Nature at its Best in Kanger Valley National Park alias Kanger Ghati National Park

Kanger Valley National Park alias Kanger Ghati National Park is located in Bastar District, Chhattisgarh state, India. It is well known for its biodiversity,  waterfalls and Caves with Stalactites and Stalagmites Formations.

Common hill myna alias Bastar hill myna in Kanger Valley National ParkCommon hill myna alias Bastar hill myna in Kanger Valley National Park. Image source – Wikimedia/Wikipedia

Some of finest stalactites and stalagmites caves can be seen here in this national park. Dandak Caves, Devgiri Cave, Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves, etc, are to name a few among those marvelous limestone caves. These formations take place during the course of  millions of years.

Kanger Valley National Park is habitat to the state bird,  Common hill myna alias  Bastar hill myna. The most famous falls in the state, Tirathgarh water falls (a Milky Fall), is situated inside this national park.

Kanger Valley National Park was declared as a national park of India in 1982. Kanger Valley is spread over a distance of around 34 kilometers. Its very scenic and is having an area of around 200 square kilometers.

Kanger River flows through the park.   Kanger Ghati National Park  got its name from this river. This national park is also the catchment area for Godavari River.

Kanger Ghati National Park is rich in flora and fauna. 553 floral species are found in this national park. It is also a anthropologists paradise. Kanger Valley National Park has a sizable tribal population.

Three kilometer long nature trail from Kamanar barrier to Tirathgarh waterfalls is one among the famous nature trails here.  Another popular nature trail is the 1.5 kilometer long nature trail from Kailash cave to Kailash barrier.

How Do I Go to Kanger Valley National Park?

Jagdalpur, the administrative headquarters of Bastar District at around 20 kilometers distance, is the nearest major city to the national park. The nearest railway station is situated at Jagdalpur.

The state capital of Raipur, at around 330 kilometers away has the nearest airport.

There are forest rest houses at Kotamsar and Tirathgarh. There are a lot of hotels at Jagdalpur town.

November – June is the ideal time to visit Kanger Ghati National Park alias Kanger Valley National Park.