Kunkuri is a small village town situated in the Jashpur District of Chhatisgarh. It lies at an elevation of 468 m above sea level and is one of the high-altitude towns in the region. The town of Kunkuri provides a gateway from Chattisgarh for travelling to Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. The population of this town is comprised of a mixture of tribals, Hindus, Christians and Muslims.
The most popular feature of this town is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, a Catholic church. This church is situated in the Roman Catholic Diocese (district or equivalent under the supervision of a bishop) of Jashpur and is said to be the second largest Catholic church in Asia.
This cathedral was excavated in 1962, during the period of Reverend Bishop Stanislas Tigga, from a site situated 40 km from Jashpur Nagar. The church has an idol of Mother Mary present at its entrance and a seating capacity of over 5000 people. Due to the presence of this cathedral, Kunkuri is also renowned as a religious site.
The town is also famous for its other tourist attraction, the Hanuman Tekdi. Its upper and lower ghats also form a crucial part of the scenic tourist spots of Kunkuri. The surroundings of these ghats include hills, forests and waterfalls. Nearby towns such as Jashpur, Simdega, Gumla and Ambikapur are also popular tourist destinations.
The nearest railway station to kunkuri is the Raigad Railway Station, situated 13.8 km away.
The region experiences a mostly tropical climate; and except during winter, remains warm and humid for most of the year. The best time to visit the place is between the months of October and March.
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