Take a hilly area, full of dense forests. Add in a whole lot of rivers. And you have the perfect recipe for waterfalls! Yes, Chhattisgarh has India's finest waterfalls, comparable to the best in the world. Picnic near them, frolic in them, or just stand nearby and drink in their beauty.
- Chitrakot Waterfall
- Tiratgarh Waterfall
- Mandawa Waterfall
- Chitrashara Waterfall
- Thamada Ghumar Waterfall
- Mendri Ghoomar Waterfall
- Bodhghat Saath Dhara, Dantewada
- Malanjhkudum Waterfalls, Kanker
- Charre-Marre Waterfall, Kanker
- Amrit Dhara Waterfall, Koriya
- Ramdaha Waterfall, Koriya
- Gavar Ghat Waterfall, Koriya
- Akuri Nala, Koriya
- Pawai Waterfall, Surguj
- Kendai Waterfall, Surguj
- Rajpuri Waterfall, Jashpur
- Danpuri Waterfall, Jashpur
- Rani Dah Waterfall, Jashpur
Chitrakot Waterfall 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. Chitrakot is a horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. If you want to take photographs, the light is best in the afternoons.
Tiratgarh Waterfall 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 Tiratgarh 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. Tiratgarh makes a lovely picnic spot. The best time to visit is from October to February.
Mandawa Waterfall About 12 km from Tokapal of Jagdalpur.
Chitrashara Waterfall About 19 km from Jagdalpur, in Potanar village.
Thamada Ghumar Waterfall A recently discovered waterfall, more than 100 feet high, this is flanked by green fields on both sides.
Mendri Ghoomar Waterfall A small but pretty waterfall, about 24 km from Chitrakot. The view of the deep valley below and virgin forest beyond is spectacular. It is a lovely picnic spot. Check with locals for the haat (market) at Mardum village between Barsoor and Chitrakot.
Bodhghat Saath Dhara, Dantewada Waterfall 6 km from Barsoor, the river Indrawati splits into 7 parts to form one small waterfall, Saath Dhara. This has lovely views of the river and is a very peaceful picnic spot. Avoid visiting Barsoor on the day of the haat (market) as the market place is close to the temple and the tranquillity gives way to noise and activity.
Malanjhkudum, Kanker Waterfall These 3 falls, 10, 15 and 9 meters in height, 15 km from Kanker, on the Doodh river, make for a superb picnic spot. There is a road to the falls.
Charre-Marre, Kanker Waterfall A 16 meter high, zig zag waterfall on the Jogi river, 17 km from Antagarh, on the way to Aamabera.
Amrit Dhara, Koriya Waterfall This beautiful natural waterfall on the Hasdo River is about seven km from Nagpur on the Manendragarh-Baikunthpur Road. About 80-90 feet high and 10-15 feet wide, it creates a beautiful misty ambience. There is a Shiva Temple here too. In 1936, Ramanuj Pratap Singh Judeo, the King of Koriya State, started a mela (fair) here on Mahashivratri, and the practice is followed till today.
Getting There: The nearest railway station is Manendragarh. From here, take a bus or taxi to Nagpur, and hire a taxi to the fall. Alternately, from Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Nagpur, and hire a taxi to the fall.
Ramdaha, Koriya Waterfall This natural waterfall on the Banas river, near Bhavarkhoh village, is about 160 km from Baikunthpur. About 100-120 feet high and 20-25 feet wide, it is surrounded by forests and rocks.
Getting There: The nearest railway station is Manendragarh. From here, take a bus or taxi to Bhavarkhoh village via Kelhari and Chutki Village (Jankpur Road), and walk 2 km to the fall.
Gavar Ghat, Koriya Waterfall This beautiful natural waterfall on the Hasdo River is about 40 km from Baikunthpur and 5 km from Tarra village. About 50-60 feet high and 10 feet wide, it is in an area full of forests and rocks. Getting There: From Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Katgodi, 15 km along on the Sonhat road. 20 km further down is Tarra village, and from there it's another 5 km to the fall.
Akuri Nala, Koriya Waterfall This is a small waterfall about 65 km from Baikunthpur, near Bansipur village, in an area surrounded by rocks and forests. Even in summer, the area is cold, giving it the sobriquet of "the natural air conditioner of Koriya". Getting There: From Baikunthpur, take a bus or taxi to Aklasari on the Sonhat road. From there it's about 12 km to the fall.
Pawai, Surguj Waterfall This natural waterfall flows through the year and is a popular picnic spot.
Kendai, Surguj Waterfall This natural waterfall is on the Bilaspur road.
Rajpuri, Jashpur Waterfall An attractive waterfall and popular picnic spot.
Danpuri, Jashpur Waterfall This picturesque waterfall is in the middle of the forest.
Rani Dah, Jashpur Waterfall A popular picnic spot, situated amidst hilly forests.