Climate condition : Bordering with Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh is located in central India.
Best time to visit : October to March
Thing to do
The richest biological place in the country, Chhattisgarh is paradise for Eco tourists. As the 44% of the total area of the state is forest, the opportunity to enjoy oodles of nature viewing is immense. While being at this naturally richest state of India, one needs to feel in authority to enjoy eco activities like visit to many of famous archaeological sites, excursion and sightseeing at many of the scenic waterfalls, dense forest exploration, wildlife viewing, temple sightseeing and popular caves viewing.
Places of Interests
Bastar : Once the largest district of India, half of the Bastar today is shrouded by forest full of trees like Bamboo, Sal, Teak and Seesam. Infact the whole region is home to several of forests, hills, mountains, caves, waterfalls and parks. While being at famous Dalpat Sagar lake, boating, fishing and sunset viewing are the best activity to enjoy.
Bilaspur : History of this 2nd largest town of Chhattisgarh dates 400 years back. Here, beautiful dams like Kuthghat dam and Khadia dam are the prime picnic spots due to its wonderful natural milieu.
Jashpur : Home to Oraon tribe, Jashpur is another sightseeing place famous for its natural beauty. Waterfalls like Rajpuri, Danpuri and Ranidah waterfalls are in locus of beautiful and natural surrounding inviting Eco lovers to have good treat. A visit to rock-cut cave of Kailsah Gupta is another attraction of Jashpur.
Janjgir-Champa :The whole region boasts of being abode to abundance of temples like Vishnu Mandir, Pitampur Shiv Mandir, Madanpurgarh Devi Mandir, Paharia Tripur Sundar Devi, Shivarinarayan Laxminarayan Temple, Turridham Shiva Temple and many others.
Kanker : This small pocket of hills is located between Raipur and Jagdalpur. Eco lovers have to a lot to explore here as the famous Gadia mountain is home to few of beautiful caves, lakes, ponds and waterfalls, where Eco tourist can hang out. Beside waterfall like Malanjhkudum waterfall with its wonderful natural setting is the best picnic spot of the town.
Koriya : Earlier a princely state, Koriya is today one of the major Eco spot of the state. Waterfalls like Amritdhara waterfall, Ramdaha waterfall, Gavarghat waterfall and Akuri Nala are worth scenic forming a great joy for nature lovers.
Eco attraction/Eco excursion
As the state owns 12% of all forests of the country, the reason for its being naturally filthy rich is palpable. Abode to numerous waterfalls, lakes, temples, hills and mountains and, forests, Chhattisgarh has reason to draw eco-tourists from all over.
For Eco lovers touring Tripura, there is immense to offer as two third of the forest is abode to two wildlife sanctuaries, many of the lakes and hills, which put travellers at enough fascination of its natural beauty. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary has more than 150 species of birds and many species of wild animals. A walk through its untouched forest make one enjoy the stark serenity of the park.
Three national parks and 11 wildlife sanctuaries are there in the state to boast of its wildlife assets. Parks like Kanger Valley National Park, Barnawapara, Sitanadi, Udanti and Achanakmar Sanctuaries still lie in its virginal state and fascinates wildife lovers with its amazing beauty. Visiting these park may assure you seeing rare wild inhabitant like Wild Buffalo and Hill Myena. Other wild inhabitants that you can view are Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Sambar, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Chital and Nilgai.
Waterfalls are indeed the best thing to watch while on tour to Chhattisgarh. Numerous of waterfalls invite Eco lovers to witnessing its breathtaking natural beauty and enjoy heaps of excursion. Along with deep forests, many of the hills and mountains of Chhatiishgarh draw adventure tourists for popular Eco activities like trekking, rock-climbing and mountaineering. Moreover, visit to many of famous temples and rock-cut caves portray the rich cultural and historical significance of the state.
To encourage tourism and put eco-tourists at utmost ease, Forest Department of the state recognises three main circuits: Raipur Turturai Sirpur, Bilaspur Achanakmar and Jagdalpur Kanger Valley National Park. During weekends, Forest Department organises trips to these beautiful hill and forest tracts. Discovering these rich geographical locations enable a splendid opportunity for nature viewers and eco-travellers to enjoy eco-excursion like trekking, wildlife exploration and, lake and waterfall viewing.
By Air : : Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, has domestic airport having regular air link with cities like Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal and Jabalpur.
By Rail : Being a junction on the route of South-Eastern Railway, Raipur is very well connected to other part of the country.
By Road : National Highway 6 connects Raipur to other major locations of the country.
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Important Tourist Information Centre
- Hotel Maurya G E Road, Near Taj Talkie Raipur-492001 Ph: 91-771-2526001/2/4
- Hotel Midtown M G Road Raipur-492001 Ph: 91-771-2535392/93/94
- Hotel Allnear Rishabh Complex, M G Road Raipur-492001 Ph: 91-771-2539832
- Chhattishgarh Tourism Board Paryatan Bhawan, I G Road Raipur (Chhattishgarh) Ph: 91-771-4066415 Fax: 91-771-4066425