Chhattisgarh is popular for its tourist attractions. You can find a never-ending list for tourist attractions here. It’s a state that is rich in natural attractions such as mountains, wildlife, forests and waterfalls. It has also one of the richest bio-diversity areas with nearly 41.33% of its area covered under forest. Undoubtedly, the tourist areas are worth watching if you are new in the state.
Even for the residents in the state or nearby area, there is a lot to do during during your weekends in Chhattisgarh. However some of these areas are located quite a bit in the interior, are not very well connected and might not have lot of tourist infrastructure. So, it always helps to plan and prepare properly before leaving. If you the one who enjoys planning his/her travel to the last details, you would love these. Even if not, you can always take the help of professionals who can help plan the trip for you. You can get a list of some of the Domestic Tour Package Operators here. Also, as a way of habit, check with multiple operators before you choose one. Shop smart, shop after a QuickSearch :)! Let me start with some of the waterfalls you can enjoy and remember forever in your life.
Chitradhara waterfall is the centrally located place in Chhattisgarh. It is situated near a serene village called Potanar and has become a popular picnic spots for friends and families to enjoy the outdoors and see the water gushing down the hills. This place ranks the top of Eco tourism in Chhattisgarh. Monsoon is the ideal time to visit Chitradhara waterfall.
This is a small waterfall in Koriya district. It is an area surrounded with rocks and forests. Its speciality is that even in summer, the place remains cool making it a perfect place to visit.
This waterfall is generally formed in the rainy season and has a height of more than 100 feet. It is a natural attraction near Chitrakoot with green fields on either side of the fall. The area featured deep valleys, high hills, lush forested lands thereby making it a point to enjoy picnic with friends and family. You will be greeted with scenic beauty consisting of flowing water gushing along the tress on both the sides and cutting through the rocks and finally pouring at high speed from the top of the hill.
This waterfall is popularly known as ‘Milky Fall’ because of the white colour of the water flowing down the rocky hill. It is one of the most notable waterfalls in Chhattisgarh surrounded by lush green forests. Water flows through various streams and crosses several paths in a zigzag manner and finally ends up in falls.
National parks and wildlife sanctuaries
Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary
Establish in 1976, this wildlife sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetation and exclusive wildlife including Tigers, Jackals, Leopards, Barking Deer, Bison, Chinkara, Cobra, Python, Porcupine, Black Buck, Striped Hyena and to name a few.
Kanger valley national park
This park extends to an area of 200 km and comprises the core area without any buffer zone. The major wildlife includes Tiger, Wild Beer, Indian Fox, Chital, Leopard, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer and Sloth Bear. Kanger valley is just 27 km from Jagdalpur which is in Bastar district in Chhattisgarh.
Gomarda reserve forest
This forest is the natural home for several wild life including Bears and Tigers. The forest is situated in Sarangarh Tehsil in Raigarh district.
Indravati national park
This national park is situated on the bank of Indravati River and constitutes vegetation of Tropical Mixed Deciduous forest along with grasslands. The forest mainly comprises of teak and Sal as its main species. Indravati Park is famous for its diverse wildlife such as Hog Deer, Sambhar, Panther, Tiger, Swamp Deer, Blue Bull, Wild Buffalo, Wolf and many more to add.
On the banks of river Mahanadi, Sirpur is historically famous from the angles of science, spirituality, arts and religion. The site is popular for its Buddhist Vihars and Laxman temple.
Malhar is famous for its 10th and 11th century temples. One of the main attractions here is the Gomukhi Shelling and the Pataleshwar Kedar temple. You can also find museum full of old sculptures and managed by the Central Government.
Surguja has its own history. It is said that Lord Rama visited this place during his fourteen years of exile. Surguja is mostly made up of Pando and Korwa tribes who consider themselves as the descendants of Pandavas and Kauravas. Therefore, archaic ruins and temple cravings date the history of this place to the period before Christ.
This cave features stalagmite and stalactite formations that forms the main attraction of this place
Singhanpur cave is quite popular for its pre-historic paintings
The mountain has a tank that never dries and is named Sonai-Rupai after the daughters of the Kandra King.
Besides, one can find countless temples including Bhoramdeo temple, Champaran, Bambleshwari temple, Damudhara temple,Danteshwari temple, Chandrahasini Devi temple, and Laxman temple to name a few. Also there are enough opportunities for adventure sports such as rock climbing, hiking, trekking, bungee jumping, water sports and parasailing ensuring there is something for everyone.
The ideal time to visit Chhattisgarh is between October to March as the climate remains pleasant during this part of the year.