Chhattisgarh is one of the newly created States in the central part of India. It is surrounded by Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls and winding rivers, offer a feast to the eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the State’s land surface. In addition to that is the lure of exotic tribal life of the State that acts as a magnet to attract the tourists.
Most attractive tourist spots of Chhattisgarh
Kawardha is a small age-old tour that offers breathtaking views of nature and rich tribal life. The royal palace of Kawardha introduces the visitors to some finer glimpses of Indian royalty. The palace was built in 1936-37.
Bhoramdeo Mandwa Mahal and Madan Manjari Mahal are other places worth a visit in Kawardha.
Bhoramdeo is often referred to as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh because of its carved erotic sculptures. The temple is built in Nagar style. The Shiva Linga in the temple is a beautiful piece of architecture. The outer walls of the temple are adorned with 54 erotic sculptures in various poses.
Champaran is a worth-visiting town that was the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya. Here the birth anniversary of the revered saint is celebrated every year in April-May. And a large conglomeration of people witnesses this occasion.
Kanker is a thousand-year-old town that offers a splendid combination of forest, waterfalls, and exquisite tribal villages for the amusement of tourists. The palace at Kanker is still resided by the ex-royal family of the area. The palace attracts a large number of tourists.
Bastar is tribal land. It sends a wild invitation to the lovers of wildlife to explore the forests with waterfalls, wild animals, age-old temples, tribal dances, and music. It is one of the most important eco-tourism destinations in the country.
Seorinarayan is a tourist spot that is associated with the legends of the Ramayana. The place derives its name from Shabari, a tribal woman who served Lord Rama and Sita while they were living in exile. Here is the Nara Narayan Temple with figures from Hindu mythology carved on them. Some consider that it was built in the 10th or 11th century and older than the temple of Jagannath in Puri. The annual festival held here attracts a large number of visitors from across the country.
Chitrakot Falls is a horseshoe-shaped waterfall about 100 feet (30 m) in height. The noise created by the falls is so loud that it is almost impossible to hear anybody’s voice behind the sound of the waterfalls. Moreover, one can often spot the beautiful birds sitting at the corner of these waterfalls, adding to the beauty of the place.
Indravat National Park boasts of being the only tiger reserve in the State of Chhattisgarh. One can spot a wide variety of wildlife here.
Apart from these, the State boasts of three National Parks and eleven Wildlife Sanctuaries with a multitude of wildlife. Among these, Kangerghati National Park and Achanakmar Sanctuary are important tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Some endangered species like wild buffalo and hill myna are spotted here.