Several movie songs come to my mind as I picture a waterfall. There is a beauty of nature hidden in the music of waterfalls. It begins with the water moving calmly from its origin, and then the momentum picks up as it nears the fall. When it comes to the fall, everything slows down. You can visualize each and every droplet of the water reaching out to the skies as if they were trying to fly and then plummet to the bottom of its journey. To feel this music, you need to be at the waterfalls.
And lucky me, here I am; at the Chitrakote Waterfalls of Chhattisgarh. Known as India’s finest waterfalls, even when assimilated with the best waterfalls in the whole world. The Chitrakote waterfall is the largest in India, abruptly collapsing to a 100 foot deep cavern.
The specialty of this waterfall is that it is horseshoe shaped. You might get to notice this during the monsoon season between July and October and sometimes even in the spell after monsoon. To take stunning photographs, time yourself in the afternoons when the sun reflects off the water and gives the water a diamond like effect.
Boating and Swimming is not allowed up-stream, as it is very dangerous. However, I noticed that people are allowed to use paddle-boats in the pool of water below the falls. Locals and adventure sports can be seen taking a plunge in the pool below the falls. The waterfall creates a lovely rainbow at times, which makes the scene more alluring.
To the left bank of the Chitrakote Falls of Chhattisgarh, there are several naturally formed grottos where lies a small Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. These caves are known after Lord Shiva’s consort as “Parvati Caves”. The Shrine has a very mystical air about it with the beauty of the waterfall beside it. The locals take it very seriously and are devoted to the grottos as well as the shrine.
I must admit the beauty that lay hidden within these tiny cities and towns of India mesmerize me. I have a bundle of pictures to share with you. Who knows, I might have just convinced you to make a trip here yourself.