Tourism in Chhattisgarh
Located in the central (eastern) part of India, the state has rich cultural heritage and traditions. It has wide range of attractions including ancient monuments, beautifully designed temples, Buddhist shrines, rare wildlife, waterfalls, caves, hill plateau, rock paintings, and other natural landscapes. Surprisingly, many of these sites are still unexplored that fascinate tourists most.
The tourists who don’t like crowed area and also want to explore local tradition, they love to visit Chhattisgarh. Above all, with more than 40% forest cover, the state is one of the richest biodiversity regions of the country India.
Major Tourists’ Attractions of Chhattisgarh Tourism
- Bambleshwari Temple: It is located in fascinating landscape i.e. on the hilltop (altitude of 1600 feet) in Rajnandgaon District.
- Bhoramdeo Temple: Bhoramdeo Temple is located in Maikal Mountains. Popular for its scenic landscapes, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Danteshwari Temple: Located in Dantewada District, this temple is dedicated to local goddess ‘Danteshwari.’
- Chandrahasini Devi Temple: Located on the bank of Mahanadi River in Janjgir-Champa District, it is important pilgrimage place.
- Mahamaya Temple: The 12th century old temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mahamaya. The temple is located in Bilaspur District.
- Maa Pitambara (Bagalamukhi) Temple: This is a historical temple located between Raipur and Durg.
- Vishnu Temple: It is located at Janjgir.
- Damudhara (Rishab Tirth) and Sivarinarayana Laxminarayana Temple: It is located in Janjgir-Champa district.
- Champaran: Located in Raipur District, it is an important religious place because it is the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya.
Important Archaeological sites
- Barsoor: It is located on the bank of Indravati River in the Dantewada District. Surprisingly, in the past, it had more than 140 temples and ponds, but at present, only ruined parts can be seen.
- Malhar (Saravpur): It is important centre for the temples of 10th and 11th century. It is located in Bilaspur District.
- Surguja: It is the historical place, known for the centuries old temples.
- Ratanpur: It is in Bilaspur District and popular for its old forts.
- Sirpur: It is located on the bank of Mahanadi River. It is popular for the religious tourism because of the presence of Laxman Temple and Buddhist Vihars.
- Bastar Palace: This historical palace is located at Jagdalpur in Bastar District.
- Anthropological Museum: It is Located at Jagdalpur in Bastar District.
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Indravati National Park: Located in Bastar District.
- Kanger Valley National Park: It is also located in Bastar District.
- Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located in the northern part of Mahasamund District.
- Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kotumsar Caves: It is popular for the tourists, located a distance of about 40 km from Jagdalpur.
- Kailash Caves: Located in the beautiful landscape nearby Kanger Valley National Park, it is pretty popular for the tourism.
- Singhanpur Cave: Located in Raigarh, it is popular for its pre-historic paintings.
- Chitrakote Falls: Located on Indravati River in Bastar, it is pretty popular waterfall. People say, it looks like Niagara Falls.
- Tirathgarh Waterfalls: Located on Mugabahar River in Jagdalpur area, it is known for its beautiful landscape. It is also popular as “Milky Fall.”
- Chitradhara Waterfalls
- Gavar Ghat Waterfall
- Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls
- Kanger Dhara
- Ramdaha Waterfall
- Mandawa Waterfalls
Important Hot Spring:
Taat Pani: Located in Sarguja district, it is an important attraction in the state. It is also known for its medicinal properties.
- Khudiya Dam
- Lormi Dam
- Khutaghat Dam