ABOUT JAGDALPUR (BASTAR):
- A predominantly wooded district is home to various colourful tribes.
- Rich cultural heritage is very well reflected in its numerous fairs and festivals as well as the folk songs, dances and dramas.
- The headquarters of Bastar district is located on the banks of Indrawati River.
- A perfect base for exploring this part of the State.
- Important for cultural and handicraft centre.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur (RPR), 299 kms away from Jagdalpur and Vishakhapatnam Airport, Vishakhapatnam (VTZ), 300 kms away from Jagdalpur.
- Rail: Jagdalpur Railway Station, Jagdalpur, 3 kms away from Jagdalpur city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Narayanpal Temple Dantewada
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Human Science Museum District Archaeological Museum
Chitrakote Falls Tirathgarh
Indrawati National Park Kanger Ghati National Park The Bhaisa Darha Crocodile Sanctuary Pamed Sanctuary
ATTRACTIONS OF JAGDALPUR (BASTAR)
- Human Science Museum:
- Exhibits regional artefacts related to culture, traditions and entertainment.
- District Archaeological Museum:
- Setup by the Archaeological and Museum Department in 1988.
- Dancing Cactus:
- Art centre is a true tribute to the famous art world of Bastar.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND JAGDALPUR (BASTAR)
- Chitrakote Falls:
- 40 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- River Indrawati plunges from a height of 90 feet and crescent shaped beautiful waterfall, also known as the ‘Mini Niagara’.
- Blessed with exceptional scenic beauty and is a nature lover’s paradise.
- Fishing, swimming and boating facilities are also available here.
- Narayanpal Temple:
- 10 kms from Chitrakote Falls and 50 kms from Jagdalpur city, is a worth visiting site.
- Only 3 kms away from Jagdalpur city centre.
- Cascade down from a height of 100 feet.
- ‘U’ shaped valley here is 150-200 feet deep and is the deepest valley of the region.
- 55 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- Famous for the temple of Danteshwari, the ‘Goddess of teeth’.
- Shrine was built by Rani Bhagyeshwari Devi, on the confluence of Shankhini and Dunkini Rivers.
- The road from Jagdalpur to Dantewada is laden with exceptional scenic beauty.
- Indrawati National Park:
- 200 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- Park sprawls cover an area of 1258 sq. kms.
- Amidst dense forests and is rich in wildlife.
- Key fauna includes tiger panther, leopard, antelopes, bluebull, bison and wild buffalo etc.
- Best time to visit is from March to May.
- Kanger Ghati National Park:
- 26 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- 200 sq. kms park area comprises of hilly terrain, with peaks, valleys, caves and waterfalls.
- Covered by dense jungle of ebony, teak and bamboo and home to animals like tiger, leopard, panther, deer, beer, wolf, snakes, maina and sparrow birds etc.
- The Bhaisa Darha Crocodile Sanctuary:
- 42 kms from Jagdalpur is located nearby at the meeting point of Kanger Kholab of Kanger Ghati.
- Jeevodhyan, the Asia’s first biosphere is located here.
- 38 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- A ‘Tourists Paradise’ famous for the excellent waterfall on the Kanger River in Kanger Ghati National Park.
- Kanger River after creating a spectacular fall at Tirathgarh, moves on to form more beautiful falls at eight to ten sites.
- Kanger Dhara is the most popular waterfall.
- A biosphere on the banks of Kanger River.
- A natural ‘Stone Elephant’ and numerous ancient rocks, which are collectively called as ‘Kunwara-Soundarya’ or virgin beauty.
- 40 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- Famous for the splendid natural underground caves, which are perhaps the finest of its kind in the world.
- About 4,500 feet in length and are minimum 60-215 feet in depth from the surface.
- Stalactites and stalagmites, the beautiful formations created in limestone by the percolating waters can be seen.
- Pamed Sanctuary:
- 250 kms away from Jagdalpur city.
- Second most important sanctuary of Bastar and is mainly known for the wild buffaloes.
- Other animals seen here are leopard, panther, antelope, sambhar etc.
- Best time to visit the sanctuary is between January and May.