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.

Kailash Caves,Kutumsar Caves,Dandak Caves-Stalactites & Stalagmites Formations

Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves and Dandak Caves are among some of the marvelous stalactites and stalagmites formations found anywhere in the world. These caves are the finest gifts of nature; Nature at its best! These caves are formed over millions and millions of years of limestone deposition! One inch of stalactites and stalagmites formation takes around 6000 years! Imagine how long it would have taken to form the huge pillars and chandeliers at theses caves!

Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves & Dandak CavesChandeliers like stalactites formations in Dandak Caves. Photo Source : Creative commons. Photo by Biospeleologist.

Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves and Dandak Caves are situated in Kanger Valley National Park in Bastar district of Chattisgarh state, India.

Kailash Caves are million of year old caves found deep inside the forests situated near to Tiratgarh waterfalls. Kailash Gufas (Gufa in Hindi means cave in English) are underground caves, formed of stalactites (which means hanging limestone pillars) and stalagmites (which means pillars raising from the ground). There is a “Shivlingashaped stalagmite formation in this cave! Kailash Gufas or caves are 200 meters in length, 35 meters in width and have 55 meters depth.

Albinic (Blind fish)
Albinic (Blind fish) in Kutumsar Caves or Kotumsar caves. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photo by Biospeleologist.

Kutumsar Caves or Kotumsar caves are underground caves of 1327 meters in length, at around 40 feet below the ground level, found near to Tiratgarh waterfalls. You need to take the narrow spiral staircases to go down to go to the Kotumsar caves. The Kutumsar Caves are also stalactites and stalagmites formations, formed over millions of years! You also come across some species of genetically blind fish here in Kutumsar Caves! Kutumsar Caves are pitch dark even during the peak summer months, and you need to have candles lit to see this beauty of nature! Kutumsar Caves are the world’s second largest natural caves, with five natural chambers and a few wells (where the blind fishes are found).

Dandak Caves are large underground caves atop hills. Unlike the Kailash and Kutumsar Caves where you go down the stairs; here you need to climb around 500 stairs to reach the Dandak caves. At the very entrance to the Dandak Caves, you come across a marvelous rock formation, highly symmetrical in looks, which makes you to admire the beauty of nature! Once you walk a few more steps, you come across a giant hall which can accommodate even 500 people, with beautiful chandeliers like stalactites formations! The floors at Dandak Caves are smooth.

These caves are closed during monsoon season for tourists.

How Do I Go to Kailash Caves?

Kailash Caves are situated at around 40 kilometers from Jagdalpur, Bastar district administrative headquarters. Buses to Raipur (the capital city of Chattisgarh state), Bilaspur, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Nagpur, etc, are available. Some of the National Highways of India passes through Jagdalpur (NH 221, NH 30, NH 16). Many other National highways connects Raipur, the state capital of Chattisgarh, to the rest of India. You can drive close to the Kailash Gufas by vehicle.

How Do I Go to Kutumsar Caves / Kotumsar caves?

Kutumsar Caves or Kotumsar caves are at a distance of around 38 kilometers from Jagdalpur.

How Do I Go to Dandak Caves?

Dandak Caves are at a distance of 26 kilometers from Jagdalpur on the Jagdalpur – Hyderabad National Highway, NH 221.

Which is the Nearest Railway Station and Airport to Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves and Dandak Caves?

Jagdalpur is the nearest railway station to the caves. The state capital, Raipur, has the nearest airport to these caves.


Tirathgarh Waterfalls Chhattisgarh

Tirathgarh Waterfalls is in Chhattisgarh state, India. Tirathgarh Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh is also called ‘Milky Fall’ because of the color of the fall as it gives the impression of the color of milk as it is falls from 100 meters height as a three tier fall.

Tirathgarh Waterfalls Chhattisgarh
Tirathgarh Waterfalls Chhattisgarh

Tirathgarh has a a temple which is dedicated to Shiva Parvati, which attracts a lot of tourists. There are many stalactites caves, which also attracts a large number of tourists.

Tirathgarh Waterfalls, amid lush green forests, is at a distance of 4 kilometers from Kanger Valley alias Kanger Ghati National Park entrance. You have to drive through the thick dense forest to reach the fall. It is one of the best natural scenery you can see in India. You have to climb down stairs to see the first view of the fall. Again going down the stairs, you have an entirely different view of the fall, where you can take a rejuvenating bath in the milky falls!

Water falls from a nearby lake at more than 300 feet height on the river Mugabaha amid the lush green forests  is the beauty of the falls. Chitrakoot Falls is a nearby falls in Bastar district.

How Do I Go to Tirathgarh Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh?

Tirathgarh Waterfalls Chhattisgarh is at a distance of 38 kilometrs from the Jagdalpur city, an hour drive, in Bastar district in the Eco-tourism area of Kanger Valley National Park. Jagdalpur is well connected to cities like Hyderabad and Raipur by bus and to visakhapatnam by train on the Kirandul  Vishakhapattnam Line. Raipur is at about 285 kilometers from the Tirathgarh falls. Tirathgarh Waterfalls is on the state highway connecting Jagdalpur and Sukma.

Water falls from a nearby lake which is at more than 300 feet height (on the river Mugabaha) amid the lush green forests surrounding the falls, is the beauty of the falls.

What is the Ideal Season to Visit Tirathgarh Waterfalls?

After the monsoon, from October to February, is the ideal season to visit Tirathgarh Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh.