The broadest waterfall in India, Chitrakot is popularly known as the Niagara of India, because of its horseshoe-like shape. Situated in the west side of Jagdalpur in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, this waterfall originates from the Indravati river. Chitrakote Falls is at the height of about 30 metres with a width of 985 feet, and during monsoons, you can watch the falls at its full glory. A major attraction below the fall is the shrine of Lord Shiva with many small Shiva lingas. During the low season, locals and tourists are seen to be swimming, bathing or even using paddle boats on the river. This scenic beauty is sure to stun you in awe.
The waterfall is sourced from the Indravati river which flows westwards towards Jagdalpur and cascades down from a descent of 30m from the top of the cliff in 3 streams during summers, but the falls stretch over the whole width of 300 meters and plunge down as a magnanimous blanket of glorious roaring water during monsoon months when the river Indravati is at its maximum flow capacity. When you see the sheer force with which the water descends from the cliff and strikes the underlying surface engulfing everything that sets path in its course in a white mist, you will see that it has rightly been nicknamed the Niagara Falls of India, it is also around one-third the width of Niagara Falls. All in all Chitrakoot is perfect for day picnics, stunning panoramic views or just some time away from the commotion of the cities for detoxing amidst nature.
Attractions: Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls, Mendri Ghoomar Waterfall, Kanger Valley National Park, Kutumsar Cave, Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Danteshwari Temple, Bastar Palace, etc…
Nearby places: Jagdalpur, Raipur, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Dantewada, etc…
Best Time to visit: July to October
Peak Season: April to June
How to Reach
- By Air: The nearest airport is the Raipur airport around 285 kilometers from the water falls.
- By Rail: The closest station is the Jagdalpur railway station, you can get a shared taxi or a private taxi from the station up to the falls.
- By Road: The cheapest way to get to the falls are the state run buses that ply from Jagdalpur to Chitrakoot falls, there are around 4-5 buses running everyday and take upto 2 hours to cover a distance of 38 kilometers.
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