The hidden Niagara Falls of India you probably didn’t know about
Well, in case you've been dreaming about visiting the Niagara Falls,this piece of information might save your travel expenses all the way to Ontario--India has one of its own.
Hailed as the Niagara Falls of India, Chitrakot Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh is located to the west of Jagdalpur in Bastar district.
Chitrakot is about 100 feet high and about 1000 feet wide, making it the widest waterfall of India. The waterfall is also compared to the Niagara Falls owing to its horseshoe shape.
The amount of water discharged per second by Chitrakot is around 20 lakh litres. It is said that the pressure of falling water is equivalent to the weight of 500 elephants.
One of the unique features of Chitrakot is its seasonal change in texture due to changing climatic conditions. Besides, rainbow reflecting on the mist from the waterfall during the monsoons is a sight to behold.
On the banks of the pond below the falls are Shiv lingas and iron trishuls. On the left bank is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva apart from the naturally carved grottoes named 'Parvati' caves.
This hidden wonder in Chhattisgarh's tribal hinterland is also luring a lot of tourists from all over the country. The pond is open to adventure activities like water sports or even pilgrimage. This site, deemed naturally suitable for eco-tourism by the Ministry of Tourism and Development of the Government of India, is now being conserved as a spot for sustainable tourism according to plans formulated by the ministry.