Interior Chhattisgarh/ Sourthern Orissa- Tribes, Falls & Forests

lloydofcochin

Well-Known Member
adc, This has been different and refreshing. This log truly shows the diversity of the country. Hats off to you for undertaking this remarkable trip and thank you for sharing some lovely pictures and an extremely informative & crisply written log. Waiting for more!!! Bring it on..
 

Indizen

Active Member
Splendid!
Most informative blog from an area that barely exists in our collective conciousness!
 

adc

Member
Going to the Chhattisgarh part now, after a wonderful discovery journey of tribes, varied locales, and places of Koraput district [Orissa].


Fantastic roads as soon as you enter Chhattisgarh [Raipur and down south of the state roads are fabulous - as heard when from a tourist taxi driver]
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A small weekly colourful market on the way

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A light rainfall, faint rainbow among the green fields, and soon it was pretty dark even on a morning - but we all were grinning - more rain and as such the Chitrakote waterfall will be in full flow!
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While going to Tirathgarh, we cross the Kanger Valley National Park - a great less travelled forest, it is closed during the monsoon period - we knew about this so wasnt disappointed as the options are either we see the Chitrakote in full flow or visit Kanger Valley - we will going through this forest in winter time travel.


Kanger Valley NP closed during monsoon months
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Kutumsar and Kailash Caves: Kutumsar and Kailash Caves are located in the dense forests of Kanger Valley National Park, near Tiratgarh Waterfalls. Kutumsar (Kotamsar) are pitch-dark underground caves, 35 m below ground level, with stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic formations. About 1370 m long, Kutumsar form the world"s second longest natural caves and have five chambers and several blind wells. Kailash Gufa (Cave), situated on a small hill, is dark and nearly 100 m long, with a narrow entrance. It was discovered in 1993. The stalactite and stalagmite formations here are a marvelous sight too. At the end of the cave is a stalagmite formation in the shape of a Shivlinga. The hollow walls of the cave make amazing musical sounds when struck by hand.

Tirathgarh waterfall
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The Tirathgarh Waterfalls: Tirathgarh, 32 kms from Jagdalpur is famous for this waterfall that drops into Mugabahar river. On descending down the steps you can get a grand view of the falling sheets of water that falls from a height of 50 metres. There is also an old Shiv-Parvati temple at the site. You can go up the watchtower to enjoy the panoramic view of the waterfalls and surrounding forests.
Tirathgarh waterfall surroundings
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As dusk came in we spend some time having hot tea and fries in the few local shops around that spot.

Beautiful sunset around Tirathgarh
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And Safari VTT-TMT awash in sunset colours
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adc

Member
adc, This has been different and refreshing. This log truly shows the diversity of the country. Hats off to you for undertaking this remarkable trip and thank you for sharing some lovely pictures and an extremely informative & crisply written log. Waiting for more!!! Bring it on..
Nice pictures... waiting for the CHG part
It's different.SUperb shots ADC..And equally good log
A truly excellent report!!

That's it - I am hooked - more please.
Splendid!
Most informative blog from an area that barely exists in our collective conciousness!

Thanks all, and you got to pardon this big delay, Will be finishing it off today itself!
 

koolharry

Rail and Road...
What a treat from, from the not too often covered areas...

Tirathgarh falls looks majestic!

Beautiful set of pics, adc!
 

adc

Member
Another place absolute on the list is Danteshwari temple. After the temple visit, moved on further to have a chance to go down the Bailadila Mines. Once in a week they let visitors [almost no tourist goes there due to very desolate roads in between] to go down the mine shaft - but then it is on Sunday's only and so just came visiting the town and enjoying the road trip.

Danteshwari Temple is temple dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India. The temple built in 14th century by the Chalukyas of the South, is situated in Dantewada, a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur Tehsil, Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is named after the Goddess Danteshwari. Traditionally she is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of Bastar state
Lost some of images from the SD card and as such lost pictures of the temple and the local Bastar fair that goes on during the Dussehra festival days.



"Bailadila" range of hills derive its name from the shape of hills. As the hills of the range look like 'the hump of an ox' it's named so by the native inhabitants of this place.

The association of very rich and extensive iron ores with hematite quartzite in the Bailadila range has first been made known to the world between 1898-1900 by Mr. P.N.Bose who was the first to do geological mapping of this region. A systematic geological mapping was done later between 1932-38 through which 14 iron ore bearing hills have been chalked out from the range. In view of the urgency of assessment of the mineral potentialities of this region, a separate cirlce of GSI was formed in December, 1958, and in the same year IBM was assigned the job of detailed proving of some of these deposits.

NMDC stepped in the area in the later half of 1961 and since then it is actively engaged in extraction, development and exploration of many deposits of the ranges, namely Deposit-14,5,4 and also 11C & 13.


On to Danteshewari temple and then onwards to absolute desolate road to Bailadila - sometimes this road is unsafe. Local drivers opinion was sought and we moved forward to see the mines. - But then on a Sunday they let visitors [very few goes anyway] to go down the mine shafts - next time for sure.

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Returned back now for the ultimate visual treat - Chitrakote waterfall in almost full flow - around monsoon time

Chitrakote Resort run by toursim department is the only and best place to stay, just away from the waterfalls with amazing views from each room.

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Chitrakot Waterfall is supposed to be the Niagara Falls of India. It is the broadest water fall in India. During Monsoon one can see its might. The River Indravati falls from a height of 29 m (96 ft) to form this waterfall. It is located 48 km (30 mi) from Jagdalpur and is accessible by road only. There is a helipad but it is used by government only. A few small hotels and restaurants are located near the falls.

Indravati River comes out placidly before it plunges beyond the edge in full glory - what a sight!

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And the river then moves down towards the south of Chhattisgarh
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And as we spent the night gossiping with the caretaker of the resort, asked him one definite question - why is the other side so desolate - what lies in there? Can we go over that side.

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VTT-TMT drenched and somewhat cleaned- but it never knew what it is going through the next day - in search of the other side of Chitrakote falls
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