“A cherished ethnic way of life and a natural wonder sets the pulse racing …”
Tucked away in the heart of Bastar, the tribal district in the state of Chhattisgarh, amidst a barren rocky terrain...the river Indravati plummets down the 100-feet-high Vindhya hill range to form a spectacular waterfall; what the local tribes call as Chitrakote Ghoomer Far from the madding crowd, Chitrakote is Bastar's showpiece. The cascading water with a mighty deafening roar is thick muddy brown when it rains; and in summer as well as winter, it is milky white with a far off muffled roar. The rainbow on sunny days slowly rises from the depth of the waterfall lake along with the rising sun. It also offers great game for angling and fishing enthusiasts, apart from the boating adventure.
or the 'abode of spotted deer waterfall'. One of the finest in India, it is often compared with the Niagra falls in the West for its crescent moon shape and sheer beauty.
The Chitakote village has grown around the waterfall. A unique ethnicity envelops the environs dotted with patches of mixed deciduous forest; this is a realm of the tribal community that has maintained its distinct identity and traditions through the ages. No wonder, the knowledge and use of ayurveda (indigenous system of medicine using local herbs and forest plants) to address health ailments is pronounced here. In fact, the village offers great potential for the cultivation of medicinal and herbal plants.
The region around Chitrakote is popular for tribal pilgrimage. Walk a short distance (250 mtrs) from the waterfall to visit the 11th century temple with the four and half feet high Shivlinga in a square Yoni; next to it the local Devgudi Temple displays a huge iron hammer head, which is believed to be of Lord Vishvakarma, who according to local folklore dug out the waterfall using this hammer.
Narayanpal Temple, at a distance of 8 km, is a place of heritage importance. The place houses an old temple of Lord Vishnu, aged back to 13th century. Barsoor, known as mini-Khajuraho of Bastar is located only 40 kms away from the waterfall. The place is famous for the temples of 13th-14th century showcasing erotic art. The place is also famous for the largest statue of Lord Ganesha, carved out from a single rock.
Other waterfalls nearby, such as Kukur Ghoomer (dog waterfall) and the Tamda Ghoomer, are smaller as compared to Chitrakote but fascinating nonetheless.