#XploreBharat visits India’s Niagara- The Chitrakote WaterFalls

Where shall I be going today? This had become a natural question cropping in my thoughts for the past 57 days. And today, on the eve of the final day of #XploreBharat, I ask myself as I write this post- ‘Where should I take them now?’ As I think, my thoughts turn towards this long forgotten place which I had visited before my marriage… around a decade ago. So, let me take you on the journey of ‘India’s Niagara- The Chitrakote Waterfalls’.

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CHITRAKOTE WATERFALLS

Situated in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh, it is the widest waterfall of India. The height of this waterfall is 95ft and width around 985ft. This waterfall is on River Indravati and is known for its beauty especially during the monsoon season. The river has a high flow due to the rain and it gushes over the cliff to give a sight which captivates the spectators.

HOW TO REACH

One can reach Chitrakote via road. There is no airport or railway station in Chitrakote.

The nearest airport is Raipur Airport but it is around 300km from Chitrakote. The nearest railway station is in the neighbouring city of Jagdalpur.  One can hire a cab from there to travel 38kms to reach the waterfalls.

Waterfalls of Chitrakote
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WHERE TO STAY

There are mostly government-owned resorts around the banks of the river where one can stay but, do not expect a very luxurious affair. Maybe the things must have improved considerably now, but it was very basic during the times when we visited.

For food, you will find many eateries near the falls but proper restaurants are still rare in that place.

THINGS TO DO

There are many things to do around in Jagdalpur city. The historical monuments and various temples in and around this city are truly marvellous. However, I saw all these things in passing as we had come to visit the waterfalls in particular. There are few sets of caves as well in and near Jagdalpur. And how can we forget the Kanger Valley National Park. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to visit them.

WHEN TO VISIT

The waterfalls look best during the monsoon season as I have written earlier. One can visit in between June to September. In other seasons the water in the river recedes. Still, I have heard that the sight is better in Winter compared to summers. They say the water reduces considerably in summer.

Waterfall in XploreBharat
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THE BEAUTY OF CHITRAKOTE

The waterfalls are a beautiful sight and I was fortunate enough to see them in their full glory. When seen from the front, you can witness the complete expanse of this waterfall. Standing at an angle where I could see the complete waterfall in front of me, I realized it was really wide. Shaped in the form of a horseshoe, the waterfall is an epitome of beauty.  

The huge amount of water gushing over the cliff to plunge straight down was a pleasant shock. I had never seen such a huge waterfall before and so I couldn’t imagine this enormous quantity of water falling straight down. The sound of the waterfall was music to my ears. As we waited for our teachers for arranging some boats to give us a ride near the waterfall, we walked around the area.

Rainy Season- Waterfall in Chitrakote
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TIP: It is advisable to not bring elderly people and kids to visit, as the rocks are quite slippery.

There are few shops near the entrance selling handicrafts made by the tribal people of that area. As we explored the terrain around the waterfall we came across few Shivlings. The guide along with us said that there are many Shivlings and tridents near the waterfall as well. Most of them can be seen clearly when the water recedes during the summer or winter seasons.

We climbed the boats after a while and the boatmen took us near the waterfall. It has been so many years, yet that moment is still fresh in my mind. This waterfall has a straight plunge which creates a mist around with water droplets. As it was the afternoon time, the rays of sun caught in these water droplets gave an effect of a rainbow.

Rainbow over Water
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Young as we were, we got so excited to see the rainbows appearing and disappearing in the mist. The boatmen didn’t take us very near to the waterfall as they said that it is the beginning of the rainy season and the water sometimes suddenly increases. Concerning our safety, even our teachers asked them to turn back the boat. However, the boatmen were kind enough to give us a tour of the river till the other side as well.

After an hour or so, we were back on land. We clicked many pictures as we laughed and giggled around the waterfalls until it was time to go back to our hotel.

TIP: The Waterfalls are open from 6.30am in the morning to 6.30pm in the evening. So plan road travel accordingly.

MY TAKE:

Chitrakote Waterfalls are best in their own element. They are part of the beautiful memories of my college life and hence it holds a special place in my heart.

Chitrakote Waterfalls

 

The next stop of #XploreBharat will be Andaman & Nicobar with Pragun.

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  1. wow post on India’s Niagara, have heard its beautiful to see the fall. thanks for sharing the pictures so can visualise it.

    1. So glad that you liked it Pragun 🙂

  2. Great post with detailed info and pics. So much natural beauty in India and so much to cover.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

    1. Couldnt agree with you more Manas. India is indeed very beautiful

  3. Wow! The falls do look spectacular! Thank you for writing this amazing post!

    1. Glad that you liked it 🙂

  4. Lovely write up and I had no idea that they are called india’s niagra falls. Your pictures totally seem to prove that! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yeah India’s Niagara.. that is how the waterfalls are being promoted 🙂 Thanks for reading.

    1. Ya.. Quite wide. isnt it? :))

  5. I had been here when I was a kid and blissfully forgot about it. Until I read this post. My Maa says it was beautiful back then and your pictures shows it beauty today.

    1. Oh Wow… M so happy to know that :)))

  6. I think, I should visit this place once. Thanks for introducing me to this place.

    1. Yes.. Please do visit it 🙂

  7. Wow… And the photos…. What a fab place

    1. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  8. I have heard about this waterfall but didn’t know the details. The pics look stunning especially the rainbow one.

    1. M so glad that you liked it :))

  9. Such lovely pictures, the falls are really beautiful. I haven’t been either to Niagara or to Chitrakote, but nature is abundant and makes all places so beautiful.

    1. So true. We are after places which are well traveled and having lots of visits per year but sometime these untouched ones are most beautiful in all.

  10. A beautiful place and a wonderful article! Have to visit here now

    1. Oh you should definitely do that 🙂

  11. Seems to be a beautiful, adventurous place. Thanks for the virtual tour:)

    1. M so glad that you liked it 🙂

  12. Beautiful. My bua went to see this and was very excited. Now during my next trip to nagpur I will also plan. As nagpur-jblpr is close by.

    1. Arey Wah… Thats great, Do let me know of your experience 🙂

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