Places To Visit In Jagdalpur

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Here are the top 10 tourist attractions to see in Jagdalpur:

1. Chitrakote Falls

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The broadest waterfall in India, Chitrakote is popularly known as the Niagara of India, because of its width. Situated in the west side of Jagdalpur in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, this waterfall originates from the Indravati river. Chitrakote Falls is at the height of about 30 metres with a width of 985 feet, and during monsoons, you can watch the falls at its full glory. The fall cascades from the top of the cliff in 3 streams during summers.

2. Tirathgarh waterfall

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places to visit in Jagdalpur

With an approximate height of 300 feet, the Tirathgarh waterfall is located in the Kanger Valley National Park. A white cascade, this is one of Jagdalpur’s important attractions. The falls is also well known as ‘The Milky Falls’ due to its appearance. Tirathgarh waterfall drops down to form a pool at the bottom which is perfect for swimming, paddle boating and bathing. Best enjoyed during the monsoon season when the water gushes down at a fast pace, Tirathgarh is also tranquil and beautiful rest of the year. The bank of the pool has a small shrine of Lord Shiva where locals pray. Around 400 mossy steps will lead you to this bathing pool of the falls, surrounded by dense forests. Be it summer, winter or monsoon, be it, locals or tourists, Tirathgarh is a perfect picnic spot if you’re near Jagdalpur.

3. Dalpat Sagar

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The biggest artificial lake of Chhattisgarh, Dalpat Sagar is a 400-year-old lake built primarily to harvest rainwater, now also being used mainly for fishing and tourism. There is an artificial island built in the middle of the lake for tourists to enjoy picnics; it has a light tower, a musical fountain and even a temple surrounded by the pristine nature. The government has also started boating facilities for tourists so that one can soak in the gorgeous sunsets. Spread over an area of 350 hectares, this lake was built by Raja Dalpat Deo Kakatiya so that the collected rainwater could be used for different purposes like irrigation, washing and drinking. The surroundings of the lake have some rare and beautiful flora and fauna too. Dalpat Sagar can be visited at any time of the year. It's a perfect picnic spot if you're in Jagdalpur.

4. Kanger Valley National Park

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Established in 1982, the Kanger Valley National Park derived its name from the Kanger river. Being so rich in biodiversity, it was declared as an Asian Biosphere Reserve and is a haven for every nature lover. With fauna like the tiger, barking deer, bear, hyena, jackal, bear, black buck, langoor, wolf and many reptiles among others, and flora like algae and fungi, this national park is a small forest in itself. Home to some of the most glorious waterfalls, caves and ponds of Chhattisgarh, the Kanger park makes for great day trips from Jagdalpur. The 35-kilometre long park is the most popular attraction of Bastar. You can enjoy family or friends picnics here in any month of the year. During monsoons, the waterfalls can be seen gushing heavily, during the winters, you can walk through the second longest natural cave in the world and during summers, you can take a dip at the many ponds formed below the waterfalls and get refreshed.

5. Kutumsar Caves

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Located near Tirathgarh falls, the Kailash and Kutumsar caves are underground caves situated 35 meters below ground level. With a length of two kilometres, these are considered to be the second longest natural caves in the world. With incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites, the caves contain five chambers. There is one stalagmite formation in the shape of a shivalinga towards the end of the cave. The Kailash and Kutumsar are only accessible until a certain extent because of the lack of oxygen. This natural cave surrounded by the dense Kanger National Park is a sight to behold.

6. Danteshwari Temple

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As the name suggests, this is a temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, the deity of earlier Kakatiya rulers, also known as an incarnation of Shakti. Built in the 14th century, the temple was constructed in a typical South Indian style architecture. Chiselled out of black stone, the idol of the Goddess is supposed to possess divine powers. Every year during Dusshera, all the tribals and locals from surrounding towns and villages come to this temple to pay respect to the Goddess. Situated in the middle of a spacious courtyard with beautiful pillars, the temple has four parts that a visitor can explore. An important spiritual centre, the temple is known to represent the cultural and religious beliefs and history of the Bastar region. Every year during Dusshera several people gather in the Temple to offer homage to the idol of the goddess. The temple has a great architecture and sculptural wealth, making it one of the best spiritual centres in the state of Chhattisgarh. Devotees from different parts of the country visit here to imbibe the blessings of goddess Danteshwari.

7. Venkateshwara Swamy Temple

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Popularly known as the Balaji temple, the members of Andhra Association have established the Venkateshwara Swamy temple. Dedicated to Lord Balaji or Shri Venkateshwara Swamy, the lord of the universe, this temple was built by the efforts of many devotees who wished to pray to the lord easily and closer to their home. Every day locals and tourists can be seen paying homage to the sacred shrine of the lord. The temple architecture is a typical South Indian style and is very impressive. Initially a famous pilgrimage destination for only locals, today this temple attracts visitors and Hindu pilgrims from all over.

8. Anthropological Museum

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The Zonal Anthropological museum was established in Jagdalpur in 1972, to provide an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the Bastar tribe. The museum has a brilliant and well-curated collection of ethnographic items that shed light on the life of Bastar tribes. Artworks depicting their daily life, sculptures, a variety of objects like clothes, footwear, headgear, ornaments, wood carvings, weapons, utensils and masks among many others can be seen here. It is an excellent window to gain an understanding of the lifestyle of ‘Adivasis’ of Bastar. Whether or not you’re a history buff, this museum is sure to raise your curiosity into the life and culture of tribals.

9. Bastar Palace

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Dating back to prehistoric times, the Bastar palace used to be the chief administrative building of the Bastar district. Constructed by the kings of Bastar, this palace is a famous tourist destination today. Home to some of the most beautiful figurines, etchings and drawings on the ceilings and walls, tourists are known to be transported back to prehistoric times when kings lived here, administrating the entire district. With wide corridors and a beautiful garden in the front, the palace makes for a perfect day trip from Jagdalpur. There are many artefacts like ornaments, weapons and clothes turning the palace into a kind of museum for visitors to gain more in-depth knowledge. Make the saying ‘Live like a king’ come true by visiting here for a day and live like a king.

10. Chitradhara Falls

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One of the most beautiful picnic spots for the locals and tourists around Jagdalpur, the Chitradhara fall is like a gorgeous white cascade of water gushing down the hill. Situated in the small and remote village of Potanar, the Chitradhara fall takes the form of a horseshoe. The water here is seen to be gushing down at a breakneck and exciting pace, making it an excellent spot for outdoor and adventure lovers looking for an adrenaline rush. Not as glorious and big like the Chitrakote falls, Chitradhara is less popular and gives the tourist an experience of a remote village, being surrounded by serenity. A perfect family picnic spot, the Chitradhara waterfall sees locals and tourists flocking here for day trips.

FAQs on Jagdalpur

What are the top sightseeing places in Jagdalpur?

The top sightseeing places in Jagdalpur are Chitrakote Falls, Tirathgarh waterfall, Dalpat Sagar, Kanger Valley National Park, Kutumsar Caves, Danteshwari Temple.

How can I commute within Jagdalpur?

Jagdalpur has limited local public transport, and the bus system within the city is not very reliable. For tourists, it is more convenient and hassle-free to take an auto rickshaw to commute around the town. To reach destinations that are located outside the city, you can hire taxis for the day from your hotel, or one of the many taxis hire services around the city.
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Can you suggest an itinerary for Jagdalpur?

Day 1: Arrive in Jagdalpur in the morning and settle into your hotel. Walk to some of the main attractions in the city like the Danteshwari Temple, Mavli Temple, Jagannath Temple and Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple which are renowned for their beautiful architecture and are some of the most popular temples in the area. The Bastar Palace is another major attraction you can visit in the evening. This palace was the capital of the Kingdom of Bastar and the royal family still resides there.

Day 2: The next morning, proceed to the Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur which chronicles the history of the tribes of Jagdalpur and has various rare items and artefacts some of which were recovered from archaeological digs and some were donated by tribal leaders. The museum also has displays detailing how various tribal groups live and celebrate festivals. In the evening, visit the Dalpat Sagar Lake and enjoy the boating and fishing trips while you gaze into the sunset.

Day 3: The next morning, leave for one of the many attractions that surround Jagdalpur like Chitrakot Falls, Teerathgarh Falls or the Kanger Ghati National Park and immerse yourself in nature.
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