The lush green forests of Kanha National Park are unarguably the pride of Madhya Pradesh. Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, the national park remains one of the few spots where these majestic creatures can be observed in their natural habitat. But the park is not the only attraction of the town of Bhedaghat in Jabalpur, whose gorgeous waterfall draws countless tourists every year.
Here, the Narmada River has beautifully carved marble hills on her quest to the Arabian Sea. These striking cliffs are a testament to the prehistoric volcanic activity in the area. Located on either side of the river, the green, black and white hills look otherworldly when bathed in sunlight, and ethereal on nights when the moon shines down on them. Bhedaghat’s waterfalls and riverbanks should be at the top of your Kanha sightseeing itinerary. However, there are other attractions you can explore as well on your family vacation to Bhedaghat.
A breath-taking waterfall on the Narmada River, Dhuandhar Falls is called so because the river falls through a narrow channel with extreme force, creating vapor that makes it look like smoke. One of the top tourist attractions of Jabalpur, the tranquil falls make for a stunning sight.
This is where two cliffs of marble rock mountains converge, with the river Narmada gently flowing through the middle. An enjoyable activity here is taking a boat ride amidst these beautiful marble rocks. As added entertainment, the guides on the boats narrate love stories with a comedic twist that will leave you amused.
Nature sometimes creates a mirage to delight people and the formations in Bhedaghat take the shape of animals, Miran Kunch, Haathi ka Paon, Cow Horns, and Horse Hooves. A quick trip to see these formations is another interesting way to spend your time in this city.
Chausat Yogini Temple
Built in the 10th century, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. The temple is located on a hillock and commands a breathtaking view of the Dhuandhar Falls and marble rocks. It is a sacred place where the locals and devotees flock to throughout the year. Beautiful and intricately carved, the temple is an example of the fine architecture of the Kalchuri period. Apart from the main idol, there are 64 idols of “Yoginis”, the female attendants of the goddess who stand guard to this day.
Experience the true wonder of a cable car ride that shows the real majesty of the falls. The car takes you from Narmada’s eastern bank to the west, offering a stunning view of the falls.
Enjoy the natural calm and beauty of the town through leisurely walks on the banks of the river. The city’s local handicrafts industry also produces excellent marble products from lingams to statues, household items to decorative items and more. These are ideal if you want to take back souvenirs of your time here. The best time to visit Bhedaghat is just after the monsoon, when the surrounding area is filled with lush greenery and the Narmada has swelled up in size.
Timings – Boating: 8 am to 6 pm; Cable car: 11 am to 6 pm
No entry fees
You can visit Bhedaghat by hiring a taxi from the Kanha National Park.