Niagara falls which are a world famous heritage are well known for their vastness the serenity in the wildness they bring. One such waterfalls also resides in the country of India, and they are in their most natural forms. The Chitrakoot Falls are located to the west of Jagdalpur, in Bastar district in the state of Chattisgarh on the Indravati river. The majestic 95 feet drop of the river down the cliff makes this a sheer spectacle to behold. The sheer power of this 300 meter wide waterfall has led to visitors to rightly coin a special term for this spot and we call it India’s Niagara.
Chitrakoot Falls disclose an intense vision amid the rainstorm when the Indravati River surges. The generally wandering streams meet up to release its energy and totally make the level progress over the bluff. Local boatsmen lead you to stunning sites close to the shower beneath the waterfall to witness Chitrakoot Falls in full magnificence. The view of the waterfall at nightfall and the changing shades around it is a sight to recall.
The best time to visit this majestic waterfall in the heart of the wilderness of Chattisgarh is from July to October when the Indravati River unleashes its full force. The water carries a massive amount of silt but it’s still a spectacle for visitors. October to February remains the best time for photographers and nature lovers who wish to see a clearer and white waterfall.
The Chitrakoot falls are a perfect tourist destination as Dandami Luxury Resort is built just behind the falls and gives the gorgeous mega view from the Hotel rooms, you can even spot Rainbows in Monsoons in the afternoon from the windows of your room. The hotel has 16 double bed cottages and 13 luxurious tents.
The Other things to Cover When Visiting The Chitrakoot Falls include:-
1. Boating & Swimming In The Pool Near The Falls:
Things to do at Chitrakoot Falls also includes taking a paddle boat ride and swimming in the pools formed in the upstream part of the falls. Local boatmen can take you all the way to the spray below the falls.
2. Visit the majestic Tirathgarh Falls in the Kanger Valley National Park:
The region is replete with lesser-known wonders of Chattisgarh that have still not turned into a tourist hub. Besides Chitrakoot, the Tirthgarh Waterfall is another magical site that cannot be missed on this trip. Tirathgarh is located 36 km from Jagdalpur, in the opposite direction of Chitrakoot. A 6 km drive through the Kanger Valley National Park to reach the falls is a blissful escape for any nature lover.
3. Explore the 1327-metre long Kutumsar Caves:
Kutumsar Caves near the Tirathgarh Waterfall can be explored on your detour to Tirathgarh from Jagdalpur. The caves are located in the Kanger Valley National Park and were discovered only two decades ago. These caves are also said to be the largest caves in Asia and the 7th largest in the world. During the months of June to August, the caves are filled with water hence the spot cannot be explored, but it remains open for exploration during the rest of the year.
4. Take a guided exploratory trip to Kailash Gufa:
Inside the Kanger Valley National Park, another caving site awaits you. The Kailash Gufa is a 100 metres long cave located on a hillock inside the national park. The stalagmite formations in the shape of a shivlinga at the deep end of the cave hold religious importance for locals. and the caves are a religious site for Hindus across the country.