Chhattisgarh is one of the 29 states of India located in central east region. Chhattisgarh Tourism offers panoramic views of rich forest covers, rare wildlife and ancient monuments.
A heavily forested state of India, Chhattisgarh owns a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. The state has 41.33% of its area under forest and posses one of the richest bio-diversity of the country. The history of the state lies back to the times of Hindu epic “Ramayana”. The ancient name of the state was ‘Kosal’, the maternal hometown of Lord Rama. Till today, major part of the state remains untouched and unexplored. They provide a charismatic and soulful experience to tourist seeking uniqueness and peace. With more than 10 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, it becomes the perfect destination for Eco-Tourism. Chhattisgarh Tourism also provides fascinating experience to history lovers with its exquisitely carved temples, caves and rock paintings.
Chhattisgarh holds more than 40 world famous waterfalls in its lap. The Chitrakote falls situated in the Bastar district are the widest fall in India. Often, they are known as “Niagara Falls of India” due to their height and wide spread. Beside Chitrakote, many other famous falls like Teerathgarh, Mandwa and Ghumar falls are also present in Bastar District. Also, Sarguja and Dantewada districts of the state are abode to famous falls like Malangir, Tiger Falls, Dev Pravah and many more. Moreover, famous Amritdhara falls in Korea District are worth watching for there mesmerizing beauty.
Mysterious Caves and Archaeological Sites
Chhattisgarh Tourism has a lot to offer Historians and History lovers. Its unexplored caves, archaeological sites and mysterious rock paintings provide a feast to hungry historians and archaeologists. Only 5 years ago, archaeologists have discovered an 1100 year old idol of Lord Ganesha atop Dholkaal Hills in Dantewada District. Although, the history behind this idol is still a mystery that is waiting to get resolved. Kutumsar caves located in Jagdalpur District are also a famous pilgrimage attraction. These limestone caves are abode to rare biodiversity including blind fish, crickets and bacterias. There are many more caves within 5 km radius of Kutumsar caves that are worth exploring. Archaeologists have discovered many rock paintings inside these caves.
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuary
Rarest biodiversities of the world are dwelling in dense forests of Chhattisgarh. Only a month ago, the extinct species of Black Panther or ‘Bagheera’ has been spotted in Kanger Valley National Park of Chhattisgarh. Lush green forests of Koriya District are the only place where the last known ‘Asiatic Cheetah’ has been spotted. Although, there are total three national parks and seven wildlife sanctuaries. Most popular of them are:
- Kanger Valley National Park
- Indravati National Park
- Guru Ghasidas National Park
- Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Ancient Temples and Monuments
Many exquisitely carved temples and monuments here are standing proudly to represent the vast history of their land and culture. Sirpur village located near Mahasamund District vividly shows the blend of Hindu and Buddhist Culture. The village has famous Laxman Temple which came out after excavations. However, the temple rests on a pedestal like structure and known to be of 5th century. Kalchuri Kings of 4th- 5th century constructed the famous temple of Bhoramdev. The temples are located near Kawardha in Kabirdham district. Also, they are widely called as Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh. Although, there are more than hundred historical temples situated here. Some of them are Bamleshwari Temple atop dongargarh hills, Danteshwari Temple and Maa Chandrahasini Temple.
Alluring River Beaches and Islands
Though, Chhattisgarh does not have any sea coast but giant river Mahanadi along with her tributaries flows all through the regions of state. Department of Chhattisgarh Tourism has developed the banks of River Sakari into exquisite beaches and romantic resorts. Madku Dweep is an island located amidst River Shivnath. The island is famous for its exasperating beauty and peace.