Ghatarani Waterfalls & Jatmai Temple Near Raipur

Ghatarani Waterfalls is a beautiful falls located near to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state, India

This falls is the biggest fall in the state of Chhattisgarh. The water from the falls forms a pool beneath the falls. One can take a bath here in the pool or the falls.

Ghatarani Waterfalls is surrounded by thick forests and is an ideal getaway place for the family or for a group of friends. Those who are adventurous, can hike the mountains and explore the forests above the falls.

The falls is to be visited after the rainy season. September to December are the ideal months to visit the falls. Thereafter, the falls dries. It is dangerous to visit the falls during rainy season due to the the dangers resulting from the fast flowing water.

Swami Vivekananda spent two years of his teenage life at Raipur. Vivekanand Sarovar is a large lake in the city named after Swami Vivekananda.

Jatmai Temple is at around 25 kilometers distance from the falls. A waterfall is there adjacent to this temple. This fall is a smaller fall compared to Ghatarani falls.

How Do I Go to Ghatarani Waterfalls?

Ghatarani falls is at around 90 kilometers distance from Raipur. Raipur is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Raipur Junction railway station is the major railway station in the city. Swami Vivekananda Airport, formerly known as Mana Airport, is the nearest airport at Mana It is at around 15 kilometers distance from Raipur city.

Ramakrishna Math Alias Belur Math at Belur (Kolkotta)

Ramakrishna math is a math in memory of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great 19th century saint (1836-1886), on the banks of Ganges River at Belur, Kolkotta. It is also known as Belur Math as it is located at Belur.

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math
Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math at Belur, Kolkotta.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are the organizations that undertakes the spiritual movement called Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement. Ramakrishna Math is the monastic organization for men. Ramakrishna Mission was started by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, which has monks of Ramakrishna Math at Belur and devotees conducting social service, mainly in India. Ramakrishna Mutt (Mutt and math means monetary) and Ramakrishna Mission are financially separate entities. Though both organizations are two separate legal entities, both are closely related or inter-linked and is regarded as twins.

Ramakrishna temple is the main attraction here. The temple architecture is a combination of Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs. Swami Vijnanananda, a brother-monk of Swami Vivekananda designed this temple,

Holy Mother’s temple is another attraction here. The temple is dedicated to Sarada Devi, spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Brahmananda’s temple is another temple dedicated to Swami Brahmananda, the first president of the Math and Mission, who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Ramakrishna Museum is a museum displaying artifacts used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and some other disciples.

How Do I Go to Ramakrishna Mat or Belur Math?

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math is at Belur in Howrah district, Kolkotta. Kolkotta is well connected by all modes of transport to the rest of the country and the world. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Kolkotta.

Have you been to the Southern-most Tip of India, known as Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin

Kanyakumari alias Cape Comorin is the southern-most tip of the Indian Peninsula in Tamilnadu state.

Vivekananda Memorial, Kanyakumari, Cape ComorinVivekananda Memorial at Kanyakumari alias Cape Comorin (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

Three Seas Converge here at  Cape Comorin. That is to say, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal converge here.  Thrivenisangamam is the point where the three seas converge.  Therefore, it is a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus.

Suchindram temple and Bhagavathy temple are two nearby famous temples in Kanyakumari.

In Kanyakumari, you can see sunrise and sunset on two different Seas. You can view Sunrise on the Bay of Bengal.  You can view Sunset on  the Arabian Sea. That is to say, just turn to two different directions to see this rare sight.

Certainly, Vivekananda Rock Memorial is the most famous tourist attraction here. Vivekananda  Memorial is on a Rock island, at around 500 meters from mainland. Rock memorial is connected by ferry services from the mainland. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes boat journey to reach Vivekananda rock memorial by ferry. It was built in 1970 in memorial of the Great Indian Spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda swan to this rock and meditated here and attained enlightenment here.

133 feet Thiruvalluvar statue in KanyakumariThiruvalluvar statue at Cape Comorin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

133 feet high, 7000 ton, Tiruvalluvar Statue is situated at another rock island, very close to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. It was opened on First day of January,  2000. Thiruvalluvar was a Great ancient Tamil poet and saint, who wrote Thirukural. Certainly,  Thirukural is the most famous work by Thiruvalluvar.

Mahatma Gandhi memorial is another famous tourist destination here. In short, Cape Comorin is an important tourist destination in South India.

How Do I Go to Kanyakumari, Cape Comorin?

National Highway 44 connects Cape Comorin to Srinagar. This highway is incidentally the longest National highway in India. NH 66 connects cape with Panavel (on the outskirts of Mumbai).  NH 47  connects Salem with  Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari is a major terminal Railway Junction.  Trains to major  cities of India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotta, etc, are available from this station.

Thiruvananthapuram International airport is the nearest airport to Cape Comorin at 86 kilometers away. Madurai airport is at 243 kilometers away from Cape Comorin.

What are the Nearby Places to Visit in Kanyakumari?

Vattakottai, an Ancient Fort, Pechipparai dam, Thottipalam, Thirparappu Falls, Padmanabhapuram palace, Suchindrum Sthanumalayan temple and Muttom beach are some of the nearby  tourist places. You can visit all these tourist places by taking the circular bus service of the Tamil Nadu state government transport department.

Which are the Good Kanyakumari Hotels?

There are a many good Cape Comorin hotels. Hotel Tamilnadu is a good one from Government of Tamil Nadu.

Hotel Temple Citi, Hotel Seaview, The Gopinivas Grand, Sparsa Resort, The Seashore Hotel, Hotel Sangam, Hotel Singaar International, SivaMurugan Lodging, Hotel Manickam, Triveni Tourist Home, Hotel Park, Hotel Maadhini, etc, are some of the other leading Kanyakumari hotels.

Conclusion

To sum up, viewing sunrise and sunset at the same point is the main attraction here, in addition to   Vivekanda rock memorial.

Thiruvalluvar statue, Suchindram temple and Bhagavathy temple  are also worthy of visiting.

Have you ever been to Kanyakumar? Please share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section.