27 December 2012
Chitrakoot falls is called as “Niagara of India”. It is a common practice in India to compare falls against Niagara!! But to give credit to Chitrakoot, it is an amazing falls to see in monsoon although I never saw it in rainy season. The grandeur of monsoon cannot be expected during December but still good enough to visit.
Chitrakoot falls is about 35 km from Jagdalpur which took us little less than an hour to cover the distance. On the way we visited a tribal museum which could have been given a miss. Our point of stay “Chitrakoot” resort” was next to the Indravati River. A beautiful property from Chhattisgarh tourism at an affordable rate.
That afternoon we saw ourselves walking down to the base of the falls. What a pleasant place it was!!
|First view of the falls|
The waterfall was still quite far and what separated it was the wide pool of water formed at the bottom of the falls. Boats were busy ferrying people to the base of the falls. That would be fun.
The boatmen were busy in removing water from the boats. It looked scary. Water entered when boat went near the falls and not due to any leaks. That was little assuring but still the fragile boat looked scary. I hoped it will live up for one more round trip to the falls!!
We made it a point to put life jackets on. My daughter was little worried on seeing the boat. The memory of being struck in a paddle boat at Kolli hills was still fresh in her mind. But she was relaxed on hearing that it was not a paddle boat!!
The boat slowly moved towards the falls. As it neared the falls, the excitement of the people manifested several times. It was a pure fun to experience the water splashing on us. The boat went very near to the falls much nearer than I thought.
After the eventful boat ride, I and my wife spent some good time looking at the falls while my daughter kept herself busy playing on the sand. It was time to climb back.
The view from the top was equally spectacular. I just imagined how great it would look like during monsoon.
See the boat from the top of the falls.
The evening we spent at the top of the falls and then headed back to our room.
After dark, I was back again at the falls. The little crowd present in the evening was all gone. I was all alone at the falls (My wife and daughter decided to stay back in room). The flood lights gave completely different look to the falls.