Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist hubs in Chhattisgarh located in Bilaspur district. It is linked by the corridor of Kanha-Achanakmar to Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. It was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and was declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger in 2009.
The sanctuary is a part of the forest tract which forms the Central Indian tiger heartland with more than 30 tigers. The entire region is located at altitude ranging from 200m to 1000m portraying a beautiful hilly topography with Narmada, Sone and Johila flowing by.
There are 5 watchtowers built inside the reserve to witness the wildlife from the closest possibility. Among those 5, Tangli Pather is nestled in the Lamni range at 1039 m and Diya Barr exhibits some of the most tranquil and scenic views.The thick vegetation is a pleasing view with sal, dhwara, bamboo and teak plantations are the most prominent ones. The sanctuary is the home to a huge fauna including Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Ussuri dhole, sambar, nilgai, gaur, chital, striped hyena, Indian jackal, sloth bear, four-horned antelope, chinkara, blackbuck, Indian muntjac and wild boar, and several species of monkeys to name a few.
Explore the dense vegetation of the sanctuary in its natural habitat and indulge into discovering the wildlife at the closest possible. There are hiking options too, though not much. It is also a paradise for the photography freaks.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, which is known for its rich vegetation and unique wildlife species. Located about 100 km from Raipur, one can reach the sanctuary in a private vehicle along with a local guide.
The sanctuary lies on a flat plain and terrain area, providing shelter to a number of animals like tigers, leopards, antelopes, bison, porcupine, pythons, and many other species. Many other animals and birds like parrots, herons, egrets, black bucks, porcupines, monkeys, pea fowl and other species are sure to catch your attention as you keep on walking through the muddy path in the forest. The barking deer are there to surprise you with their shrill barks. The rich vegetation of the area is a sheer delight to all.
The major wildlife population includes Tigers along with a good number of Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey andSloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Bison, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. Parrots, Bulbul, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Egrets, and Herons and many more birds make it a heaven for bird watchers.
There is so much to explore in the fauna and avifauna of the forest that it would take a good lot of time to cover all. The vast wildlife is certain to woo you over rejuvenating your soul and mind. Don’t forget to keep you cameras handy and fully charged. .
Bhoramdeo Temple is a Hindu temple complex dedicated to the god Shiva in Bhoramdeo located in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh as one of the most prominent tourist attraction. There are a total of 4 temples constructed by the Nagawanshi ruler King Ramchandra Deo during 7th to 11th century. Also known by the name “Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh”, the temple has several similarities with the temple of Khajuraho.
The temple complex is set with the backdrop of the charming environment of Maikal Mountains and lush green forests, and is engraved on the rocky stones in a beautiful township style. There is a marvelously carved Shiva Linga inside the temple that attracts the attention of the travelers. The architectural style of the temple is called Gurur which has profusion of carved images on its exterior walls.
The Chitrakote Falls is a natural waterfall located in Jagdalpur near Indravati River, Chhattisgarh. With a height of about 95 ft and a huge width of 985 ft, the waterfall is the widest fall in India. The normal width and spread further grows in size during monsoon season, and it is aptly called the Niagara Falls of India. It is located inside the Kanger Valley National Park, where another fall called the Tirathgarh Falls is also located few km away from Chitrakote.
Right below the falls, there is a pond with a shrine of Lord Shiva erected. There are several caves nearby which are collectively known as Parvati Caves. The river flows sluggishly on the upstream side of the falls through the plains. There is no or very little forest cover in the reach of the river valley.
The main beauty of the falls is found throughout the year and eventually falling into a pond formed in a semicircular shape at the bottom of the falls. During off- especially during sunset. As the river flows over the sharp vertical rock edge at the widest reach of the river, creating misty clouds seasons, the waterfall gets channelized into several streams flowing separately in a horseshoe shape. That is another spectacular thing to behold, though the main attraction is during monsoons when the streams of the cliffs come together as one and gush out in all its glory.
The waterfall and the surrounding beauty are treats to the eyes by themselves, where one can reach the bottom of the fall by boat services available. One can also try trekking, but it is better to take a guide if you are not an expert. It is advisable for kids and old people not to go down near the fall as the gush of water is too speedy and not recommendable for them.
Gandhi Udyan is located in Raipur, Chhattisgarh right adjacent to the Chief Minister’s residence. The region is a quiet corner away of the hustle-bustle of the main city. The park is concretized and tiled and perfectly complemented by lush green vegetation and beautifully adorned gardens with several blossoming flowers in different hues. The lighting displays exhibit a spectacular appeal to the entire ambiance of the recreational spot.
The park is an excellent option for picnic, kids’ park and jogger’s jaunt. It is a popular spot in Raipur for tourists as well as the local residents who are quite frequent to this place especially during weekends. There are different interesting installations of playground activities and equipment for the kids mainly, while the lush green grass makes it a treat to the eyes and comfortable enough for visitors to sit and relax.
Gandhi Udyan is a popular place for joggers and morning walkers and is quite frequented by them especially in the mornings. The exact location of the place provides extra security as well. Families can gather and have fun on weekends, or for picnics. The flowers, pavements and other fixtures are well-maintained. The cleanliness and greeneries are exceptionally praiseworthy.
Visit the park for family get-togethers or for kids recreation. It is best visited during mornings and late evenings to make the most of its pleasing ambiance. People of all age groups can visit the place, and the park is well taken care of by the Municipal government. In the morning, several activities like walk, workout, yoga etc are performed by different visitors. Evenings are well-lit with flower shows and lights for the visitors to enjoy.
Ghatarani Waterfalls is a great spot for picnic in Raipur which is located next to the Jatmai Temple amidst dense vegetation. The water cascade is moderately large and can be reached by a short trekking route through the forest. The hike up to the waterfalls is an adventurous one and the beauty around is pure bliss to the eyes and soul. The huge range of flora and fauna around the forest adds to the beauty of the tiered waterfall.
The water gushes down forming milky white foam which makes it all the more ethereal, and settles down to create a small pool which is perfect for a soothing sip during hot weather. The waterfall mainly gets the footfall of the devotees who come to visit the nearby Jatmai Temple.
The waterfall is best to visit during monsoons or just after the rainy season where the waterfall is full of water. It is amazing to catch an aerial view of the entire region by climbing up the rocks to capture the spectacular beauty of the cascade plunging down to a pool and also of the greenery enveloping the full region. The thick forest surrounding the waterfall is a great escape from the hectic busy city-life offering some solace to the body and mind.
This place is entirely dedicated to the adventurous ones. One can trek and hike the mountains to catch a glimpse of the bird’s eyes views of the forest surrounding the cascade. One can also climb down to the pool to take a bath in the water. This is an absolute paradise for the ones interested in photography, and also for the nature lovers who want to find some peace amidst nature at its closest.
Kailash and Kotumsar Caves, better known as Kotumsar caves, are located near a village of the same name near Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. Kotumsar is one of the major tourist attractions, especially for the people interested in ecotourism. The caves are limestone caves formed on the Kanger limestone belt, situated near the bank of the River Kanger. The caves were discovered in 1993.
The caves are located at an altitude of 560 m above sea level. The entrance of the cave is a vertical crack in the wall of a hill that serves as the main entry. The more convenient path follows from the entrance down the cave via a concrete path that has extended till the end of the cave. The stretch of the tunnel of the cave is 200 m long that includes multiple lateral and downward passages.
The major attractions are the various types of speleothems or cave formations that offer amazing panoramic view. The stalactites and stalagmite formations date back to more than million years. Different species of genetically blind fishes are found here in the Kutumsar Caves. Considered as the second largest natural caves of the world, Kutumsar caves have 5 chambers and few wells with blind fishes found in them.
The Kutumsar caves are one of the most biologically explored caves in India that is ruled by adventure of every sort. It is an absolute delight for the travelers to explore a cave that is known as India’s first underground cave. As a visitor, you would be taken right from the entrance room by stairs to the narrow high chambers running straight to the huge hall that has an audial. Watching the million years old cave formations is by itself a treat to the eyes.
Kanan Pendari Zoo is one of those places which make the city of Bilaspur famous. It is a small zoo located near Sakri about 10 km from Bilaspur at Mungali Road in Chhattisgarh. It is a zoo with a rich population of wildlife including animals, birds, reptiles and fishes in large number. It is well-maintained and clean. The animals are also well taken care of.
Not just for kids, but the zoo is a must visit for all age groups. Animals like white tigers, pink helicons, and several other animals are among the major attractions of the zoo. It was established in 2005 by the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi. It is a modern and fully equipped wildlife warehouse that gets maintained from the central authority.
Few of the animals and species of flowers are rare and not to be seen much outside. Also, the cleanliness and maintenance is praiseworthy. The spot can be a good picnic destination as well. Tourists of all age group are targeted while constructing the zoo premise where washroom and canteens are also there.
Kander valley National Park is located near Jagdalpur in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. It is one of the densest forests of India and was declared a national park in 1982 by the Indian Government. Located across the 34 km long Kanger Valley, and spread over a total of 200 sq km, the forest consists of mainly hilly terrain that makes up for most of the picturesque national park.
Kanger Valley National Park is popular for its rich vegetation density that includes its biodiversity, landscape, waterfalls, and subterranean geomorphologic limestone caves to name a few apart from the beautiful flora and fauna that it displays.
The park derives its name from the Kanger River that keeps flowing throughout the entire forest length. The national park is the home for many animals and birds including the Bastar hill myna, which is the state bird of Chhattisgarh. The Kanger Valley National Park is also popular for its huge deviation of land formations that range from low flats to gentle areas to steep slopes to plateaus to valleys and stream courses.
The Kanger Valley National Park holds special importance for the fact that it is the home to diverse habitats which makes it an ideal site for diverse kinds of flora and fauna making it a hub of biodiversity in the country. It is an ideal place for the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, as well as a must visit for the researchers and anthropologists. The major wildlife population includes tigers, leopards, mouse deer, wild cat, sloth bear, flying squirrel, wild boar, chital, sambar, barking deer, jackals, langurs, rhesus macaque striped hyena, rabbits, pythons, cobra, crocodiles, monitor lizards and snakes. Among the avifauna, the most popular ones are hill myna, spotted owlet, red jungle fowl, racket-tailed drongos, bhura teeter, peacocks, parrots, steppe eagles, red spurfowl, phakta, tree pie and heron.
There are several spots inside the national park to visit – including the Tirathgarh waterfalls, Kotumsar Caves, Bhainsa Darha, Kanger Dhara and Dandak cave to name a few. There is a temple too in the proximity of the national park named Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple.
Maa Bamleshwari Temple is located at Dongargarh in Rajnandgaon district, Chhattisgarh at a hilltop of 1600 ft. A prominent pilgrim destination in the district, the spot lies amidst majestic mountains and ponds offering a spectacular view along with its own religious importance. The temple is the most visited during Navaratri and other festivals.
The temple has a great spiritual importance holding multiple legends associated with the shrine too. The legend dates back to 2200 years ago when a local king, Raja Veersen performed rituals to the goddess praying for a child, as suggested by his royal priests. Within a year, the queen gave birth to a son, Madansen. The king considered this as a blessing from Lord Shiva and Parvati who he dedicated this temple to. The deity is placed at the top and one has to climb a total of 1000 steps to reach there.
Nandanvan Jungle Safari at Naya Raipur is Chhatisgarh’s first and largest man-made jungle safari. With an area expanded up to 800 acres of land, it is a blissful area where one can explore wildlife in its natural inhabitant. The entire region is blessed with rich vegetation with lush green flora, beautiful landscapes and a good lot of fauna and avifauna to complement the ambiance.
The forest is spread across 202.87 Ha which is divided in 8 zones namely – Monument zone, Parking zone, Administrative zone, Water zone, Waiting zone, Zoo zone, Safari zone, Management zone. There is a 130 acre water body called “Khandwa Reservoir” that is the hub of thousands of migratory birds. The whole area is surrounded by chain link fence of 5m high and 1.5 m wide which is inverted at the top at 60 degree. There is an adequate vegetation, shelter and water bodies inside the jungle and the drive through enclosure has a system of double gates for entry and exit.
There are four different safaris categorized as Tiger Safari, Herbivore Safari, Lion Safari and Bear Safari. The tiger safari has tigers as the main animal, while 106 herbivore animals are kept in Herbivore Safari including Chital, Sambhar, Blue bull, Barking Deer and Blackbucks. While lions are the main animal to be spotted in Lion Safari, bears of different species are to be seen in Bear Safari.
One must opt for the safaris which are the prime attractions in the Nandanvan Jungle. Keep your cameras and eyes alert to catch the inhabitants at right moments. One may also go for a relaxing outing or a picnic in the reserve.
Purkhauti Muktangan is a beautiful place inaugurated by the Hon’ble A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India in 2006. The garden is a wonderful portrait of Chhattisgarh’s rich culture where life-like figures of tribals performing different folk-art portray a vivid view of the vibrant treasures of the region.
The building is a sole tourist attraction to appreciate the culture of the local tribes. It is also a great place for the kids to understand the background of the region. You can get everything inside the premise. It is an exceptional place to spend time with family. It is a 200 acres heritage & cultural farm developed by the Tourism Department of the Government of Chhattisgarh at Naya Raipur.
The major attraction remains in the fact that the entire glimpse of Chhattisgarh is seen under one roof at this theme park cum museum. The glimpse of models like Kawardha, Folk dance model and Jagdalpur forest are all available on display at this gallery.
Spend some time with your family exploring the state of Chhattisgarh – the people, the tribes, the lifestyle, food culture, handicrafts, music, and all other relevant things that can be associated with the state. It is indeed a mesmerizing experience one should never miss while visiting Chhattisgarh.
Rajeev Smriti Van was established in the memory of the former Prime Minister of India, Late Rajeev Gandhi. Covering a total of 14 acres, the unique conservation site was developed as an ex-situ conservation centre from a barren land. The main aim of the construction was to build up awareness towards the conservation of nature by demonstrating the dynamics of trees, nature and environment.
The entire region is a beautiful display of marvelous views all about the nature, trees and environment. One can explore the nearby attractions like Balaji Temple, Bastar, Arang, Champaran and Bhilai from the Van.
The views of the region are exotic and fresh. Another spectacular and unique thing of the Van is that everything over here runs on Solar Energy. It is a must visit for tourists of all age groups. The view of the forest located in the midst of the city is mind-blowing. This is the first ever man-made forest within a city and must visit while one is exploring Chhattisgarh.
Enjoy the nature at its best in this well-maintained destination within the city. The sights are amazing and the lush greenery is sheer luxury to the eyes.
Rajiv Lochan Mandir is located in Raipur of Chhattisgarh that is one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The name of the temple literally means “the eyes of the beautiful one” where the main deity is Lord Vishnu. It is a beautiful example of Mahakosala architecture style that signify the traditional and cultural side of the temple complex.
There are 12 pillars in the temple where each pillars are beautifully crafted with figures of different gods and goddesses including Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, Lord Narasimha and Goddess Durga. The temple stands right at the congregation of three rivers – Pairy, Sondhu and Mahanadi. The main design made of Chaitya arch wooden motif makes the temple stand out by its own. There are some sculptures of Snake Goddess too at the entrance shrine.
The Teerathgarh Falls is a waterfall near Jagdalpur at Kanger Ghati in Chhattisgarh which is popular for its rugged look and blocked box type shape. The height of the waterfall is 299 ft, which means the water plunges down 299 ft in a single jump. Located at a distance of 35 km to the south-west of Jagdalpur, the waterfall is a major tourist attraction inside the Kanger Ghati National Park, and the waterfall is a source of water flowing in the Kanger River.
There are 210 steps down to the fall where you can climb down to the base of the water to make the most of it. The waterfall is also termed as “Smooth Falls” as the water froths and turns almost milk-white as it gushes down the steep. It is the bungle stream of water that makes the water special, especially with rich green backwoods completing the entire look of it.
The waterfall as well as the journey towards it makes it an exciting one. There is a Shiva-Parvati sanctuary at the falls where, legends say, that Lord Ram and Goddess Sita had visited during their exile. There are two kunds – Ram Kund and Sita Kund at the spots for the tourists to check out. The entire area looks amazing during monsoon, though it is risky and better to travel just after the rainy season.
The Teerathgarh Falls is a wonderful destination for picnic and for photography. The square box like shape makes it easier to access for the travelers and one can step down or up for an adventurous day-out. Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa are some nearby places to visit along with this water which also makes for one of the most beautiful lakes of Chhattisgarh.