Jagdalpur, located at a distance of 157 kms from Kanker, was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bastar. It is located on NH 43, that connects Raipur in the north to Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarter of Bastar district and Bastar division. The dense forests and plantations surrounding the town keep it cool even in the summer months. Jagdalpur has two large lakes, Dalpat Sagar and Ganga Munda, the former popularly called Samudra or sea.