Ever since I and my friends went to Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh for our trip to coastal Andhra, we resolved to come back once to Bhadrachalam and visit Bastar in state of Chhattisgarh from there. The area though pristine is affected by Naxalite movement because of which the state remains underdeveloped and not many tourists visit it. Our main aim was to drive through this hitherto unknown region and visit beautiful waterfalls around it and take things as they come. We decided upon itinerary like this – Hyderabad -> Bhadrachalam -> Jagdalpur -> Bhopalpatnam -> Warangal -> Hyderabad spread over three and a half day with trips to Chitrakote falls, Tirathgarh falls and Ramappa temple near Warangal.Read More
Tourists looking for a rustic holiday should head towards Bastar district in Chhattisgarh for exploring the deep caves of Kutumsar or gazing at the awe inspiring Chitrakote and Tirathgarh falls created by the Indravati river. The surrounding area is green and the waterfalls are spectacular, especially after the monsoon season. This beautiful countryside is as yet untouched by commercialisation.
The tribes of Bastar region are known for their unique and distinctive tribal culture, arts and crafts. An area where Handicraft is most widely practiced in Bastar is Kondagaon. Kumharpara is a craft village showcasing the bell metal and terracotta crafts popular in this region. For a walk on the wild side, Kanger Valley National Park, Kutumsar caves with stalactite formations and Kailash Gufa provide ample opportunity.
Roads are fairly good from Jagdalpur (district headquarters) to nearby tourist destinations and it is well connected by road to many major cities. Railway services also connect Jagdalpur to Raipur and Vizag which are the major cities nearby. The downside is that Naxalite movement has been a deterrent for the development of tourism in this region.
Best Time to Visit: September to March
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Bhatri
Climate: Hot summers and moderate winters
Natural Wonders: Chitrakote Waterfalls, Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Kutumsar caves, Kailash Gufa
Places of Interest: Kumharpara Crafts Village
For all those who are looking for a more commercialized tourist experience, Chhattisgarh is not there yet. But if you are the kind who loves to explore the rustic and unknown then this is the place to be! With gushing waterfalls to lush greenery, deep caves to ancient temples, colorful cultures to creative crafts, this place has it all.Read More