Blessed with scenic diversity along with cultural and traditional history, Chhattisgarh is a place which is slowly advancing towards becoming the most popular holiday destination in India. Chhattisgarh is a place which represents ancient India with a perfect blend of culture, art and religion of both local and tribal peoples. It is one of those offbeat tourist spots in India which is gaining popularity nowadays. Chhattisgarh is home to many waterfalls, forests, flora and fauna, ancient temples, caves, and national parks which can be a place of interest to visit. There are many caves which depict the talent of the local architects which needs to be recognized.
Let's see some of the places which you can visit on your trip to Chhattisgarh.
Created in 1976 and spread over an area of 245 Sq Km the Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary is one of the most famous places to visit in Chhattisgarh. Geographically the wildlife sanctuary is situated in a flat terrain area which is situated 100 Km from Raipur and 45 Km from Mahasamund city. It's a home to wild animals like Leopard, Tigers, antlers, Bisons, Nilgai, Chetal and many along with 150 species of birds including parrot, herons, black buck, peafowls etc. The best time to visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is between November to June when the climate is pleasant.
Also known as the Niagra Falls of India the Chitrakot Waterfall is the broadest waterfall in India. The waterfall is situated 50 Km from Jagdalpur in Bastar District in Chhattisgarh, the waterfall is created by the Indravati river which flows from Vindhu Mountain range to form the waterfall. The waterfall is thickly forested which provides a spectacular view for the tourists who visit the place. The surrounding area is simply captivating. If you observe closely you can sometimes even see rainbows around the waterfall due to light scattering through the water drops. There is also a shrine of Lord Shiva situated at the bottom of the waterfall which includes many small shiva lingam. The best time to visit Chitrakote Waterfall is between October to March when the weather is pleasant.
Built in the 8th Century and dedicated to Lord Vishu, the Rajib Lochan Mandir is one of the famous temples which you can visit in Chattisgarh. An exquisite example of mahakoshal style of architecture the meaning of Rajiva lochan is The beautiful one eye. The temple consists of twelve pillars which are beautifully carved with various figures of Gods and Goddesses like Lord Vishnu, Lord Narsimha, Goddess Durga and Lord Rama. Situated at the congregation of three rivers namely Mahanadi river, Sondhu river and Pairy river the temple must be in your visit list. If you observe the main entrance you can find a sculpture of Snake Goddess which looks beautiful. You can visit the temple all year round every day between 6:00 am to 7:30 PM.
Considered as one of the 52 Shakti Peth in India, the Danteshwari temple built around 600 years ago is an exquisite example of South Indian style of temple architecture. As per hindu mythology it is believed that this is the place where Goddess Sati tooth fell during the tandaav done by Lord Shiva. The temple is located at the confluence of river Shankhini and Dhankini. The main attraction of the temple is the Black stone idol and a Garuda pillar which is said to be segregated into four zones namely Garbha Griha, Mukhya Mandap, Maha Mandap and Sabha Mandap. You can visit this temple all year round but if you visit during The Dussehra festival then you can see the procession of the goddess and even light Jyoti Kalashas as well.
Also known as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh the Bhoramdeo temple built during 7th to 12th century is one of the four main ancient temples of Chhattisgarh. Some people say that the Bhoramdeo temple resembles the Konark Temple in Puri. From the temple you can get a spectacular view of the whole city. If you are truly interested in ancient architecture then the architecture of Bhoramdeo temple can be of interest to you. The architecture is combination of Religios and erotic sculptures. Mainly the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The images of ten avatars of Lord Vishnu along with images of Lord Shiva and Ganesha can be seen flaunting the temple. The temple is built at a foot of Maikal range which is situated 18 Km away from Kawardha. You can visit the temple all year round but the month of October to February is suitable as the weather is pleasant.
Also known as Shimla of Chhattisgarh, Manipat is a hill station with lush green surroundings, deep valleys, dense forest, beautiful waterfall and riverlets. The amazing place is scarcely touched by tourists due to the fact that the area is still on the verge of commercialization but it is indeed a place which one should definitely visit on a visit to Chhattisgarh. You can get a mix of culture and tradition in the place as there are many Tibetan populations who have been staying here since the Chinese invasion of Tibet. The best time to visit is during monsoon and winter season when the weather is cool and greenery all around. You can visit places like Tiger Point, Dhakpo Shedupling Monastery, Fish Point, Parpatiya Center Point, Mercury Point, Jaljali and many more.
Undoubtedly one of the best places for tourists in Chhattisgarh, the Tirathgardh waterfall is a place perfect for picnic, fun and adventure activities. It is to note that this waterfall is considered as the best picnic spot in the whole Jagdalpur. The view of the gushing water getting distributed into various falls on its way down is just spectacular to view. Also known as Milky waterfall as the water gushing down takes a white color when hitting the bottom. Tirathgardh waterfall is situated in Kanger National Park which is situated in Southwest of Jagdalpur. The best time to visit the waterfall is during early winter when the weather is pleasant and cool and the water stream is also strong and wide. It's not recommended to visit in the monsoon season because of the rise in water level.
If you are interested in historical and archeological prominence then Malhar is a place which can be of keen interest for you. Malhar is a place which finds its place in the “Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains of National Importance “ list. There are many remains which are attributed to the Kalchuri Regime dating back to 1000 BC. Temples like Pataleshwar temple, Dindeshwari temple and Devi temple have been unearthed in this place. The Pataleshwar temple which is protected by the Archeological survey of India is the most famous temple of Malhar. There is also a museum which is maintained by the Government of India which displays the different types of sculptures which are found in this place.
Surrounded by lush green landscape, the Ghatarani Waterfall situated 85Km from the main city of Raipur is the largest waterfall in the whole city of Chhattisgarh. It is the most popular and favorite picnic spot where you can go with your friends and family in Raipur. There are forests around the waterfall where you can go for a small trekking or you can go swimming in the naturally formed small pool at the bottom of the waterfall. It's definitely a place where you can relax and spend some family time in the lap of mother nature. The best time for visiting Ghatarani Waterfall is after the monsoon season when the waterfall is in full glory. It is recommended to avoid the season of monsoon because the area might be slippery and also the water flow will also be increased due to rainfall which makes the area dangerous during monsoon.
Considered as one of the densest forests in India the Kanger Ghati National Park is home to stunning landscapes, natural waterfalls, trekking regions, biodiversity, beautiful limestone caved and Hill Myna bird which is the state bird of Chhattisgarh. The park is located in Jagdalpur, bastar district of Chhattisgarh. The forest area of the park is mostly covered with deciduous plants with trees of sal, bamboo and teak. There are around 45 flora species which are rarely found. The national park is also home to animals like tiger, mouse deer, leopard, chital, sambar, barking deer, langur, crocodiles, pythons, cobra snakes, monitor lizard and many more. The best time to visit Kanger Ghati National Park is between November to April when the temperature is cool and the weather is also pleasant with clear blue sky. On your visit you can visit places like Bhainsa Bhara, Kanger Dhara Waterfall, Tirathgarh Waterfall, Kailash caves and limestone caves.
There are other places also like Charre Marre Waterfall, Sirpur, Madku Dweep, Bhilai, Indravati National Park, Chirmir, Dantewada, Ghatarani Waterfall, Rajim etc which you can visit on your trip to Chhattisgarh. If you are planning to visit Chhattisgarh you can book your cheap flight ticket at an affordable rate from Travolook.com.
Swami Vivekananda/Mana airports are the primary airport of Chhattisgarh which is 15 km south of Raipur. One can book cheap flights from Delhi to Raipur, cheap flights from Mumbai to Raipur and other major cities to Raipur. From Swami Vivekananda airport you can hire a cab or taxi to explore Chhattisgarh.