Kanker is a district that is located on National Highway NH-43 in Chhattisgarh. It is 140 km away from Raipur and 160 km away from Jagdalpur, both being developing cities in Chhattisgarh. Tribal population forms around 50% of the Kanker district. Sal, teak, and mixed forests are found in majority in Kanker. Agriculture is the mainstay of people in Kanker with rice, wheat, sugarcane, pulses, and maize serving as some of the important crops. Two well-known colleges are situated in Kanker besides few schools.
Places to Stay
Budget hotels can be found in the Kanker district such as Hotel Agrawal Inn (Tariff – Rs. 800), Simran Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), and Kanishka Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900).
The official language of Kanker is Chhattisgarhi. The alternative languages spoken are Hindi, Gondi, and Halbi.
Some of the major local festivals of Kanker include Kanker Mandi and Madai Festival in January, Narayanpur Mandi in February-March, Holi in March, Ramnavmi in October, Bastar Dussehra in October, and Deepavali in November. Other important local festivals celebrated in Kanker are Navakhani, Mati-tihar, and Gobar-boharani.
Places of Interest
Malanjhkudum Waterfalls (15 km), Charre-Marre Waterfall (17 km), Kanker Palace, Gadiya Mountain, Shivani Temple, Kila Dongri, and Maa Sinhvasini Temple are famous tourist spots situated near Kanker.
How to Get There
Raipur Airport (140 km) is the nearest airport to Kanker.
Kanker has no railway station. Raipur is the nearest station to reach Kanker.
There are private run buses that ply from Kanker to cities and towns such as Bastar, Bhilai, Dantewada, Chindwada, Bhilai, and Nagpur. Mahendra Travels (Pune), Kankekar Travels, and Dolphin Travels are few good bus operators connecting to Kanker at affordable bus tariffs. Utilising the bus ticket coupon while booking your tickets can save you a lot of money.