This important industrial township located on the banks of river Arpa is said to be named after a local fisher-women-Bilasa. Bilaspur district is well known for its natural beauty, high quality rice and Kosa (silk) industry. There are several places of interest in and around the town – Kanan Pendari (Wild Animal Preservation Home Park); Vivekanand Park; Shri Dindayal Upadhyay Smriti Forest (Vyapar Vihar); Sai Mangalam (Vyapara Vihar); Shri Ayappa Swami Mandir (Tifra); Kali Mandir (Tifa) and marimai mandir (Jhopadapara).
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Kendai Waterfall (132km)
The beautiful falls at Kendai village are formed by a hilly stream.
Korba, an important industrial town is located on the banks of river Hasdo. It is famous for the Korba Super Thermal Power Station, one of the most important power stations in the country and Bharat Aluminium company Limited (Balco).
Luthra Sharif (32km)
It is famous for the sacred shrine of Hazrat Baba Sayed Insan Ali.
This important archaeological site is famous for the temples of Pataleshwar Mahadev, Dewri and Dandeshwari, found here after excavations. The prehistoric idol of Lord Vishnu represented as Chaturbhuj (Four hands) is noteworthy. A museum here exhibits Vaishnavite, Shaivite and Jain Idols.
The old capital of Chhattisgarh was established by king Ratandve-I. it is also known as the ‘lake town’ of Chhattisgarh, as a number of beautiful lakes dot the lovely landscape. The main attractions are – Mahamaya mandir, Rampanchyat Temple (Ramtekri), Bees Dubaria Sati Mandir and Muse Khan’s Dargah.
Shivri Narayan (65km)
This important Hindu pilgrim lies site on the banks of river Mahanadi. According t legends, Shabri, local women offered bers to Lord Rama here. To ensure the sweetness, she tasted all the bers and then offered them to Lord Rama, who happily accepted the half-eaten bers and ate them. There are several temples at this holy site, the most important being, Narayan temple and Chandra-chudeswar temple. An annual fair is also held here on Magh Purnima (January – February).
It is famous for an ancient Shiva temple called as Lakmaneshwar and is also known as the “Kashi of Chhattisgarh”.