Most of the rains on which the state’s farmers depend fall in July, August and September, monsoon season, and this is naturally when Chhattisgarh’s many waterfalls are at full strength. Chitrakote, ‘the Niagara of India’ and the widest waterfall in the country, is a magnificent sight in monsoon season but you’ll also find plenty of hidden, beautiful falls while trekking around Chhattisgarh.
The post-monsoon period, from October through to December, is wondrously green, and there’s something beguiling about the damp, earth smell of the state’s forests in these months. October also sees the Bastar Dussehra festival, the most important religious event of the region, which lasts for 10 days, and each tribe celebrates in its own way.
After the rains, from November onwards, the famous Kailash and Kutumsar limestone caves in Kanger Valley National Park reopen for visitors wanting to explore their forests of stalactites and stalagmites.
With winter come tribal festivals and celebrations that guides can often arrange for you to attend if your trip coincides with them. The popular Gond festival of Madai for instance begins in December or January, while in March the Bhagoria Haat festival marks the end of harvest, and sees many young men and women married off.
February is the coolest month of the year in Chhattisgarh, falling to 10°C so you will want something warm to wear in the early mornings and evenings, but temperatures begin to pull up in March.
Summer begins in April, and through May and June it can be swelteringly hot and humid, sometimes topping 45°C, so not a good time to travel in Chhattisgarh.