Kanger Ghati National Park




Brief


Kanger Ghati National Park is known for its splendid waterfalls, underground limestone caves, stupendous biodiversity and, of course, its beautiful landscape. No wonder it has been attracting more and more tourists to its beautiful valleys. And if you are one of them who is considering a trip to Kangher Ghati National Park, look no further. Kanger Valley National Park, established on 22 July 1982 and situated 25 km southeast of Jagdalpur, headquarter of Bastar district, on Jagdalpur-Darbha road, is one of such floristically rich protected areas.

Kanger Ghati National Park is well approachable from district head quarter Jagadalpur[Bastar]. It is 27 km. from the Jagadalpur on the Jagadalpur – Konta road. There is another approach, 33 km. via Jagadalpur – Sargipal – Jatam – Nianar – Bodal netanar road. North boundary of the National Park is marked by village Netanar, Milkulwada and Nangalsar. The vegetation in park area is mixed moist deciduous type. The national Park is situated on the valley of river Kanger. The valley is in fact one of the last pockets of almost virgin forests still left in the southern C.G. Kanger valley is about 24 km.

Fauna
The fauna in the park Panther , Chital, Chousing, Sambhar, Chinkara Tiger, Barking dear, Mouse deer [rare] Bear, Wild boar , Wild dogs, Jungle cat, Langoor,Black buck, Jackals, Wolf, Hyena , Fox,Hare, Kobra, Kraits, Python, Monitor lizards, Steppe eagle, Blue bearded lace eater, Peacock, Jangli murgi, Red Spur fall, Phakta, Bhura Teetar, Kala Teetar, Tree pie, Drongo.

Flora
The flora in the park Teak, Sal,Saja, Bija, Dhavara, Tendu, Mahua, Haldu,Tinsa, Suria, Kushum, Semal, Harra, Padar, Kasai. Grasses: Bamboo, Chir, Kans, Kusal, Khus, Phulbahari. Climbers:Mahulbel, Palas bel, Ramdaton, Satawar, Malar. Parasites : Amarbel { Cascuta relaxa}, Bandha { Dendrophtheo alcata}

In and Around


Kanger River
Called as the lifeline of the park. The river not just nourishes the entire valley, but also adds to the aesthetic appeal.

Kanger valley
Known for its huge limestone deposits. Such deposits over the course of millions of years have formed many limestone caves in the region. Among then, Kotamsar and Kailash caves are the only ones tourists have access to.

Tirathgarh waterfalls
The most beautiful and enchanting place of the city; Tirathgarh Waterfalls is located at a distance of 35 Kms, in the direction of south-west. The waterfall is 300 ft in height and is located in the Kanger Valley National Park. It is counted as one of the very beautiful destination to enjoy with the family.

Kanger Dhara
It is a wonderful picnic spot that enables one to see beautiful views of Kanger River. There are also small waterfalls in its lush green environs.

Bhainsa Darha
It is a beautiful water pool formed in one of the deep gorges of Kanger River. It is encompassed by thick green mountains in all sides.

Kailash and Kutumsar Caves
The Caves are located in the dense forests of Kanger Valley National Park, near the Tirathgarh Waterfalls and is situated at a distance of 40 Kms from Jagdalpur. It was founded in the year of 1993 and became one of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Jagdalpur. Kutumsar Caves are underground caves located 35m below the earth.

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple
The temple is devoted to the Lord of the Universe, Sri Venkateswara Swami or Lord Balaji. The member of the Andhra Association, Nuguru Venkatapuram Zamindar established the temple and is believed to be nearly 90 years old. The temple remains crowded with local people and tourists to seek the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara.

Chitrakoot Falls
One of the most impressive attractions of Chhattisgarh is the Chitrakoot Falls, located 50 km from Jagdalpur, in the Bastar district, and 273 km from Raipur. River Indravati flows down perennially from the Vindhya mountain ranges and gives rise to these waterfalls, which are a major tourist attraction, especially during the rainy season. The Chitrakoot waterfalls appear to be in the shape of a horse-shoe. Positioned at a height of about 100 feet, Chitrakoot Falls are the largest waterfalls in India.

Best Time


The best season to visit the Kanger Valley is November – June

How to Reach


By Air
The nearest airport is at Raipur (330km).

By Rail
The nearest railway station is Jagdalpur(27 km).

By Road
You can reach Kangher Ghati either through Jagdalpur-Konta road or Jagdalpur-Sargipal-Jatam-Nianar-Bodal road. You can enter the National park through either Kotamsar or Netanar barriers. Netanar and Kotamsar are each at distances of 33 km and 27 km respectively from Jagdalpur. There are frequent bus services from Jagdalpur to The nationalPark.

Stay / Eat


Where to Stay
If you prefer staying inside the National Park, try the accommodation facilties at the forest rest houses at Kotamsar and Tirathgarh. Otherwise, there are a number of lodges, resorts and rest houses available at Jagdalpur.

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