One of the most impressive attractions of Chhattisgarh is the Chitrakoot Falls is situated in Bastar district of Indian state Chhattisgarh. At a distance of 38 KM from Jagdalpur town this majestic water fall is one of the best in India. The height of the falls is about 29 metres (95 ft). It is the widest fall in Asia and also is the largest waterfalls in India, Because of its width and wide spread during themonsoon season, it is often called the Niagara Falls of India. The Chitrakoot Falls is located on the Indravati River. The river originates in the kalahandi region of Orissa, in the Vindhya Range of hills, flows westward and then forms a fall at Chitrakoot. The girth of the waterfall varies, as the water level in the river goes down drastically during the summer. However during monsoon the river touches the banks and is filled with sediments of mud and this wide waterfall with shape of letter C makes it more attractive. The wideness of the waterfall depends on the water level in the river Indrabati. And session by session it varies drastically. On the contrary, during summer the water carries no silt and looks different. During the rainy season, from July and October, rainbows are created with sun rays reflecting on mist from the waterfall.
Nestled in the mountain and hills rages of Vindhyachal, the magnificent Chitrakoot Waterfalls is one of the most spectacular natural fall in the world. The watercolour changes from season to season as well. In monsoon, the water is filled with silt and it turns a little brown whereas in summer it’s white and clear. The place is approached by the nature lovers to see the beauty of falls particularly during sunset. It is one of the six waterfalls in India which are classified as “geomorphosites”. The Chitrakote Falls, which spreads over three braids during the low flow season, is a single sheet of flow over a free fall of about 30 metres (98 ft) forming a horseshoe shaped gorge. The waterfalls along with the surrounding areas have a stunning beauty and are of great interest to adventure buffs. One can often spot eye-catching birds sitting at the corner of these waterfalls adding to the beauty of the place.
Local boat facilities operating below and under the falls in a misty atmosphere provide views of the falls under an early morning sun in reflected sun light and in a blue hue. Not only waterfall, Chitrakoot is also popular due to the Hindu legendary Lord Ram. There has many Hindu spiritual temples and pilgrimage place. And also various Hindu festivals like, Makar Sankranti, Ramnaamvi and Somvati Amavasya are celebrated here with a complete spiritual system. On the banks of the pond below the falls, many small Shiva Lingas. On the left bank, there is a rock ledge and climbing down this cliff leads to a naturally formed niche which houses stone slabs carved with deities. Chitakoot Falls is one of the two waterfalls located in the Kanger Valley National Park, the other is Tirathgarh falls.
The beauty of falls is seen throughout the year, particularly during sunset. But from the months of July to October, the waterfall is seen its extreme form. If you want to enjoy the calm white waterfall, the best time to visit the Chitrakoot Falls is during winter months from November to February.
How TO Reach :
By Air : Nearest airport is Allahabad (135 kms) and another one is Varanasi (275 kms) which have a daily flights from Delhi.
By Rail : Nearest railway station is Karvi (12kms) which well connected by local transport services. Karvi railway station is well connected with cities like Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi etc.
By Road : It is well connected to the rest of the part of state. The Jagaddal is 48 km from Chitrakoot Falls. which is well connected to chitrakoot by buses, Texi and private vehicle.
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