Depicting the beauty of the Central Plains of Chhattisgarh,
Gariyaband is one of the most beautiful districts of state. Gariyaband is the home of some of the most
beautiful waterfalls. Among them, the most beautiful waterfalls are the falls
of Jatmai and Ghatarani.
Image: Ghatarani Waterfall
how to reach?
are actually two different waterfalls 6kms away from each other. Jatmai-Ghatarani
is nearly 90 kms from State Capital Raipur and nearly 40 kms from District
Head Quarter. Just 20 kms away from Gariyaband, there is a village called Panduka,
towards Gariyaband-Rajim State Highway, from where Jatmai Waterfall is nearly
is 20-22 kms away. For reaching Ghatarani, again we have to start our journey from Jatmai
and take the straight forest road which after a couple of miles, turns into a kachcha
road, which after next 4kms leads to our next beautiful destination called
Site Map of Jatmai Ghatarani Waterfalls
Both the Waterfalls are approachable
throughout the year, as it is just 20-22 kms east from State highway. Here the
months of rainy and early winter season are most advisable for visiting these
wonders. As Panduka village is directly on the State Highway, one can
find good hotels, lodges and restaurants in Raipur, Gariyaband and Rajim and
can plan their tour-plan from there.
being at Jatmai Waterfall:
This area actually comes under Chhura block of Gariyaband
District. Welcoming with the roaring sound of Falls, Jatmai is divine spiritual
place famous for its milky waterfall as well as Goddess Durga temple centrally placed
in a rocky sanctum in a sharp thin grotto down to middle of the left side of
bank of fall. The fall is 20 feet high (approx.) flowing with a milky cascade
of Water from upstream.
Image: Mata Jatmai Temple
Image: Jatmai waterfall with temple
Image: Jatmai waterfall with temple
Both the banks of Jatmai fall are witness of some of the most
beautiful temples of district, painted in white colour everywhere, complimenting
the milky colour of falls. The upstream can be traversed quite up to a long
distance. Tourists love to do hiking and climbing sort of sports. Other than
the fame of religious waterfall, this place is also famous for water-sports.
being at Ghata-rani Waterfall:
Ghatarani waterfall is a bit larger than Jatmai waterfall and
nearly 6kms from Jatmai Waterfall from a kachcha road directly leading
to Ghata-rani Waterfall. Ghatarani is
nearly 30-35 feet wide and 25-30 feet in height with a divine sanctum of
Goddess Durga on the right bank of fall, which is known as Mata Ghatarani
temple. This place too holds the same importance as Jatmai Waterfall.
Image: Mata Ghatarani Temple
The upper most side of waterfall is formed as cascade upto
first 5 feet, followed by formation of cataract up to 20-25 feet reaching the
foot of the falls. The foot of the falls homes a shallow reservoir which is
incompatible to store the huge amount of water coming from upstream, hence
allows the flow of water downstream again forming gentle low cascades which is
completely occupied by devotees and tourists. This place too is famous for
water-sports and young people love to do hiking and mountain climbing in this
Image: Ghatarani Waterfall (with Author)
Image: Ghatarani Waterfall
These sites are perfect picnic spots for youngsters as well
as families too. Being the nearest waterfalls from state capital, they have the
capacity to become one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Chhattisgarh.
there are some good tourist places like Taurenga Reservoir, Kukdha Mini-Dam,
Chingra-pagaar Waterfall nearby these marvels, one can plan a tour including
these places also. Last but not the least, my special tanks to Mr.
Mahendra Sinha and Mr. Verma for their support and time, they have
given me for visiting these wonders.
This citation is a part of my travalogue, my experience while going
through the different eco-touristm sites of Gariyaband district.
Waterfall (Baruka, Gariyaband) (A blog by Jitendra Nakka)
Being one of the most newly formed district, Gariyaband has
the potential to be of the most beautiful eco-tourism site of the Central
Chhattisgarh. Gariyaband has some of the most beautiful waterfalls of
Chhattisgarh, some of which still strive to get recognised in and around the
state. One such marvel is “Chingra-pagaar Waterfall”.
Figure: Chingra-pagaar Waterfall
Photo source: Jitendra Nakka
how to reach?
Chingra-pagaar Waterfall is nearly
78kms from State Capital Raipur and nearly 12kms from District Head Quarter.
Just 12kms away from Gariyaband, there is a village called Baruka, towards
Gariyaband-Rajim State Highway, from where Chingra-pagaar is 3kms east to its
Figure: Location map of Chingra-pagaar Waterfall
Photo source: (C) www.mapsofindia.com
Waterfall is approachable throughout
the year, as it is just 3kms from State highway, but the last 3kms journey is
from dense forest with a unmetalled stony Kachcha road, with a lot of
undulations and small brooks along the road, which will test the patience of
tourist. But a 5-10 mins of patient journey will led to a splendid surprise
which is called Chingra-pagaar Waterfall.
Figure: Chingra-pagaar Waterfall with Author
As told by the local Villagers, that
the fall receives water from a hilly brook up from the hill, so it gets dry
during summer. Hence the months of rainy and winter season are most advisable
for visiting this wonder. As Baruka village is directly on the State
Highway, one can find good hotels, lodges and restaurants in Raipur, Gariyaband
and Rajim and can plan their tour-plan from there.
This area actually comes under
Gariyaband block of District. The most specific feature during the journey to
this marvel is the road track of this hilly terrain, which is fully undulated
with slopes somewhere even upto 45 degree. As the soil is sandy, the soil gets
attached into the tyre of the bikes, and the tyre gradually slips on the road
surface and somewhere its full of boulders and demands the patience of rider.
As the tourist reaches near, he/she
can be able to hear the roaring sound of fall from a distance of half-kilometer.
Walking along a bouldary path which is
complete a dense forest, leaves you spellbound in a mesmerizing natural
Figure: Way to Chingra-pagaar Waterfall Photo source: Jitendra Nakka
The water from a hilly brook plunges
down from a considerable height of 60 feet (approx.) to make this beautiful
fall of Chingra-pagaar. The best part of this waterfall is two
stage formation where the first stage and second stage of fall are incorporated
with each-other, where the first stage is completely steep and gives it a
height of 40-45 feet whereas the second stage is 15-20 feet high, hence both
the stage combinedly gives it a height of 60 feet, from where the water plunges
down a 4-5 feet deep reservoir/pond downside. If rain falls heavily it forms
more than one fall laterally parallel to eachother, where the other falls are
bit thinner than the central thick fall.
Figure: Reservoir of Chingra-pagaar Waterfall Photo source: Jitendra Nakka
On both the sides of fall, there are
steep climbing tracks on the large broken boulders of rocks. Young tourists
like to take this place as an ideal adventure site.
As there is no proper approach road
to this place, this place still strives to drive attention of tourist from in
and out of state.
is purely a “silent killer”. If proper attention will be given from local
administration, this site has the potential to become one of the most famous
waterfalls of state and country. As this place is full of indigenous
butterlies, administration can promote this as Butterfly zone. Last but not the
least, my special thanks to Mr. Mahendra Sinha and Vermaji for leading me to
this mesmerizing place.
Figure: Density of Butterflies in Chingra-pagaar Waterfall Photo source: Jitendra Nakka