Did you know Chhattisgarh boasts of having some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the country? Infact, the Chitrakoot (also spelt, Chitrakote) Waterfalls are often referred to as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’.
This week, we look at this stunning waterfall in Chhattisgarh, in more detail
Claim to Fame: A naturally formed waterfall over a rocky overhang, this 100 foot horse-shoe shaped waterfall is one of the largest in the Country. These falls form part of the Vindhya ranges and span upto 300m wide, depending on the Season. The River Indravati, a tributary of the Narmada, flows through here. During the monsoon, when the river is in spate, the Falls remind one of the Niagara Falls in the US and hence, the name: “Niagara Falls of India.” Interestingly, the Indravati River eventually flows into the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from the majestic sight of the water cascading down, do keep your eyes on the lookout for the rainbows that form near the Falls as the sun hits the spray during the day. Watching the sun rise & set over the waterfalls is another memorable experience.
When to Visit: The monsoon months from July-October are best if one wants to take in the waterfall when they’re at their peak force and width. However, during these months, the river also carries a lot of silt making the falls look muddy brown in appearance. In the months post monsoon, one can witness clearer waters.
Chitrakoot Falls in Monsoon. Image Source
How to Get Here: Jagdalpur is the closest town and is accessible by train. Alternatively, one can fly to Raipur. From Jagdalpur, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to visit Chitrakoot.
Safety: It is safe to visit and stay here. However, one should be careful with kids and elders near the Falls, especially during monsoon as the rocks can be slippery.
Accommodation: While Raipur has several options to stay, one can also look at staying Dandami Luxury Resort managed by the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board for a night or two. The latter is at Chitrakote and the cottages offer an awesome view of the Chitrakote Falls from the room. Plus, at Rs. 2,500/night for a double occupancy room, the place is reasonably priced for the convenience and view it provides.
Dandami Luxury Resort. Image Source.
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