Places of Interest
Bhairamdev in Bhairamgarh
It is a historical place which is less explored, which once had the honour of being the capital of the snakes. There are many old temples and idols exists even today. Bhairamgarh was the capital city of Naga King Narasimha Dev in the twelfth century. You will see the holy idols carved on every rock here. In the bushes you will find the remains of those old temples. A huge statue of Bhairava is carved on a rock. On which the temple is built. The footprints on the two square rocks are carved. There is also a historical pond behind the temple. Bhairamdev fair is organised for total of three days. Bhairamdev Temple is located about one km east of Bhairamgarh main road. There is a paved road to the temple. Some archaeological remains will be seen within a circumference of 500 meters from the temple, including the palace of the time of the kings in a poor condition, called Sita Hut. In some distance of the temple, there is a fencing around it, where there is a gate made of stone about 12 to 14 feet high and 8 to 10 feet wide which is called Elephant Gate.
The only Kali Mata temple which is located in a hill top 18 km away on the Tarlaguda road in the south of Bhopalpatnam. The hill on which Maa-Bhadrakali is situated is called Kalika Devi Gutta. The word Gutta is from the Telugu language which means mountain. The height of this hill is 100 feet and a staircase is made to reach the temple. A fair is held here every year on Basant Panchami. Four kilometers from here is the confluence site of Indravati and Godavari. Shivling was established here by Sadapremanand Swami Ji of Gumargunda and this Kund was named as GautamKund. Tourists and worshippers come here to take holy bath and worship in this confluence on the occasion of Magh Purnima, which is full of natural beauty.
Sakal Narayan Cave
Sakalnarayan cave is located on a mountain called Govardhan, 8 km south direction, through a village called Cherrapalli, located at a distance of six km from the headquarters of Bhopalpatnam block. Lord Krishna is seated in solitude within the cave. Here the Sakalnarayan temple of Lord Sri Krishna is situated on the north side on the banks of Chintawagu River. Every year, thousands of devotees come here and offer prayers with devotion and bid farewell to the past year and wish for happiness and prosperity on arrival of the new year.
This village is situated near Bijapur district headquarters is a symbol of devotional faith, which is located at a distance of 2 km from the district headquarters. This village is famous for the fair of Kodai Mata. Here every year a fair is held before Paush Purnima, which is called Pus Jatra in Halbi. This fair is organised for three days. On the first and second day, the umbrella of Kodai Mata is circled in the the village. The holy dance to the beat of the drum takes place from evening to midnight. On the third and final day, mass groups gather to celebrate. Along with fair organisation in area.
Chiktraj is the deity of the residents of Bijapur city, who has historical and religious significance for the residents of the entire Bijapur district. There is a temple of Chiktraj Dev at a distance of about one km on the route from Bijapur to Gangalur. Chiktraj Dev sits in a wooden, 6-7 foot long bamboo shaped. Yatra-Tatra Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi, etc., ancient sculptures of gods and goddesses are situated in front of the temple. The fair is organized here on the first Tuesday that comes after Ram Navami of Chaitra Navratri every year.
The valley runs from Bijapur towards Bhopalpatnam which is called Mahadev-Ghat. There is a temple of Shiva in the valley. The valley reminds of the Keshkal-Ghat passing through a curved bend. The forested high hills attracts passers by.
The Inchampally dam project on the Godavari river bordering Chandur-Dudhera village in the Tadlaguda region is history in itself. Whose survey and construction work is said to have started in 1983. This dam, which was started from the border of Chhattisgarh in the Godavari river, has three walls built about 45 to 50 feet high and 100 to 200 feet long and 10 to 12 feet wide. There is also another wall about 12 to 15 feet high connecting the three walls.
Mattimarka village, which is about 20 km from Bhopalpatnam block headquarters, has now become popular. Here, seeing the beauty of Indravati flowing between the golden sand and stones lying on the banks of river Indravati is worth watching. Here the river flows forming the border of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
Neelam Sarai water stream located in Usur block has become the head of sightseeing in Bijapur after making headlines in recent years. Approximately 7 km from Sodhi Para in Usur, it is possible to reach the Neelum Sarai Falls by climbing three hills.
Nambi village comes after crossing Nadpalli village, eight km east of Usur village. Three km from this village, towards the forest there is a very high waterfall on the mountain in the south direction, which when viewed from below, looks like a thin water stream. Hence it is called Nambi Stream. Looking at this stream falling from a height of about 300 feet above the surface of the earth, it can be said that it is the highest stream of Bastar.
The journey from Usur to Neelam Sarai is full of adventure. After reaching here, the mind gets lost in some world. Just three km away from Neelam Sarai is a very amazing tourist destination called Dobe. Dobe can be called a village of stones. Because here, amazing artifacts made of stones can be seen all around. Unimaginable artifacts made of large stones sometimes look like a Titanic ship. At this place, you can feel the nature from close by taking a night’s rest.
33 km south of Bijapur district headquarters is Awapalli village which is the headquarters of Usur block. About 15 km to the west from here, a village named Lankapalli is situated, which is famous for its 12-month continuous waterfall here. This waterfall, flows calmly, cleanly and freely in the lap of nature, is locally called Bokta in Gondi language, as this waterfall is located near the village of Lankapalli, hence it is known as the Lankapalli waterfall.
Indravati: National Park
The Indravati National Park, spread over 1258.352 sq km, is located at a distance of 170 km from Jagdalpur. The main boundary of the national park is 120 km on the Indravati river bank. In the year 2014, the buffer area was increased to include 282.328 sq km, increasing its area to 1540.700 sq km. It got the status of National Park in 1978. In 1982 it was declared a tiger reserve. Apart from tiger, wild buffalo, reindeer, leopard, chausingha, deer, wild boar and other wildlife are found here.
This sanctuary is spread in the Usur development block of the district. Pamed sanctuary, spanning an area of 262 sq km, is known mainly for the wild buffalo refuge.
Spread over 143 sq km, this sanctuary was formed in the year 1983 to provide protection to the wild buffalo.
Peerless beauty of Teemed
The Indravati river forms the border between Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, near the village of Teemed adjacent to Bhopalpatnam. A high level bridge has been constructed over the river. The river’s most spectacular form is seen here. Nature lovers reach in large numbers to capture scenery.
Madded village of Bhopalpatnam tehsil located on National Highway 63 is famous all over Chhattisgarh for its musical instruments. This Baja also holds its special significance among the various features of the district. There has always been a demand for homes on this and other occasions. One of the reasons behind this demand is that they also play the favorite songs of the new generation along with the old evergreen songs and its tone and rhythm are so melodious that people are forced to dance and dance. It includes instruments such as shehnai, baja, horn and jhunjhuna.