When we move towards the west of Jagdalpur in the Bastar District of Chattisgarh, Indravati River takes a deep sink from a horseshoe gorge in Chitrakoot. The majestic 95 feet drop of the river down the cliff makes this a sheer display to view. The Chitrakoot falls are around 38 kilometres away from Jagdalpur and give a powerful vision during the monsoons when the Indravati River floods. The otherwise indirect streams come together to let loose its power and totally cover the flat ground situated above the face.
The sheer influence of this 300-metre wide waterfall has led visitors to exactly coin a special name for this waterfall and it is known as India's Niagara. Local boatsmen lead you to amazing sites near the spray below the waterfall to witness Chitrakoot Falls in full glory. The vision of the waterfall at sunset and the changing hues around it is something to cherish throughout your life.
The best time to visit this magnificent waterfall in the heart of the wilderness of Chattisgarh is from the month of July to October when the Indravati River let loose its full force. The water carries an enormous amount of silt but it's still a vision for visitors.
However, for the photographers, October to February remains the best time as you get amazing pictures during this period. Even for and nature lovers this is the best time when you can keep on adoring the waterfall.
Route 1: The airport which is near to the Chitrakoot Falls is in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. The airport is at a distance of around 284km from Chitrakoot and can be reached in about 5 hours if you have taken a hired taxi.
Route 2: The nearest railway station to the Chitrakoot Falls is Jagdalpur Station on the Kirandul-Vishakhapatnam Line. Travellers can take a flight to Visakhapatnam and take a train to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam. Shared taxis can be hired to reach Chitrakoot from Jagdalpur train station which is considerably cheap.
Route 3: Distance between Delhi and Jagdalpur is approximately 1450km. A road trip from Delhi to Jagdalpur takes around 20 hours, taking you through Gwalior, Jhansi and the Balaghat Hill forest range, and 5 hours away from this main junction stands Chitrakoot.