Kanker Tourism and Travel Guide
Kanker History: would make an interesting thing to study considering the fact that the place was not as popular as other towns and cities if India or Chhattisgarh for that matter. Kanker is located in the Bastar Region (towards the South) of the State of Chhattisgarh (which was previously a part of Madhya Pradesh). The place was identified as an independent district in the year 1999.
The History of Kanker can be traced back to the Stone Ages. The residents at that time in Kanker are identified as a barbaric group whose habits resembled those of animals. According to the legendary epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the region around Kanker was covered with dense vegetation that prevented accessibility. At a later stage, Kanker was inhabited by a number of saints and sages like Kank, Lomesh, Shringi, and Angira.
In the 6th century B.C. Kanker was influenced tremendously by Buddhism which has been revealed by evidences. In about 106 A.D., Kanker was an independent state belonging to the Satvahan Dynasty. Huien Tsang, the famous traveler from
China has incorporated many a reference of Kanker in his accounts. With the passage of time, Kanker was ruled by various dynasties such as the Nags, the Vakataks, the Mauryas, the Guptas and finally the Chalukyas who ruled the place till 788 A.D. Till the year 1100 A.D., Kanker was ruled by empires such as the Nals, and Kalchuris.
Such is the brief History of Kanker, India that would make your visit to the Tourist Attractions in Kanker even more meaningful. Coming out of Kanker’s History, today, the place is swept by the waters of the five rivers namely, River Doodh, River Mahanadi, River Hatkul, River Sindur, and River Turu.
How to Reach?
Kanker By Road: There are regular deluxe bus services form Raipur. Private cars are also available on hire.
Best Season to visit: This region has a pleasant climate form October to March. Most of its festival also fall in this period. The hills are verdant and abuzz with wild life. Most of the festivals also fall in this period: Kanker mandi (January), Narayanpur mandi (February-March), Baster Dussehra (October). The weekly haat (market) at Bahaigaon and Narayanpur are held on Sundays and Thursdays.
By Air: Regular flights by Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Deccan and kingfisher connect Raipur to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar and Indore.
By Rail: Raipur is the nearest railhead. Daily overnight trains connect it to Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, and Bhopal.