India is not just about Goa, Hampi, Manali and Varanasi…Introducing to the world a treasure hidden from the world – Chhattisgarh, the 10th largest state of India.

This place is a heaven for slow travelling and backpackers! Historical throwbacks, waterfalls, world heritage sites, dense forests, tribal name it and Chhattisgarh has it!

Let me brief you on some of the destinations for travellers around the globe.

1. Chitrakoot

Hands down the best place in Chhattisgarh to spend a good vacation is Chitrakoot waterfalls. Called the “The Niagara of India”, chitrakoot will blow your mind.

Located in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh, you can easily drive to this place by your own vehicle (recommended).

The scenic route starts with Raipur Abhanpur road and then reach NH43 and then follow the above route Dhamtari-Charama.

The Chitrakoot Waterfalls are formed from the Indravati River plunging from a great height. Situated in the Bastar District, this is popularly referred to as “The Niagra of India”. The scenes of Chitrakoot in monsoon are a sight to behold!

Dandami Luxury Resort, Chitrakoot
Chhattisgarh Tourism is doing an awesome job by providing these luxurious tents for a decent price just behind the waterfalls. A restaurant is also nearby which serves delicious food 🙂

2. Dongargarh

I would say this place is one of the most underrated temples in India. The “Temple of Maa Bamleshwari” is a temple located on the hills.

You need to climb more than 1000 stairs or you can very well get a ropeway as well. The way itself is amazingly beautiful and you get some stunning views. As soon as you reach the temple, you will feel the divineness all around.

And there are lots of places to eat nearby :). (Nostalgic Recommendation :Try Chandumalai Ice Cream and Anna Idly if you are planning to hit the city).

Direct trains from the Capital Raipur, Chhattisgarh are available or you can very well take your own vehicle as well.

3. Sirpur

Sirpur is a historical town in Mahasamund district in the state of Chhattisgarh 78 km away from Raipur and 35 km from Mahasamund city on the banks of the river Mahanadi.

The town of Sirpur (aka Shirpur) has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D.

The city was once the capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin (south) Kosala state. It was an important centre of Buddhist from the 6th the 10th century A.D. and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th Century Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar.

The beauty of this magical place has beckoned the presence of His Holiness Dalai Lama too in March 2013.

Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is organized here as well. There are regular buses from Raipur and Mahasamund to Sirpur. Taxis are available at Raipur and Mahasamund

4. Shivrinarayan

Shivrinarayan is a town and a nagar panchayat in Janjgir-Champa district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. This place is named after “Shabri”, a lady who had offered berry fruits to Rama during Rama’s exile.

5. Mainpat

Located in the Surguja district in the northern part of Chhattisgarh, Mainpat is known as the “Shimla of Chhattisgarh.

It is also home to a number of Tibetan religious exiles who worship at a temple dedicated to Buddha and manufacture designer mats as well as woolen cloth.

6. Kutumsar Caves

Located in the Kanger Valley Park in Bastar District is well known for stalactite and stalagmite formations. There are various rumors about the length of the cave.

But let me tell you, whatever will be the true fact one thing is for sure u will enjoy the visit to.

To reach Kutumsar, one will have to reach Jagdalpur in Bastar district. Jagdalpur is in Chhattisgarh and is connected by bus to Raipur and Hyderabad, and by train to Vishakhapatnam. Kutumsar is 40 KMs away from Jagdalpur. It takes a drive of about an Hour to reach Kutumsar.

The caves are filled with water from June to august so they are closed for visit. Also one will have to pay for the tickets, the guide and the lamps. I would insist to bring lamps from home to visit the caves.

7. Achanakmar Wildlife Reserve

Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is situated in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh, at north west between he Maikal Ranges of Satpura hills. The nearest railway station is at Belgahna.

Achanakmar is easily approachable from Pendra Road and Bilaspur railway station, Bus, rental car and other vehicles are available to visit and enjoy this beautiful place.

8. Bhoramdeo Temples

Bhoramdeo Templeis a complex of Hindu temples dedicated to the god Shiva in Bhoramdeo, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

The architectural features with erotic sculptures has given a distinct style akin to the Khajuraho temple and the Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, and hence the Bhoramdeo complex is known by the sobriquet the “Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh”.

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My name is Pranjal Sahu, yet another IT guy working with TCS Bangalore, on a mission to promote my native state Chhattisgarh. A heaven for slow travelling and the backpackers with historical throwbacks, waterfalls, world heritage sites, dense forests , tribal folks..You can follow me on Quora here.