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  1. #11
    Starting on 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.


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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.
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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.
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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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    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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    Chitrakote 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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    Unhappy Re: Interior Chhattisgarh/ Sourthern Orissa- Tribes, Falls & Forests

    It rained huge the last night and the morning view of Chitrakote was as usual great.

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    We were now headed towards the other side, have to go back somewhat on the road to take the bridge over Indravati. We were soon into small villages and asking few people out there for the route. No two persons gave a same route and it was confusing. One person whom we thought like was making sense in kind of direction, followed his instructions, but soon the small pucca village road ended and stopped for a while out there.

    Now the biggest mistake that one can do while on a unknown trail to judge from the driving seat, thats what I did this time. Normally I do get out and walk as much possible before taking a decision whether this trail is like 50% possible in a 2wd.

    This particular trail looked like a laterite [morram] road and as such thought like will get traction since this in not a muddy slippery kind of thing. Many a memories are still fresh with muddy road stuck situations in forests and other travels and how luckily we could get out of such situations before.

    As soon as we were on that embankment we began to slide big time and God knows how with our heart almost out of our month we prevented ourselves from going down to rice fields. There was no way back, it was sliding more - as usual - in back gear. The laterite road what I thought was actually kind of slate reddish mud, it super slippery.

    With no way to go back, we had to move forward, crossed a stream or something, and all through it was a 20-mt of heart stopping, swinging from one edge to other side till we came across another small pucca road and then again to main village road.

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    So that other side still remained unexplored, - fantastic area it is , absolute forest, zero population - even local, and some great terrains.

    Returning back to the resort, now it was time to get down to base of the fall and a boat ride to as close as possible, to feel the spray and listen to gigantic roar up close
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    Another great day and the night spent outside the resort room, visual treat at night time. Next day we prayed for some sunlight for the famous rainbow that happens across the waterfall.
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    Re: Interior Chhattisgarh/ Sourthern Orissa- Tribes, Falls & Forests

    Over the 2 days we were there it was all cloudy and rains in the night, and we were hoping almost against hope to have sunlight now for the last morning before we check out - this for the rainbows that form around the falls. These are amazing views and one is formed in the early morning which we see in the photos below and another prominent one is formed around sunset time - that is more spectacular - that is formed across the falls and the sun sets directly opposite to the falls.

    Anyway in the rainy months this is a rarity, cloudy skies and rainbows dont match up - however again, Chitrakote falls is an absolute must during the monsoon time only - its a different view.


    Lo and behold we got sunlight and thus the rainbow, the morning we checked out for our return jouney.
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    We are now moving to Rayagada from Chitrakote [Jagdalpur]. We followed this route as this is a totally uncommon route to go back rather than take up the NH5 highway. IT would enable us to go through the absolute great country side swathed with greenery and all.

    Journey back via Interior Orissa and Rayagada
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    Over there on searching about any news of any trouble through my airtel internet connection, came across a journalist's website who was based in Koraput and runs also a website regarding the happening of his district [koraputonline.com] . Mailed him on the hunch if he may get this mail might reply of any trouble on this route as there was some big trouble - naxal backed tribals against non-tribals kind of thing and the road was blocked and was unsafe.

    Mr Santakar [journalist] immediately replied back to me and said that the route is okay now and safe and buses are plying and would get back to me on phone if he comes to know of any untoward last minute trouble. Many a thanks to this gentleman for the promptness and all support.

    And glad we took this route, amazing drive through totally empty roads!
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    Re: Interior Chhattisgarh/ Sourthern Orissa- Tribes, Falls & Forests

    Over the 2 days we were there it was all cloudy and rains in the night, and we were hoping almost against hope to have sunlight now for the last morning before we check out - this for the rainbows that form around the falls. These are amazing views and one is formed in the early morning which we see in the photos below and another prominent one is formed around sunset time - that is more spectacular - that is formed across the falls and the sun sets directly opposite to the falls.

    Anyway in the rainy months this is a rarity, cloudy skies and rainbows dont match up - however again, Chitrakote falls is an absolute must during the monsoon time only - its a different view.

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    We are now moving to Rayagada from Chitrakote [Jagdalpur]. We followed this route as this is a totally uncommon route to go back rather than take up the NH5 highway. IT would enable us to go through the absolute great country side swathed with greenery and all.

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    Over there on searching about any news of any trouble through my airtel internet connection, came across a journalist's website who was based in Koraput and runs also a website regarding the happening of his district [koraputonline.com] . Mailed him on the hunch if he may get this mail might reply of any trouble on this route as there was some big trouble - naxal backed tribals against non-tribals kind of thing and the road was blocked and was unsafe.

    Mr Santakar [journalist] immediately replied back to me and said that the route is okay now and safe and buses are plying and would get back to me on phone if he comes to know of any untoward last minute trouble. Many a thanks to this gentleman for the promptness and all support.

    And glad we took this route, amazing drive through totally empty roads!


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