😁 5 Off-beat Places in Chattisgarh

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Hey explorer, 

I know how frustrated one might get when we stop doing something we have been doing for quite a while. As a traveller, I have been to off-beat places in India within 3 to 4 days of the planned itinerary. 

However, I couldn't travel much with longer stays due to unforeseen situations. That's why I came up with places we can explore within a day this time. Here are a few off-beat one-day trips you can hop on in Chattisgarh. 

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5 Hidden Gems in Chattisgarh

Chhattisgarh, a state in central India, has a treasure trove of places, like most other states in India, with natural wonders and historical wonders. Here's a glimpse into some of its captivating destinations:

1. Sirpur

Step back in time and explore the rich Chhattisgarh's history at Sirpur. Once a well-known Mahayana Buddhist center, this town has a wealth of architectural wonders dating back to the 5th and 7th centuries. 

Immerse yourself in the peace of ancient monasteries, admire carved temples like the Mahakoshal Temple, and witness the remains of bygone universities that were once knowledge hubs. 

Top 3 Things To Do

  • Pay a Visit to Mahakoshal Temple:  This 7th-century brick wonder dedicated to Lord Shiva is a masterpiece of architecture.

  • Uncover the Buddhist Monastery: Explore the ruins of this ancient monastery and learn about the region's Buddhist heritage.

  • Visit the Archaeological Museum:  Immerse yourself in the region's history through artifacts, sculptures, and inscriptions.

How to Get There?

Sirpur is well-connected by road to major cities in Chhattisgarh. The nearest railway station is at Mahasamund (20 km away), while Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur (170 km) is the closest airport.

When to Visit?

The pleasant weather from October to March makes Sirpur an ideal year-round destination as they are winter months and don't affect any of your travel plans. 

2. Madku Dweep

Escape the everyday hustle and bustle and discover peace at Madku Dweep, an island sanctuary amidst the scenic Maikal River. Fresh beaches framed with palm trees call you to relax and soak up the sun. 

It is a spot for birdwatchers with several resident and migratory birds. For a touch of adventure, go on a boat ride on the Maikal River, exploring hidden coves and seeing the island's beauty from a different perspective.

Top 3 Things To Do

  • Feel Calmness:  Relax on the untouched beaches and chill in the middle of the beautiful surroundings.

  • Go Birdwatching:  Spot a variety of resident and migratory birds that call this island home as you walk around the island. 

  • Enjoy Boating Adventures: Go on a boat ride on the Maikal River and discover the island's hidden coves.

How to Get There? 

Madku Dweep is accessible by road from villages near Kawardha. The nearest railway station is at Kawardha, and Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur is the most convenient airport.

When to Visit?

The months between October and March offer comfortable weather for exploring Madku Dweep because of the cool climate, making it much easier to enjoy the surroundings. 

3. Chitrakoot Falls

Be mesmerized by the cascading Chitrakoot Falls, once called the "Niagara of India." This three-tiered waterfall on the Indravati River is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers alike. 

Witness the power of the cascading water, feel the refreshing spray mist on your face, and capture breathtaking photographs. For a closer look, go on a thrilling boat ride and explore the calm islets surrounding the falls. 

Top 3 Things To Do

  • Notice the Power of Nature:  Enjoy the breathtaking view of the falls and feel the spray on your face.

  • Enjoy a Boat Ride: Explore the serene beauty of the surrounding islets on a boat ride.

  • Go Trekking:  For the adventurous, trek through the lush forests surrounding the falls.

How to Get There?

Chitrakoot Falls is easily accessible by road from Jagdalpur. Jagdalpur railway station serves the area, and Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur is the nearest airport.

When to Visit?

The monsoon season (June to September) brings Chitrakoot Falls to life, but be ready for slightly slippery terrains. The winter months (October to February) offer pleasant weather for exploring.

4. Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Let your inner explorer (or your kids) jump on a thrilling wildlife safari in Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a refuge for various flora and fauna as it sits in the dense forests. 

Spot tigers and leopards roaming freely, and keep your eyes peeled for sloth bears. For a panoramic view of the sanctuary and a chance to capture breathtaking wildlife sightings, climb the watchtowers. 

Top 3 Things To Do

  • Go on a Wildlife Safari: Spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and many birds in their natural habitat.

  • Explore the Lush Forests:  Hike through the green forests and discover the rich biodiversity of the sanctuary.

  • Visit the Watchtowers: Climb the Watchtowers for panoramic views of the sanctuary and capture breathtaking wildlife sightings.

How to Get There?

Barnavapara Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road from villages near Kawardha. The nearest railway station is at Kawardha, and Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur is the most convenient airport.

When to Visit?

October and March provide comfortable weather for exploring the sanctuary without boiling temperatures and clear skies to watch birds dancing. 

5. Tirathgarh Falls

Witness the awe-inspiring Tirathgarh Falls, known as the "Niagara Falls of Chhattisgarh." This block-type waterfall on the Kanger River rushes from 91 meters (299 ft) in a single drop, creating a breathtaking scene.

Surrounded by lush greenery within the Kanger Ghati National Park, Tirathgarh Falls offers a break from the heat and a chance to reconnect with nature while enjoying the falls and the jeep safari.

Top 3 Things To Do

  • Glimpse the Falling Falls: Take in the power and beauty of the water plunging down 91 meters, creating a mesmerizing scene.

  • Explore the Kanger Ghati National Park:  Discover the park's diverse flora and fauna through a jeep safari. 

  • Descent to the Pool (Optional): Take a refreshing dip only with proper guidance, depending on water levels and safety instructions. 

How to Get There?

Tirathgarh Falls is within the Kanger Ghati National Park (35 km) southwest of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. Jagdalpur Railway Station is the nearest railway station, and Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur is the closest airport

When to Visit?

The best time to visit Tirathgarh Falls is during the post-monsoon season, from October to February, because the waterfalls are in full flow and the weather is pleasant.  for exploring the sanctuary without boiling temperatures and clear skies to watch birds dancing. 


Although these places vary in characteristics, one thing that remains the same irrespective of the type and number of memories you create is that all these places can become your one-day or weekend trips, best for off time from your busy life and connect deep within yourself. The best part? Most of these places also turn your exploring into insightful ones. 

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