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Kanker district lies between the two biggest cities of Raipur which is the capital of Chhattisgarh and Jagdalpur. The district headquarters of Kanker district, Kanker has a history from the stone age. The town is immensely influenced by Buddhism which started back in the sixth century. The district is famous for the Madai festival which is celebrated from one location to another. It moves from Bastar to Kanker district to many other places. The tribes from different places come together to celebrate the festival and enjoy the essence of different places.

History of Kanker

Kanker is situated in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state of India. Previously, it was a part of Madhya Pradesh state (before the formation of Chhattisgarh State). In 1999, Kanker was declared as an independent district.

The history of Kanker is as old as the Stone Age when the residents formed a Barbaric group and showcased habits similar to that of an animal. According to mythological epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, the place was filled with dense forests and was not accessible to humankind. During the late time, the place was home to several saints and spiritual gurus such as Kank, Lomesh, Shringi, and Angira. According to the earlier traces, the place was greatly influenced by Buddhism. During the year 106 AD, the place was reigned by the Satavahana Dynasty. The great Chinese traveler, scholar and Buddhist monk, Xuanzang has shared several references related to Kanker.  

Places to Visit in Kanker

Kanker Palace. The most popular destination of this town is Kanker Palace and heritage of the place defines the ancient realm of the territory. The palace was built in the 19th century and was redesigned later. A wonderful palace to visit where accommodation is available for the guests and is among the top-rated resorts.

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Charre-Marre Waterfall. Positioned at a distance of 17km from Kanker, Charre-Marre Waterfall offers a scenic view to its visitors and keeps you fascinated. Undoubtedly, an ideal destination to restore your energy and soothe yourself.

Gadiya Mountain. It is here where you will find the mysterious cave where a famous Kandra king used to hide with his family; alongside, you will also find a tank that never has a dearth of water. It is the best place to start your trip in this town and exploring the heritage as well as the pride of this place.

Maa Shivani Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Maa Kali and Maa Durga and encircled with calmness and divinity. You’d find several tourists, especially at the time of Navratri, when devotees visit this temple to get the blessings.

Things to do in Kanker

Gangrel Dam. This is the most upstream dam situated on the Mahanadi River. The Gangrel Dam is the largest dam in the state of Chhattisgarh. There are several resorts here so one can easily enjoy different water activities and keep themselves entertained. 

Parsu Tola. It is just a few kilometers away from Kanker. The place is famous for various water activities like surfing, boating, etc. 

Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. Although tourists don't know much about this place, the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit. One can explore a variety of flora and fauna at this sanctuary. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Kanker

Rajim Lochan Mahotsav. Most of the renowned temples of India host some grand fairs in the temples for people to indulge in the history and culture of the temple as well as the place. Read more

Chakradhar Samaroh. This festival is celebrated in the home of music and dance forms of the state which is Raigarh. The place has made its own identity due to the birth of few known musicians and artists and has proved its worth in the state of Chhattisgarh. Read more

Madai Festival. The culture of Chhatisgarh can be experienced here via a tribal community that is distinct from any other tribe in India. It is unique, exciting and informative at the same time. Madai Festival is celebrated by the Gond Tribe of Chhattisgarh from the month of December to March. Read more

Best Time to Visit Kanker

One can visit from October to March as this is the right time to visit this region.

How to Reach Kanker

Air. The nearest airport is Swami Vivekanand Airport which is located in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. It is just 127 kilometers away from Kanker city. The airport is well-connected to major cities of India like Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Furthermore, the airport is served by renowned airline services such as Jet Airways, Indigo, Jet Lite, etc.  

Rail. Kanker does not have its own railway station. Thus, The nearest railway stations are Balod Railway Station, Dalli-Rajhara Railway Station, and Gunderdehi Railway Station that are at a distance of 74.2, 80.6, and 103 km respectively. Also, if you hail from the metropolitan cities of India, then Raipur Railway Station is where you will have to deboard. Then, you can head to local express trains to reach Kanker. 

Road. The road connectivity of Kanker is well-designed to reach the neighbouring cities of it. If you are planning a road from Nagpur to Kanker, it will take more than 7 hours to reach via NH 57. 

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