Waterfalls and National Parks of Chhattisgarh
Verdant greenery all around, mesmerizing water droplets bathing the leaves, birds are shaking off water from their wings after a refreshing natural shower and waterfalls cascading down into a mist- these are but a few visual treats Chhattisgarh offers during the monsoons. Winding ghats and overflowing rivers will greet you in rich natural habitats.
Chhattisgarh is a natural beauty that is also recognized for its tribal culture, and is famous for its crafts. Among the most virgin and beautiful parts of India, it offers a quality of wildlife and ethnicity that is generally not seen in other parts of the country. During the monsoon the whole of Chhattisgarh sort of comes alive and brings great vistas for wildlife and nature lovers.
Chhattisgarh boasts of many breathtaking waterfalls, which cascade down in a milky white potion during the monsoon. The birdlife, flora and fauna in the areas surrounding these waterfalls are also transformed into scenic heaven by the magical monsoon.
The pride of Chhattisgarh, and happens to be India’s best kept secret and one of India’s biggest waterfalls comparable to Niagara Falls during monsoons. Stay at the resort and enjoy stunning vistas that is located very close to the waterfall. You can also opt for staying in tents, and enjoy the privilege of staying in such close proximity to the falls. Experience divine nature as you catch a glimpse of the golden rays cascading down, illuminating the water. During the monsoons, you will be filled with wonder as the exotic bird life comes out of hiding to enjoy the peaceful showers. Experience soothing sunrises and sunsets at the waterfall or spot a stunning white crane standing in introspection!
One of the most famous eco-tourism sites in Chhattisgarh. the Chitradhara is located in the serene village of Potanar, Bastar. During the monsoon the Indravati River gushes through forested lands and rocky terrains finally falling from a height creating the waterfall. It is a mesmerizing experience to hear the water splashing into the air. The natural beauty of the Chitradhara Waterfall with its dense forests, pristine waters and lakes ranks as the top eco-tourism site during the monsoons
Another must visit waterfall during the monsoon, the Tirathgarh is a heart-stopping site Water hops over the layered rocks with a height of 300ft creating a stunning spectacle. Decorated with lush greenery, striking rock formations, small temples and brilliant views, the waterfall is perfect for picnicking and hiking
Kanger Valley National Park
Sal trees drenched in the rain, birds at their liveliest best and the virgin forest earth emanating a beautiful aroma! The Kanger Valley National Park is brimming with unique biodiversity. Enjoy an exhilarating jungle experience as it rains in this wildlife abode. Take to photography and view the exotic avifauna of the jungle. There isn’t any guarantee that you will witness a tiger on its prowl, but you can sure breathe in the fresh, wet air and soak in the picturesque surroundings.
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chhattisgarh has limitless eco-treasures to offer wildlife lovers. The breathtakingly beautiful Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife park in Chhattisgarh that houses a number of endangered animal species, including leopards, Tigers, and the wild bison.
Indravati National Park
With the Indravati River meandering through it, the Indravati National Park in Bijapur is home to many wildlife species. Along with Wild buffalo, Gaur (Indian Bison), Nilgai, Black Buck, Chausingha (Four-horned Antelope), Sambar, Chital, Indian Muntjac, Indian Spotted Chevrotain and Wild Boar, the park is also famous for the endangered Wild Asian buffalo. It’s a thrilling experience during the rainy season.
Chhattisgarh has the most unique festivals in India. One of them is the Hareli festival. As the name suggests this festival is meant to evoke the blessings of Mother Nature during the monsoons. The farmers worship cows and farm equipments for bounteous yield of crops. Neem leaves are strung together and hung at the doors to ward off diseases.
Celebrated in the month of June, this festival comes alive every year during the “Rath Yatra” in Jagdalpur. A festival of fun and frolic, it involves the tribes using a Goncha (a sort-of pistol made from bamboo) and tukki (a fruit as the bullet) to shoot at each other playfully. It totally captures the spirit of the monsoon!
What can be more exciting than celebrating the monsoon with song, dance, music and art? Held in September, the Chakradhar Samaroh of Raigarh is a growing attraction. It is a grand union of art connoisseurs and renowned celebrities. Breathtaking dance performances and music maestros create fusion to the rhythm of the incessant rain tapping on window sills.
The golden glow of the October sun casts a charm over the tribal heart of India as people dressed in vibrant colours create a beautiful rainbow across nature’s landscape. Charged with festive fervor, the people of Bastar begin preparations for the most unique of all festivals-The Bastar Dusshera. Known to be the longest and biggest Dusshera celebrated in India that goes on for 75 days, the Bastar Dusshera is an exuberant showcase of beautiful tribal traditions and ancient cultural ethos of the place.
Ravana burning at dusk in the town square, a blaze of fireworks, flames, smoke. That’s Dusshera, right? Not in Bastar. Surprisingly, Bastar celebrates Dusshera the unique way, with singing, dancing, and different rituals on different days to revere the local deity, Shri Danteshwari Mal. Every festival in Chhattisgarh is inspired by nature in countless forms and the beautiful Bastar Dusshera is no exception.
Monsoon Magic Continues
Enchanting natural beauty and a rich reserve of wild animals make Dhamtari a must visit destination during the monsoon. The famous Ravishankar Water reservoir here, also called Gangrel Dam, is famous for its sunset that attracts many picnic lovers annually. It receives tourists from all places over Chhattisgarh and other states, especially during the monsoons. During this time, the dam fills with water which then falls from the top of the dam creating a stunning vista.
The Hasdeo, Sondur, Tandula, and Dudhawa are some other dams found in Chhattisgarh.
Lush greenery, charming picturesque landscapes and breathtaking natural sites make Mainpat the most charming destination placed atop a jungle plateau. The monsoons bring colour into the hills and nature wears the spirit of cheer. Viewed from Mehta Point and Pharphatia, the valley and hills of Mainpat offers beautiful waterfalls, like Tiger Point and Machali or Fish Point. The bouncing swamp of Jaljali and the scenic Chota Jharana waterfall are an absolutely scintillating sight. Other notable sights close to this remote hill station are the beautiful Bageecha and Ramgarh.