Chitrakoot Falls

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Chitrakot Falls
Chitrakot waterfalls.JPG
Chitrakot in monsoon
Location Jagdalpur, India
Coordinates 19°12′23″N 81°42′00″E / 19.206496°N 81.699979°E / 19.206496; 81.699979
Type Cataract
Total height 29 metres (95 ft)
Watercourse Indravati River

The Chitrakot Falls (alternative spelling Chitrakut) (Hindi: चित्रकोट जलप्रपात) is a waterfall located near Jagdalpur, in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on the Indravati River. The height of the falls is about 29 metres (95 ft).[1][2] People of Bastar called it chitracote ghumar. Ghumar is a Halbi word means water fall and chitar means cheetal (deer), because presence of deer people called it chitar kot. The breadth of the waterfall varies, as the water level in the river goes down drastically during summer. However during a monsoon the river touches both the banks and is filled with silt. In contrast, during summer the water carries no silt and looks different.

The area around the falls is largely forested.

Chitrakot in monsoon[edit]

The day before the photographs were taken, the region was cut off due to floods, so the photographs here will show you the falls at maximum water level. However when most visitors visit they will find the falls much narrower but taller. Chitrakot Waterfalls is also called 'The Niagara Falls of India'.

Panoramic View[edit]

Panoramic view of Chitrakot in December


It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Jagdalpur. the footfall is high and accommodation is available at the falls and in Jagdalpur.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Incredible India Central India: Natural Attractions Accessed 24 April 2008
  2. ^ "Chitrakot Falls". famous india. Retrieved 2010-07-05.