From Visakhapatnam, catch the 1 Vishakapatnam – Kirandul Passenger (1VK) departing Vishakapatnam at around 6:45AM and reaching Jagdalpur by around 5:30PM. It has reserved First Class & Sleeper Class accommodation.
From Hyderabad, you have to reach Bhadrachalam first and then drive down close to 251 km on the single-laned NH 212, via Konta & Sukma to reach Jagdalpur. Road conditions are bad, and be prepared for frequent checks by law enforcement authorities. Your vehicle of choice for a trip to Jagdalpur should ideally be a vehicle having a high ground clearance, and SUVs like the TATA Safari & Ford Endeavour fit the bill perfectly. From Hyderabad, Jagdalpur is around 600 km.
There is no public transport, but you can take a cycle-rickshaw.
- The ‘USP’ of Bastar district – Chitrakote Waterfalls, situated about 38 km from Jagdalpur.
- Chitrakot Falls (about 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur – a one hour drive on an excellent road.). The third largest waterfall in India, justly known as the “Indian Niagara Falls”, will not disappoint you. This spectacular horseshoe-shaped fall is formed where the river Indravati abruptly collapses into a 100 feet deep cavern. The mouth of the fall, when in full profusion, is over 1,000 feet wide. Chitrakot is best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. If you want to take photographs, the light is best in the afternoons. Accommodation available, a couple of hundred metres away from the falls. Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) offers Log Huts (on stilts) with a tariff of ₹1000/- + Luxury Tax of ₹50/- (As on July 2007 – check up with Chhattisgarh Tourism Board for the latest tariff).
- Teerathgarh Waterfall. This 300 ft high waterfall is actually situated in the Kanger Valley National Park (about 15 minutes from the park entrance), about 35 km south of Jagdalpur (You need to take a detour from NH 212 – the road to Bhadrachalam). The fall here splits into multiple falls, creating a stunning vista. While the Teerathgarh falls are not as wide as Chitrakot, you may stand almost under them, or walk across the top to sit on a rock rising up out of the middle. Well maintained steps lead down to the bottom. There is a small temple on a large rock opposite the falls. All around are the ruins of a 1,000 year old, advanced, Hindu civilization. Teerathgarh makes a lovely picnic spot. Get down to the base of the falls, and spend time observing the falls in their full glory. Directions – Boards to the falls are virtually non-existent, so be prepared to ask around a bit – locals are co-operative though! The best time to visit is from October to February.
- There is a weekly ‘Haat’ every Sunday at Narayanpur, about 120 or so km from Jagdalpur, on the road to Raipur. Worth a visit if you want to see live Bastar in action.
- There is huge Ganesh Temple at Barsur – enquire at Jagdalpur for driving directions to Barsur
- There is another temple (dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari) located at Dantewada, about 60 km from Jagdalpur, on the way to Bailadila.
- There are lots of fascinating caves close to Jagdalpur (nearly 35 km from city) called kotamsar caves and dandak caves, the caves are a mush watch as you would not see things like this generally.