Geographical Location
Kandhamal district lies between 19 ° 34′ North to 20° 54′ North Latitude and 83 ° 30′ East to 84 °48′ East Longitude. It has an average elevation of 300 to 1100 mtrs. The average rainfall is about 1597.1 mm.

Kandhamal is a district of Odisha, spread over an area of 8021 sq km. Phulbani is the headquarter of this district. Kandhamal is a land of scenic charm, beautiful water falls, natural springs and hill tracts. The principal inhabitants of this land are the Kandha tribes. Major languages spoken in this district are Odia and Kui (tribal language).

Place of Residence Sex Population Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes OBC/ General
Total Persons 648,201 109,506 336,809 201,886
Male 322,799 54,417 166,283 102,099
Female 325,402 55,089 170,526 99,787
Rural Persons 604,107 100,362 330,537 173,208
Male 299,929 49,843 163,089 86,997
Female 304,178 50,519 167,448 86,211
Urban Persons 44,094 9,144 6,272 28,673
Male 22,870 4,574 3,194 15,102
Female 21,224 4,570 3,078 13,576

How to reach there?

  • Road

    Kandhamal is connected to Sambalpur via Baudh (170 km), Bhubaneswar via Nayagarh (210 km), Berhampur (165 km) and Bolangir (170 km) by road. Bus transport is easily available from the cities mentioned above.

  • Rail

    The nearest railway station is Rairakhol, which is 99 km away from the district headquarter Phulbani.

  • Air

    The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar which is 211 km away from Phulbani. There is one air strip at Gudari (5 km from Phulbani) for landing of small planes and helicopters.

Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels available in Kandhamal for a good stay.

Fairs and Festivals
People of Kandhamal celebrate all festivals according to Odis Panjika like Mahashivratri, Kedu Jatra, Bali Jatra, Baruni Jatra, Durga Puja, Rath Yatra, Thakurani Jatra, Dola Jatra, Danda Jatra, and Lankapodi Jatra etc.

Places of Interest