In the district of Koriya, which is a district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, the little town of Baikunthpur is located. 529 meters is the height of the place. This location is mainly renowned for the presence of Churcha, which is the district’s principal coal mine. Other popular features of this place are the festival of Durga Puja and the football tournament, which occurs at national level.
Basically, Koriya district used to be a princely state of India during the British rule. On 25th May, 1998, the partition of this princely state took place from Surguja District. The basins of Ganga and Mahanadi make up the north eastern portion of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, where the town of Baikunthpur is situated. Numerous rivers namely Gobri, Gopad, Teej and Hasdeo flow into the whole region of the basin. Thick dense forests of bamboo, gamhar, khair, shisam, sal, mahua, tendu and numerous other trees encircle the basin.
Opulent deposits of coal, red oxide, limestone and fire clay can be found in the area of the town of Baikanthpur. Some of the principal tourist locations in and around this town are the Amrit Dhara Falls, Gavar Ghat Falls and Ramdhara Falls. This region hosts the festivals such as Navakhai, Ganga Dusshera, Charta and Surhul in a grandiose manner. The months of October and November are the perfect time to make a trip to this place.
PLACES TO SEE IN BAIKUNTHPUR
Amrit Dhara Waterfall: The distance between the Amrit Dhara Waterfall and Nagpur is 7 Kms. It is situated on the road between Manendragarh and Baikunthpur. On the river named Hadso, this waterfall is located. From this point, one can obtain a spectacular site of the encircling areas. The altitude of the waterfall is 90 feet, while the girth of it is 15 feet. Many a number of people come to visit this waterfall.
There is a temple of Lord Shiva, which also houses a pretty statue of Lord Shiva in its holy chamber. This temple is situated close to the waterfall. The principal crowd pulling feature of this place is a fair which is hosted here. Ramanuj Pratap Singh Judeo, who was the King of Koriya State, initially started this fair in the year 1936. During the festival of Mahashivratri, this fair takes place.
Akuri Nala: The title of ‘the natural air conditioner of the Koriya district’ is given to this waterfall named Akuri Nala. The reason behind the title is that, even during the hot months, this place witnesses a cool climatic condition. The dense forests and rocks encircle the waterfall. Close to the village named Bilaspur, this waterfall is located.
Gavar Ghat Waterfall: Right on the river named Hadso, the Gavar Ghat Waterfall is situated. Blankets of forests and rocks encircle this waterfall. The altitude of the waterfall is 60 feet, while the width being 10 feet. There is one more waterfall situated in the village named Tarra, at a distance of 5 Kms from the Gavar Ghat Waterfall.
Ramdhara Waterfall: On the beds of the river named Banas, in the village named Bhavarkhoh, the Ramdhara Waterfall is located. This village is situated close to Baikunthpur. The height of the water fall is in the range between 100 feet to 120 feet, while 25 feet is the girth of the waterfall. The dense forests and rocks encircle the waterfall.
HOW TO REACH BAIKUNTHPUR
By air: The closest airport to Baikunthpur is the Raipur’s Mana Airport, which is set at 245 Kms from Baikunthpur.
By rail: Bilaspur Railway Junction is the closest major railway junction to Baikunthpur.
By road: Baikunthpur is located on the NH 78. One can access this place via buses, both private and state, private cars and taxis.