Tour to Chandrapur
Chandrapur Fort, ChandrapurBhadravati Jain Temple, ChandrapurBallalpur Fort, ChandrapurGhora Jhari Lake, ChandrapurMahakali Mandir, ChandrapurTadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, ChandrapurGanesh Temple, Chandrapur

Welcome to Chandrapur,

Chandrapur is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The district was formerly known as Chanda district. In 1964, it was renamed as Chandrapur. Wardha River flows near the city. It is famous for its superthermal power plant, one of the biggest in Asia, and its vast reserves of coal. Due to large number of coal mines present around the city, the city is also known as "City of Black Gold".

Tourism in Chandrapur district is a relaxing experience. There are many places located here where one can go in to soak in the atmosphere and to relax in the calm and beauty of the place. One of the most famous tourist attractions located in the district is the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The city of Chandrapur has ancient temples of the goddess Mahakali and of Anchaleshwar, a form of the god Shiva.

Famous Places in Chandrapur
Anandvan Ashram, Warora

Warora town has come into prominence due to location of the "Anandvan Ashram". Well known Social worker and Maharashtrabhushan Shri Baba Amte whose services and efforts for the rehabilitation and care of leprosy patients have earned him worldwide recognition. Foreign tourists in large numbers often visit Anandvan Ashram.

Ballalpur Fort

Situated in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, all the three forts (Ballalpur, Chandrapur and Manikgarh Forts) are of tribal origin.

Ballalpur, now known for its coal mines and paper mills, is 16kms south-eat of Chandrapur, the district headquarters, Ballalpur was the capital of the Good king Khandakya Ballalshah during 1437-62 AD.

The land fort that he built here on the eastern bank of the Wardha River is square in shape with walls and bastions. There are still two intact gates set at right angle to each other. There is also a small postern gate on the river side. The fort walls are still intact, but all the old buildings are in total ruins.

Bhadravati Jain Temple

This temple in the town is very popular with the Jain community. It has very beautiful sculptures. This temple is located as Bhadravati village, 32 kilometres from Chandrapur town on Central Railways. This temple is said to be extremely old, but the exact time of its construction is not known. There are several other idols in the temples, which were recovered in digging the earth.

Chandrapur Fort

Situated in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, all the three forts (Ballalpur, Chandrapur and Manikgarh Forts) are of tribal origin.

The credit for establishing Chandrapur also goes to Khandakya Ballalshah. When the capital was shifted from Ballalpur to Chandrapur, the Ballal kings built here an extensive land fort with high walls and bastions. The fort had at its four cardinal points four impressive gates.

The original buildings have vanished, but the gates and a portion of the wall still exists. Chandrapur was annexed by Raghuji Bhosale of Nagpur in the middle of the 18th century. Finally the fort was captured by the Britishers in 1818 AD. Now an industrial town, Chandrapur is also famous for it s old Mahakali temple.

Ganesh Temple

This is also an ancient temple of Lord Ganesha and is visited by a large number of devotees throughout the year. The temple architecture and sculptures are a major tourist attraction.

Ghora Jhari Lake

This lake is situated in Nagbhir tehsil. It is 6 kms away from the main Nagpur - Chandrapur highway, 106 kms from Chandrapur town and 97 kms from Nagpur. The capacity of the reservoir is 45 cusecs of water.

Junona Lake

This spot is 15 kms away from the town of Chandrapur. Here, there are well developed facilities for boating, and there are also restaurants and parks located here.

Mahakali Mandir

Mahakali Mandir in Chandrapur is an icon for Chandrapur. It is symbolic to Chandrapur City and it has prominent place in the heart of people of Chandrapur. Devotes visit Mahakali Mandir every day but Tuesdays are special days to visit Mahakali mandir. There is a small Ganesha temple and Hannuman temple inside the Mahakali Mandir premises.

There are two entrances for the temple. The rear entrance has Ganesh and Hanuman temple. Both the entrances have small shops for puja supplies like coconut, flowers and cloth. We get lot of other things for home d?cor and puja d?cor items all the time near the temple. There is also Shani temple next to the rear entrance.

There are two idols (murthys) in the Mahakali Mandir. One standing murthy is the main idol decorated with red, yellow and orange color cloths. The main idol also associated with Shiv Ling. The second murthy is reclining position. The second idol is actually below the ground level and to reach there, devotes need to walk in kind of a tunnel.

Manikgarh Fort

Situated in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, all the three forts (Ballalpur, Chandrapur and Manikgarh Forts) are of tribal origin.

Manikgarh, made famous by a newly established cement factory near by, is about 35kms south-west of Chandrapur. Built by tribal Naga kings in the 9th century, the Manigarh hill fort stands at the height of 507 metres above sea-level. It was strongly fortified with walls and bastions.

There were several tanks and buildings inside the fort. Today, the fort is in complete ruins and has become a sanctuary for wild animals. A pukka road through a dense forest leads very close to the gateway of the fort. Nearby is an old temple of Vishnu.

Rivers and Dams

The entire area of the district falls in the Godavari basin. The area is drained by major tributaries of the Godavari river. The major Tributaries are the Wardha, the Wainganga and the Penganga rivers. The Penganga, flowing along part of the Western boundary, meets the Wardha river near Ghugus to form the Wardha river. It further flows in NW-SE direction finally merging into the Wainganga river at the south eastern corner of the district.

After this confluence the river along with their sub tributaries rising in the uplands within the district drain whole area of the district. Rising in the uplands within the district drain whole area of the district. The Wainganga river which flows along the border of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli district is the main river of the district.

The Wardha is the only perennial river in the district having the longest river course as compared to the other two major rivers. The main tributaries of the Wardha river are the Erai rises in the northern part of Warora tahsil and flows along due south over a length of 80 km. till it meets the Wardha just south of Chandrapur at Wardha village. The Penganga flowing along western border takes east west course and then joins the wardha river at Ghugus.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India. It includes Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. Maharashtra's oldest National Park created in 1955, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. It is also one of India's 28 Project Tiger Reserve. The National Park is 623 km? in area, consisting of two forested rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari range.

The National park derives its name from local tribal god "Taru" whereas the Andhari river flowing through the forests gives the sanctuary its name. The forests mainly consists of teak and bamboo interspersed with grassy meadows while Tadoba is rugged hilly terrain. The area has a wide and rich range of flora and fauna. Teak and bamboo trees dominate southern deciduous forests. There is vast diversity in fauna and various types of species are found here.

The major attraction in this place is the presence of tigers. the large herds of Chital and the stately Samber are often seen in the forest. Other attractions include the elusive barking Deer, the fleet footed Chausinga. The majestic Gaur, the robust Nilgai, The shy Sloth Bear, the whistling wild dogs, the omnipresent wild Boar and stealthy Leopard etc. As the night falls the small Indian Civet The Palm Civet, the Rattle, The flying squirrel make their presence felt. In the backdrop of the famous Ram degi Temple, the nature is as its best at Tadoba.

Vijasan Hills

There are several temples here which are very attractive. The atmosphere here is very serene and calm and one can come here to soak in the religious significance of the place as well as to relax in the serenity of the environment.

Other Places
  • Religious Sites : Jogapur Maroti Temple and Shankar Deo Temple at Rajura, Shiv Mandir Minghri at Sidewahi, Dabha Kondya Maharaj Yatra at Gondpipri, Balaji Devasthan and Tukdoji Maharaj Gondoda at Chimur, Ramdegi Gondrani Temple at Warora etc.
  • Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station, Steel Plants and Ballarpur Paper Mill etc.