Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in Bilaspur District

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wildlife sanctuary in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh state, India.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
Two Tigers at
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Established in 1975, this Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many endangered species of animals like the Bengal Tigers, Leopards and wild Bison. The Wildlife Sanctuary is a Tiger Reserve from 2009 on-wards for Bengali tigers. This Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as part of Project Tiger Reserve in 2009.

Achanakmar Wild Life Sanctuary offers mesmerizing experience for any tourist. Sal and bamboo forests are a specialty of this wild life sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar is rich in flora and fauna. Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor links Achanakmar Wildlife Park with Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

Ratanpur, where the famous 11th century temple Mahamaya Devi is situated, is a nearby town at around 65 kilometeres distance from the wildlife sanctuary. Pali is another town close to the Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for the beautifully carved 9th century Mahadev Temple. Kabir Chabutra, where Saint Kabir attained salvation, is just 5 kilometers from the wildlife sanctuary, on your way to Bilaspur.

How Do I Go to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is at around 55 kilometers from Bilaspur town.

Bilaspur railway station with station code BSP is the nearest major railway station, on the MumbaiHowrah main railway line; even though Belgahna railway station with station code BIG is the nearest railway station to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. Pendra Road alias Gaurella is also a nearby station to Wild Life Sanctuary at Achanakmar.

Raipur airport is the nearest airport to the Wild Life Sanctuary.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

November to June are the ideal months to visit Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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.

 

Sirpur

Archaeological Monuments at Sirpur

Sirpur is a small town on the banks of river Mahanadi in the district of Mahasmand in Chattisgarh state of India. Sirpur is famous for its Archaeological Monuments dating back to 5th century A.D.

Sirpur Lakshman templeSirpur Lakshman temple. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Photo uploaded by Theasg sap.

Sirpur was previously known as Shripur and was the capital of South Kosal kingdom. Laxman temple, a magnificent 7th century brick made Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the major attraction at the archeological site. The Laxman temple at Sirpur is built on a massive platform with steps on South and North sides. The Laxman temple is one of the best brick temples of ancient India. This temple and its surroundings are rich with other ancient historical monuments. There is a museum inside the Laxman temple premises, which is run by the The Archaeological Survey of India. There is a Ram temple close to the Laxman temple.

Anand Prabhu Kuti Vihar is a Buddist monument built by Bhikshu Anand Prabhu, a follower of Gautham Buddha. It is made up of 14 rooms and there is a six feet statue of Gautham Buddha, touching the earth, can be seen here.

Swastik Vihara is another Buddhist Vihar which was recently excavated near to the Anand Prabhu Kuti Vihar.

Gandheswar Shiva temple is another historical temple on the banks of Mahanadi river. This temple also is rich with its historical remains and ‘Shiva Leela’ pictures.

There are a total of 12 Buddh Viharas and 1 Jain Vihara at Sirpur. Monolithic statues of Lord Mahavira and Buddha are also seen here. 22 Shiva temples and 5 Vishnu temples are also there.

Sirpur is a paradise for those looking for Archaeological Monuments in India. Huien Tsang, the famous 7th century Chinese traveler had visited Sirpur and written about the monuments here. Most of these historical monuments were believed to have been destroyed due to a major earth quake in the 12th century A.D. This has resulted in devastation of massive historical buildings into heaps of clay and stone. What remains now are still the pride of the India, and the region.

How Do I to Go to Sirpur’s Archaeological Monuments site?

Sirpur’s Archaeological Monuments site is at around 85 kilo meters distance from state capital city of Raipur. Raipur is well connected to other parts of India by road, railways and airways network.

Raipur Swami Vivekananda Airport is the nearest airport to the Sirpur’s Archaeological Monuments site.

Mahashmund railway station is the nearest railway station to Sirpur on the Raipur-Waltair line. This is a small station. “Raipur Junction” is the nearest Major Railway Station which is on the Howrah (Kolkotta) – Nagpur – Mumbai railway line. Station code of Raipur is “R”. (Yes; Its a single alphabet code, which is rare among Indian railway stations.)

Some of the National Highways that connects Raipur with other parts of India are NH6 (Gujrat – West Bengal), NH 43 (Andhra Pradesh – Chhattisgarh ), NH 217 (Chhattisgarh – Odisha).

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.

Chitrakoot Falls

Chitrakoot Falls
Chitrakoot falls in monsoon

Chitrakoot Falls is in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state in India.

Chitrakoot Falls alias Chitrakote Falls is  known as the Niagara Falls of India as it is the broadest water fall in India. Indians can visit  mini Indian Niagara falls without a visa while foreigners need an India visa.

Chitrakut Falls is in the midst of dense forests in Indravathi river, a tributary of River Narmada. Height of the fall is around 93 feet.

The breadth of the Indian Niagara falls varies according to seasons and is the maximum during monsoon season when it sound wild. In summer season, Chitrakut Falls width decreases drastically. The color of the fall also changes with season. Chitrakoot Falls is slit colored during monsoon and is clear during summer season.

Chitrakoot  is also a Hindu pilgrimage place and hence short dresses are not advisable.

Many Ayurvedic practitioner clinics are found near to the horse-shoe shaped Chitrakoot  falls. Tirathgarh Water falls Tirathgarh Waterfalls is also in the same district.

How do I Go to Chitrakoot Falls?

Chitrakoot Falls or the Indian Niagara falls, is at a distance of around 50 kilometers from Jagdalpur which is very well connected to the rest of the state. Visakhapatnam is around 350 kilometers from Chitrakoot falls.

Is accommodation available near
Chitrakoot Falls?

Various kinds of accommodation from government owned resorts to private accommodations is available on the Jagdalpur-Chitrakoot Road. Many high end resorts are there. Also available are the Cheap hotels and cheap motels offering cheap rooms.