There are many a number of places to visit in and around the city of Jagdalpur. Some of the famous locations are the Temple of Danteshwari, the Chitrakot Waterfalls, Kailash and Kotumsar Caves, Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Sri Venkateshwara Swami Temple, Bastar Palace, Anthropological Museum, Kanger Valley National Park and Ganga Munda & Dalpat Sagar Lakes.
PLACES TO SEE IN JAGDALPUR
Kanger Valley National Park: Near to Jagdalpur, the kanger Valley National Park is located. It is also named as Kanger Ghati National Park. The name of the place has been derived from the name of the river named Kanger River. In the year 1982’s 22nd July, the construction of the park took place. In order to protect the region’s bio-diversity and the rich assortment of animals and plants of the area, this park was created.
The length of the park is 33.5 kilometers and 6 Kms is the general breadth of the place. The beginning point of the park is the Tirathgarh Waterfalls and ends at the river named Kolab. Kotumsar and Koleng are the name of the two parts, into which the park has been separated. One can observe some luxurious and intriguing species of animals such as the red jungle fowl, the rocket tailed drongo, striped hyena, barking deer, cheetal, samhar, wild boar, sloth bear, porcupine, mouse deer, civet, rabbits, tiger, leopard, crocodiles, wild dog, hyena, mongoose, wolf, leopard cat, Indian false vampire bat and several types of fishes in the Kanger Valley National Park.
Indravati National Park: The district of Dantewada of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh contains the spectacular Indravati National Park, which is considered to be one of the most excellent and top class wildlife parks of this state. The area of the park is a vast 1258 square kilometers. The name of the park has been derived from the name of the river, Indravati. In the year of 1981, the status of a National Park was bestowed upon this park and in the year of 1983, the status of a Tiger Reserve was given to this same park, under the renowned Project Tiger of India. The endangered wild buffalo and the swamp deer are the principal features of the park. Barking Deers, Nilgai, Barasinghas, Gaurs, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Sloth Bear, Hyenas, Crocodiles, Indian Chamelons, Cobras, Russell’s viper, Indian Rock Pythons and a huge variety of birds can be seen in this famous wildlife park.
Kotumsar Caves: The distance of the Kotumsar Caves and Jagdalpur is 40 Kms. These caves are located at a distance of 35 meters in the downward direction. The length of the caves is 1371 meters. In the entire India these caves ranks first in the list of the longest natural caves and it ranks second in the entire world in the same category. Due to the reason of the location a dense darkness prevail in the caves. Creation of stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in these caves. Numerous blind wells are present in the five numbers of chambers of the caves. These caves are also known by the names of Gupanpal Caves or Kutamsar Caves. When one goes a long way inside the place, then there is a scarcity of oxygen. Thus one cannot go beyond some locations due to the obvious security reasons.
Kailash Caves: The Kailash Gufa is an underground cave. It is located at a distance of 40 Kms from Jagdalpur, near Mikulwada in the Kanger Valley National Park. One can get mesmerized by the development of stalactites. Stalactites are nothing but pillar made of limestone, which remains in a hanging position from the roof. Proofs can be found that several of the limestone pillars were once worshipped in the form of shivalingams.
The Kailash Caves have been found in the year 1993. The length of the caves measure to be 250 meters and the height of the caves is 40 meters.
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple: The members of the Andhra Association are the reason of the existence of the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple. This temple dedicated to Balaji is an aspiration of the many followers, since they can worship and pay a visit to this place, which is located close to their dwelling place.
Anthropological Museum: In the year of 1972, the construction of this Zonal Anthropological Museum took place in Jagdalpur. The intention of establishing the museum is to shed some light into the lifestyle of the tribal groups of the Bastar region. Several items related to ethnographic concern is showcased in the collection of the museum. In the whole of the Central India, this Anthropological Museum is considered to be one of the most finest and important museums. The tasks carried out by this museum are the collection of important and valuable artifacts, their research, preservation and exhibition. Headgears, footwear, ornaments, musical instruments, dresses, paintings, wood carvings, weapons, masks, art work, sculptures and a huge assortment of objects that serves in the daily life can be seen in the display of the museum.
Chitrakote Falls: The title of the Niagara Falls of India is given to this waterfall named Chitrakote Falls. It is also known to be the widest waterfall in the entire country. The distance between Jagdalpur and this waterfall is 38 Kms. The thick luxurious forests encircle the waterfall. On the river named Indravati, this waterfall is located. The water gushes down from an altitude of 95 feet and this view is a feast for the eyes.
Tirathgarh Waterfalls: The distance between the Tirathgarh Waterfalls and Jagdalpur is 38 Kms. In the entire state of Chhattisgarh, this waterfall is considered to be one of the magnificent waterfalls. The natural beauty encircling the waterfalls is enchanting and is definitely worth seeing. Apart from the prevalent beauty of the place, this place is also considered a significant location in religious sense. It contains a temple of Shiva Parvati.
Bastar Palace: One can observe the archaic remnants of the Bastar Palace in the town of Jagdalpur. The palace served as the Bastar Kingdom’s headquarters. The monarchs of the Bastar State constructed this structure. During the present time, this palace is the dwelling place for the royal family members.
Lakes in Jagdalpur: Ganga Munda and Dalpat Sagar are the names of the two lakes present in Jagdalpur.