati.
The Chitradhara Waterfalls is located just 19 km form Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh on the way to Chitrakoot Falls. It is one of the best sightseeing and weekend vacation destinations in the centrally located state of Chhattisgarh. The scenic beauty associated with this place ranks it amongst the most popular outdoor destinations in Bastar District. It lies near a small and serene village called Potanar and attracts thousands of tourists from within the state and rest of the country. It has become one of the best picnic spots where families and friends come to enjoy the outdoors and watch the gushing waters cascading down the hill at high speed.
Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls Jagdalpur is located at around 45 km from Jagdalpur. It is very close to the Chitrakoot waterfall. This is a recently discovered waterfall with a height of more than 100 feet and is generally formed in the rainy season. There are green fields on either side of this waterfall. Just like Chitrakoot and Tirathgarh Waterfalls, the stunningly beautiful Tamra Ghoomar Falls is another natural wonder and a scenic spot near Chitrakoot.
Various kinds of exotic handicrafts made by the skilled hands of Bastar tribals are available in shops which are concentrated at Kumharapara, Jagdalpur. These include wooden crafts, bamboo crafts, terracota, bell metal items, wrought iron items and cotton fabrics( Kosa sari etc). Bastar , being a district full of forest, containing finest quality of teak and other types of woods from which very attractive wooden- carving crafts and various types of furniture are being made by the skilled and experienced hands of the tribals.Many such items are today made and kept for sale in shops at Jagdalpur which attracts locals as well as tourists.
|Dalpat Sagar Lake View||0.3 Kms|
|Balaji Temple||1 Kms|
|Anthropology Museum||2 Kms|
|Forest Museum||5 Kms|
|Tirathgardh Waterfall||30 Kms|
|Dandak Caves||36 Kms|
|Chitrakote Waterfall||38 Kms|
|Kutumsar Caves||38 Kms|
|Kailash Caves||40 Kms|
|Dantewada Temple||86 Kms|