This Divine Land is also enriched with Natural Beauty which makes it a paradise for tourists.
The deep forest area between bushes and bamboos where one
always feel the absence of sunlight , wide and thick forests ,
between high mountains cool flowing streams , sky-touching mountains , caves , high waterfalls ,
and in the valleys the spread of greenary and in between this , the huts made by bamboo sticks,
the fearless life style of the tribals and their culture, one's heart and mind would be filled with new wonders and pleasure.
Located on the banks of the Indrawati river, about 75 km
(a one and a half to two hour drive) to the south west of Jagdalpur, Barsoor was once an epicenter of Hindu civilization.
It is believed that there were once 147 temples and an equal number of ponds here. The ruins of these temples,
dating back to the 10 th and 11 th centuries (i.e. over 1,000 years old) can be seen even today. Some beautiful images of Lord Vishnu can also be seen.
The Ganesh statue of Barsoor is famous for its huge size.
Situated 18 kms from Kawardha on the Raipur (116kms) Jabalpur (220kms) road, on the banks of the river Sankari,
among the Satpura hills and their scenic valleys, Bhoramdeo temples have a
special attraction for lovers of history and archeology. The temples were built by the
celebrated king Ramachandra of the Nag dynasty, who married Princess Ambikadevi
of the Haiya dynasty. The temples are superb examples of contemporary architecture
and have much historical, religious and archeological importance.
In an area of 5kms in the palaces of Mandwa and Madanmajri are erotic sculptures
similar to those in Khajuraho temples.
CHAMPARAN ( champajhar ) :
The village is identified with Champaranya,
the birth place of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the
Vallabh Sect for whom this place has religious sanctity. A temple was constructed in honour
of Guru Swamy Vallabhacharya. Near to this Temple, there is the temple of
This is the largest waterfall in India,
justly likened to the Niagara falls. About 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur - a one hour drive
on an excellent road - this spectacular fall is formed when the river Indravati abruptly
collapses into a 100 feet deep cavern. The mouth of the fall, when in full profusion, is over 1,000 feet wide.
The rainbow colors of the falls attracts the tourists at the first sight itself. This is the prime attraction for all
tourists and worth seeing in rainy season, between July and October.
DANTESHWARI TEMPLE :
This ancient temple is at the confluence of the Dankini and Shankini rivers,
about one and a half hours from Jagdalpur. It was built by the Chalukya kings of Bastar in honour
of their family Goddess, Devi Danteshwari, who is venerated by both Hindus and tribals in the entire
Bastar region (Danteshwari is believed to be the new name of Manikeshwari, the family Goddess of the
Naga Dynasty who preceeded the Chalukyas). The temple is divided into four parts - Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap,
Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The first two are constructed using stone. The temple itself has been constructed at
various times, but the sanctum sanctorum is believed to be more than 800 years old. A Garud Pillar has been erected in
front of the temple entrance.
This pilgrimage place, 40 km from Rajnandgaon, has the temples of Badi Bambleshwari
(on a 1600 ft hilltop) and Choti Bambleshwari (at ground level).
Thousands of pilgrims visit it during the navarathris of Kavar (during Dasshera) and Chaitra (during Ramnavmi),
to worship and enjoy the day-and-night melas (fairs) organized in the temple premises.
Dongargarh also has Chhattisgarh's only passenger ropeway .
KANGER VALLEY NATIONAL PARK :
The park is a paradise for the nature lovers.
The moist peninsular sal forests and the South Indian tropical moist deciduous forests are seen in their finest form here.
The park is situated in a transition zone where southern limit of sal forests and northern limit of sal forests and northern
limit of teak forests overlap, hence both sal and teak are seen together in this valley.
The valley is in fact one of the last pockets of almost virgin forests still left in the peninsular region.
KUTUMSAR CAVE :
Access to this subterranean cave near the Tirathgarh waterfalls ,
about 38 km from Jagdalpur, is by a narrow spiral staircase that descends about 40 feet.
As you enter, you realize what the phrase "pitch-dark" means. As your guide holds up a lamp, the stalactites
and stalagmites come alive as mystic creations of a master sculptor.
Look for a special variety of genetically blind fish here.
30 minutes from Raipur, on the banks of the Mahanadi river,
this was once an important urban centre. It has a fine group of temples,
of which the main one (Rajivalochana Temple) is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Situated at a distance of 75 kms from Raipur on the banks of the river Mahanadi,
is an important site because it was the capital of the kings of Sarabhapura and their successors in
Dakshin Kosala. It was an important centre of Buddhism from the 6th-10th centuries and was
visited by Huein Tsang, in the 7th century by Chinese pilgrim scholar. Excavations have revealed two brick temples of Buddha with on
adjoining moastery that had cells arranged around a long. Both temples house enormous images of Buddha in the earth-touching gesture.
This 300 ft high waterfall is actually situated in the Kanger Valley
National Park (about 15 minutes from the park entrance), about 35 km south of Jagdalpur.
The fall here splits into multiple falls, creating a stunning vista. While the Tirathgarh
falls are not as wide as Chitrakot, you may stand almost under them, or walk across the top
to sit on a rock rising up out of the middle. Well maintained steps lead down to the bottom.
There is a small temple on a large rock opposite the falls. All around are the ruins of a 1,000
year old, advanced, Hindu civilization. Tirathgarh makes a lovely picnic spot.