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, Hyderabad, Jagdalpur is around 600kms far.
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.From Raipur, jagdalpur is around 300kms far.
Jagdalpur invites a lot of tourist who are interested in wooden art because it is famous for the Bastar wooden art, in which the wooden furniture are carved with the depiction of culture, tradition and custom of tradition of Bastar. So you can have a better option at the time of choosing any furniture .i.e. Bastar wooden art furniture.
One very unique and ancient style of metal art exist in Jagdalpur(Bastar) called "Bell metal art", famous as it is a alloy with a combination of more than two metals(mostly brass, nickle and zinc), crafted into beautiful idols of different designs. The BELL METAL or DHOKRA is one of the earliest known method of metal casting. This craft dates back to pre-historic time of Harappa and Mohenjodaro period of Indus Valley Civilization.
Dhokra metal casting is perhaps the only living tradition of metal image making in Eastern India. The technique has managed to survive many centuries and change of dynasties owing to its modesty of application in everyday lives if traditional tribal people of BASTAR, Chhattisgarh, INDIA by more than 10,000 traditional tribals.
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'.
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!