India is blessed with a lot of natural beauties, and the waterfalls act as the catalyst in the beauty. One of the rarely known and Indias one of the best secretly kept waterfalls is Chitrakote Falls known as the Niagara Falls of India. The place gives an amazing view of natural beauty with dense forest and tall trees. Nearby places which are also good tourist spots are Tirathgarh Waterfall and Kanger Ghati National Park.
Chitrakote Falls are natural waterfalls, located west to the Jagdalpur in Bastar district in Chhatisgarh. It is one of the fabulous sites to see a natural beauty.
About Chitrakote Falls
The beautiful Chitrakote Falls is present on Indravati River which is a tributary of the River Godavari. The height of the waterfall is about 29 meters (95 ft) and wides up to 150 meters in a rainy season makes it the widest fall in India. Often known as the Niagara Falls of India presents in the Vindhya range.
The river originates from the Ghats of Dandakaranya range from the village Mardiguda in Kalahandi district of Odisha. The river unites with the Godavari at the borders of three states- Chattisgarh, Telangana, Maharashtra.
Mythological Significance Of Indravati River
There is an interesting Hindu mythological story behind the formation of River Indravati. Once the place was covered with dense forest. Champa and Chandan trees cover the large area and spread the fragrance to the whole forest.
Lord Indra get attracted to the place and reached there with Indrani from heaven. They stayed there and enjoyed the beauty of nature. There was a nearby village Sunabeda (Nuapada district) where he met with gorgeous girl Udanti. They fall in love and thus Indra decided to stay there. When Indrani comes to know about it, she feels asunder. When she discussed the matter with villagers, she gets irritated and pours scorn on Indra and Udanti, that they never meet and herself stayed there as Indravati River. Indra and Udanti rivers also flow there but without meeting each other.
Geological Facts About Waterfall
It is classified as Geomorphosites (Geoheritage sites with geomorphological interest). The place has some unique biodiversity. Beside Chitrakote Falls there are five other waterfalls that are classified as Geomorphosites. Many research and discussions take place by geologists over the geology and biodiversity of the place at the national and international platform. Received support from various international institutions like United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG).
The fall is in the shape of a horseshoe. The verge of the waterfall varies, the level of water drastically goes down during summer and during monsoon, the river approaches the bank. The surrounding area has dense forests thus are the best spot for adventure buffs.
It changes its color according to the season. In monsoon, because of the presence of silt, it attains brown shade. During the summer season, it is white and clear.
How To Reach…?
Jagdalpur is a well-developed city and has good connectivity with rest of the state. Frequent buses and taxies (Jeeps) are available to reach the waterfall which is about 40 Km from the west of Jagdalpur.
Best Time To Visit The Waterfall
The wildness of the waterfall can be seen during July to October. The breathtaking noise is so attractive. It attains the width of about 150 meters during monsoon. If you are interested in enjoying calm, then the best time to visit the waterfall is from October to February.
We tried to cover an as much possible aspect to unleashed the secret beauty of nature in the eastern state of India Chattisgarh. All suggestions and queries are welcome by the readers.