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Top tourist places to visit in Chhattisgarh

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Places to visit in Chhattisgarh:

1. Raipur

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The capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is the largest city in the state. With more than hundreds of steel mills and six steel plants, Raipur is also one of the largest industrial centres of the country. Besides steel, it is also home to the aluminium and coal industries.

2. Bhilai

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A culturally profound city, Bhilai is mainly known for Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL), one of the largest steel plants in India.

3. Dhamtari

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Located along the banks of river Mahanadi and home to the Chalukya empire of the 14th Century, Dhamtari still preserves its tribal history, culture in tribal hamlets and different traditional art forms like music, local cuisines and dance.

4. Dantewada

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Known as Tarlapal and Dantawali in pre-historical days, and named after Goddess Danteshwari, an incarnate of Shakti, this district in Bastar region is known for its scenic beauty, rivers and for its historical importance.

5. Indravati National Park

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The only tiger reserve in the green state of Chhattisgarh, Indravati National Park boasts of a wildlife population larger than many others in the country. It is among the three royal tiger reserves this state, the other being Achanakmar and Undanti-Sitandadi tiger reserves. Deriving its name from the Indravati River in much proximity, the national park is said the be one of the best in the state.

6. Chitrakoot Falls

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Chattisgarh is one of the major ecotourism destinations in India, with a variety of waterfalls, hills, valleys and rich landscapes nuzzled into its nooks and crannies. And as far as waterfalls go, Chitrakoot is a naturally occurring waterfall in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. It is located in the western region of Jagdalpur and is one of the prime tourist attractions in and around Jagdalpur famous for its breathtaking sunsets and just the sheer enormity of the falls that will leave you spellbound as soon as you set your sights on it.

7. Mainpat

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Mainpat is an underrated hill station and an explorer’s paradise with its untouched green pastures, deep valleys, breathtaking waterfalls, dense forests, magnificent hills and untouched rivulets. The hill station hasn’t been completely commercialised yet and receives relatively smaller influx of tourists compared to its counterparts and hence is the perfect destination for you to witness mother nature in all her unadulterated glory. Mainpat is often called as Shimla of Chhattisgarh and Mini Tibet owing to its huge Tibetan population and influence over the area. The Tibetan refugees were rehabilitated in Mainpat after the Chinese invasion of Tibet and have since found a home in Mainpat. That’s another great thing about Mainpat, the confluence of cultures and diverse traditions only add to the picturesque village’s charm. A paradise for adventure loyalists and people looking to get away from their busy lives alike, you could spend hours just taking in the amazing sights and contemplating life or you could take a trek along unexplored paths and find a variety your own secret joints. Mainpat has something for everyone and then some more.

8. Charre Marre Waterfalls

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Charre Marre Waterfalls is a refreshing and offbeat place to visit in the state of Chattisgarh. The tortuous waterfall is 16 meters high and the clear water falling from such a great height is quite a sight to see. The bountiful and pristine Jogidhara river is the reason behind the birth of this mesmerizing and bubbling waterfall. The water meanders through hills and verdant trees producing ear pleasing sounds. The reservoir that forms at the bottom of the waterfall is perfect to take a dip in. The cool water will rejuvenate your soul and body. You can also dangle your feet into the small pond formed at the bottom and spend some peaceful time enjoying the picturesque beauty of this place.

9. Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National Park

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The Guru Ghasidas National Park is a beautifully protected reserve stretched into an area of 1440.71 sq kilometres. The park is one of the unique national parks in the area and is a must visit when travelling to the state of Chhattisgarh. It is located in the Koriya District of Chhattisgarh and was initially a part of the Sanjay National Park in Madhya Pradesh. However, after the formation of Chhattisgarh, 60% of the park landed in the Koriya district and this part was renamed Guru Ghasidas National Park.

10. Kanger Ghati National Park

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Known as one of the densest national parks in India, the Kanger Ghati National Park offers a rich biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, natural waterfalls, beautiful limestone caves, and home to the state bird of Chhattisgarh, Hill Myna. The park is located in the Jagdalpur, Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Spread over 200 km square, Kanger Ghati (Valley) National Park, a biosphere reserve is nestled amidst the stunning Kanger Valley which stretches for 34 km. The park consists mainly of aberrant terrain and is home to a sizeable tribal population.

11. Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

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One of the most famous tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh, the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Bar and Nawapura forest villages. It was established in the year of 1976 and is spread over a vast area of 245 sq. Km. The rich and lush vegetation caters to a broad spectrum of wildlife in this region. The landscape is mostly flat terrain with occasional low and high hillocks.

12. Tirathgarh Falls

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Tirathgarh Falls is undoubtedly one of the most frequented tourist spots of Chhattisgarh. It is one spot that provides you with a culmination of entertainment, fun, picnic and adventure. The Tirathgarh Falls are also regarded as one of the best-known picnic spots in the whole of Jagdalpur. The unique feature of these falls is that it splits into multiple falls on its way down, offering a spectacular view to its visitors. This block type waterfall plunges 300 ft in one drop. Being located within the Kanger National Park makes Tirathgarh Falls a spot of ecotourism as well. This mesmerising waterfall is also named the milky fall as the water takes on a white colour while gushing downward. There is a small temple located beside the falls, and the lush, green forest surrounds the entire region. Tourists can also climb down to the base of the fall and indulge in a bath. Two hundred ten steps are leading the way to the bottom.

13. Purkhauti Muktangan

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The Purkhauti Muktangan has been developed by the Tourism Ministry of the Chhattisgarh Government in Naya Raipur. It was inaugurated by the former president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, in November 2006. It is an open-air art museum and park which displays artefacts, habitats, folk dances and food habits of the tribals of this state. It is spread over a huge area of 18 hectares. The term ‘Purkhauti’ translates to ‘of or related to our ancestors’. The aim of this blissful garden is to provide its visitors with a glimpse of Chhattisgarh’s rich culture. On the whole, Purkhauti Muktangan makes for a fun place to visit for a family picnic or outing.

14. Bhoramdeo Temple

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The Bhoramdeo Temple bears a striking resemblance to the Sun Temple of Konark and is believed to have been constructed during the 7th to 12th century. It is popularly known as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh as it also resembles the Khajuraho Temple of Madhya Pradesh. It is the main temple among the bunch of four ancient temples in this region - Madwa Mahal, Istaliq Temple, Cherki Mahal and Bhoramdeo temple - and stands as strong as ever in the Kabirdham district. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The outstanding Nagar style of architecture and the intricately carved images are a spectacular work of art. The Bhoramdeo Temple flaunts admirably sculpted images of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, in addition to the images of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Pilgrims often stay back to savour the outstanding views that the temple has to offer, after seeking their blessings.

15. Rajim

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Rajim is considered the perfect place to witness Chhattisgarh’s rich cultural heritage. Also known as the ‘Prayag’ of Chhattisgarh, Rajim is the spot of the union of three holy rivers - Mahanadi (Chitrotpala), Pairi and Sondur. This point of meeting of these three rivers is also referred to as the ‘Triveni Sangam’. The Chhattisgarh Kumbh Mela takes place over here from Magh Poornima to Mahashivaratri every year. Pilgrims come together from several places across the country to take part in this auspicious event. The town is also home to various historical monuments that attract prominent historians.

16. Madku Dweep

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Madku dweep is a beautiful island situated near the silent river, Shivnath, in the Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. The name Madku stems out from the fact that the island is of the shape of a frog. The beauty of this island is considered to be spell-bounding. The picturesque Madku Dweep has an area of around 24 hectares and is full of greenery. The island is also famous for its ancient temples and their historical and archaeological importance.

17. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is situated in Chattisgarh, around 60 kms from Bilaspur. Categorised as a tropical deciduous forest, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is breathtakingly beautiful with the most varied flora and fauna. This tiger reserve is a part of the huge Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve, and hence, it is home to more than 600 species of different medicinal plants. The scenic Maniyari River flows right from the centre of this reserve which is the forests lifeline. Even if it’s not for a proper trail through the jungle, one can get bowled over by the beauty of this reserve in just a small trek through a few parts of this park.

18. Malhar

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Malhar is Chhattisgarh’s most historic town and is of utmost archaeological prominence. Its outstanding sculptures and ancient charm has bagged a spot for this town on the ‘Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains of National Importance’ list that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Few of the remains found in Malhar date back to 1000 century BC and are attributed to the Kalchuri regime.

19. Ghatarani Waterfalls

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Ghatarani Waterfalls is a favourite picnic spot located in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. It is also the biggest waterfalls in the state. It is set amongst thick vegetation and lush greenery, making the sight spectacular to witness. The water plunges into a natural pool. Visitors often take a dip and swim in the pool. The more adventurous visitors go for a hike in the surrounding forests and explore its flora and fauna. There is a Maa Ghatarani Temple that is also located near the falls.

20. Chirmiri

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Chirmiri is a beautiful hill station in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh. Chirimiri or Chirmiri is referred to as the ‘Jannat/Heaven of Chhattisgarh’. The lush greenery, mountains and rivers make it a perfect getaway destination for anyone looking to relax. This scenic town is also known for its coal mines. There are several temples and other notable places that are famous among tourists. Chirmiri is well connected to major cities via rail and road. Chirmiri is situated at an altitude of 579 m above sea level. It lies along the bank of Hasdeo River. The river is one of the most prominent tributaries of the Mahanadi River. The weather is pleasant all year round, and there are dense forests in the region which houses exotic flora and fauna.

21. Sirpur

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Sirpur is a small village located in the state of Chhattisgarh, situated on the banks of river Mahanadi. It is 35 km away from the Mahasamund district and around 78 km away from the city of Raipur, which is the capital of Chhattisgarh. The village of Sirpur is an archaeological wonder. Inspiration to many architects, this village is rich in its temple culture. A quaint hidden gem, it has a deep connection to the Buddhism world and a treasure for archaeological findings from the 8th century.