Koilighugar waterfalls is a small but lovely three tiered falls lies near the village of govindpur in the Jharsuguda district.The villages in these pars of India are very beautiful with small ponds everywhere.
The kolilighugar falls,well, fall in steps.There is a pathway made along the small stream on which the falls are located on the upstream side.One can walk over it to cross over to the other side.There is an ashram just at the start of the walls and there is a small souvenir shop as well.This was unexpected.The stream upstream of the falls along with the forest surrounding it makes for some beautiful scenery.There were even some beautiful ducks peacefully swimming in it.
We gingerly descended onto the second tier of the falls and slowly entered the gushing water.It was very chilly and fast.Slowly we got accustomed to the cool water.We spent an hour splashing around in the water and then emerged out only when we were content.The area where the water falls is deep and is excellent for people who know swimming and diving.
From Gobindpur Chowk in National Highway 200, which is between Jharsuguda and Raigarh, take a right turn. A 6 km (3.7 mi) drive from there through thick śāl and mahua forests will take one to Koilighugar Waterfall. Gobindpur is 20 km (12 mi) from Belpahar.
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The Koilighugar Waterfall, around 200 ft (61 m) in height, is in the Lakhanpur, near the village Kushmelbahal. The waterfall is in a rivulet named Ahiraj which originates from the ‘Chhuikhanch’ forest. After the waterfall, the rivulet flows westwards to merge into the Mahanadi river. It is a picturesque beauty spot with its sylvan backdrop.
Inside the fall there is a Shivalingam known as Maheswarnath. The lingam is submerged in water and is not ordinarily visible. For the benefit of the pilgrims, another Shivalingam has been created outside the waterfall.
Koilighugar has an annual fair on the occasion of Sivaratri.