There are so many places which are worth visiting in Bastar District. Further, there are several unexplored destinations too. The important tourist places in Bastar District are Chitrakot and Tiratgarh water falls, Kotamsar and Kailash caves, Kanger Valley National Park, etc. Indravati National Park, known for tigers and wild buffaloes is situated at a distance of 200 kms, west of Jagdalpur, is another place of worth seeing. The other key attractions of Bastar District include Danteshwari Temple, Bastar Palace, Anthropological Museum and a couple of beautiful lakes. This district of Chhattisgarh offers pilgrimage as well as nature tourism options to the visitors.
Nature Tourism in Bastar District
Lakes: The two prominent lakes of Bastar District are Ganga Munda and Dalpat Sagar located within the boundary of Jagdalpur town. These lakes are of great attraction for the tourists.
Chitrakot Waterfall: Chitrakot, the gorgeous waterfall is on river Indravati River, situated at a distance of 38 kms in the west of Jagdalpur. Height of this waterfall is approximately 100 ft. The Chitrakot waterfall is considered as the smaller form of the world famous Niagara Falls. This is the prime attraction for all tourists. It is worth seeing in rainy season, between July and October.
Tiratgarh Waterfall: This waterfall is situated at a distance of 35 kms from Jagdalpur in south west direction. The waterfall is actually situated in Kanger Valley National Park and the height is approximately 300 ft. The best season for visiting it is in between October to February.
Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa: These are a biggest tourist attraction, and are close to Tiratgarh waterfall. Both Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa are located in Kanger Valley National Park and situated at distances of 38 kms and 40 kms from Jagdalpur respectively.
Kanger Valley National Park: This Park is considered as a paradise for the nature lovers. The park is situated in a transition zone where southern limit of sal forests and northern limit of teak forests overlap. The Park derives its name from the Kanger River which flows throughout its length. There are many scenic spots along this perennial stream. Other bigger tourist attractions are the Kotamsar Caves, Kailash Caves, and limestone Caves etc.
In Bastar District., there are a chain of waterfalls and many other tourist places. The Mandawa waterfalls are located 12 kms away from Tokapal of Jagdalpur Tehsil. Another waterfall in Bastar district is Chitradhara, which is just 19 kms away from Jagdalpur.
Besides these there is the Danteshwari Temple. It is an ancient temple built by the kings of Bastar and it was dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari. This temple is located beside Bastar palace. It is worth seeing during Dussehra festival season. At this temple, the main traditional functions of the festivals are being carried out.
Travellers can also explore the Bastar Palace. It is other historical remains that are seen in Jagdalpur. It was the head quarters of Bastar Kingdom. It was built by the rulers of Bastar when the capital of Bastar kingdom had been shifted from Barsur to Jagdalpur. It reflects the rich historical past of the district.
How to Reach Bastar District
Jagdalpur the district head quarters of Bastar District is well connected by roads to other cities of Chhattisgarh. It is connected with the state capital, Raipur in the north by the National Highway (NH - 49) and the distance is approximately 300 kms. However, there is limited railway facility at Jagdalpur.
Bastar District offers complete joy of tourism with the beautiful scenes of nature.