Jagdalpur is a city in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
From Visakhapatnam, catch the 1 Vishakapatnam - Kirandul Passenger (1VK) having Reserved First Class & Sleeper Class accommodation. 1 VK departs Vishakapatnam at around 6:45AM and reaches Jagdalpur by around 5:30PM.
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 the 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 Raipur (Capital of Chhattisgarh state), the road to Jagdalpur is good enough. You have regular overnight non-a/c sleeper buses running between Raipur/Bilaspur & Jagdalpur.
- Check out the Anthropological museum (Located about 3 km from the city centre - closed on Sundays); there is also a big lake within Jagdalpur, with boating facilities. Take a walk down the Sanjay market area. No public transport in Jagdalpur; you can hire cycle-rickshaws though.
- Check out the ancient palace built by Kaktiya Dynasty Rulers, around one and half kilometers away from the city centre(Chandni square, now called as Luniya Square).
- Check out the new archeological museum made on the front of Sirhasaar Square(around one and half kilometers away from the city centre), where you can enjoy the conserved ancient idols and statues showing rich architecture and sculpture of Nagwanshi rulers of early 11 century.
- Enjoy a hangout with your friends at 'Dalpatsagar' which is nearly around 300 acres of lake, most suitable for youngsters , youth, and joggers.It is nearly half a kilometer from Palace.
- Check out a beautiful park called 'Shahid Park',nearly half a kilometer right from the city centre(Chandni square, now called as Luniya Square).
- 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 tarrif of Rs 1000/- + Luxury Tax of Rs 50/- (As on July 2007 - check up with Chhattisgarh Tourism Board for the latest tarrif).
- Tirathgarh Waterfalls, situated about 35 km from Jagdalpur (You need to take a detour from NH 212 - the road to Bhadrachalam) is another must-watch. 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!
- 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 facinating 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.
Mandiya Page - The word "Mandiya page" simply means a kind of drink made from the boiling of grinded powder of the rice and a special seed rurally called as 'Mandiya'(resembles more or less like mustard, but the taste is very refreshing), here by the word 'page', it means 'drink'.
Mahua - the traditional Bastar drink. Have it strong or mix it with water or soft drinks.
Some other drinks such as sulphi and chhindras are also available which are sweet natural liquid extracts of sulphi tree and chhind tree(a kind of Palm tree). No need to mix water, it will taste as coconut tree drink. with time it will have more vigour you should drink it the same day other it will become sour and unable to drink the next day...
Just Contact the protocal officer of collectorate & he'll do the necessary arrangements...
If not on your own conveyance,and intend to get to Raipur, catch one of those numerous sleeper non-a/c buses to Raipur.
If you intend to go to Vishakapatnam, catch the return 2VK passenger that arrives at Jagdalpur at around 9:30AM (Daily service).
If you intend to go to Hyderabad/Vijayawada, start early, catch the NH 221 to Bhadrachalam, and onwards to Hyderabad/Vijayawada.
BEWARE OF NH-16 TOWARDS NIZAMABAD - Never even think of going west, towards Nizamabad (In Andhra Pradesh). Maps show the existence of NH16, linking Jagdalpur & Nizamabad via Gidam, Bijapur, Madded & Bhopalapatnam, but in reality, the road (NH-16) starts getting bad to worse from Bijapur onwards, and abruptly comes to a halt at Bhopalapatnam. Lack of a bridge across the Indrawati near Bhopalapatnam is the main culprit.
So, if you are planning to get to Hyderabad via Bhopalapatnam & Warangal (NH - 202) - don't even think about it!