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Koraput district

Balangir District at a glance :
Latitude 17o 40' - 20o 7' North
Longitude 81o 24' - 84o 2' East
Altitude of Dist Hq. 2900 ft from the sea level
Geographical Area 8379 Sq. Kms.
Formation of District 1st.April, 1936.
Bounded by
East Rayagada and Srikaklam(A.P) District.
West Bastar District (M.P.)
North Nowarangpur District
South Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam District (A.P.)
Administrative Set-up
Sub-Divisions 2
Tehsils 7
C.D.Blocks 14
Towns 5
Municipalities 1
N.A.Cs 3
Police Stations 20
Grama Panchayats 197
Villages 1997
Inhabited 1915
Uninhabited 82
Fire Stations 2
Assembly Constituencies 4
Total Population 11,77,954
Total Male Population 589,438
Total Female Population 588,516
Percentage of Literacy 36.20%
Percentage of Male Literacy 47.58%
Percentage of female Literacy 24.81%
Literates (Male) 234,292
Literates (Female) 122,129
Total Literates 356,421
ST Populations (percentage) 50.66%
SC Population (Percentage) 13.41%
Total Cultivable land 3,01,000 Ha.
Irrigated Area (Kharif) 78,000 Ha.
Irrigated Area (Rabi) 46,000 Ha.
Area under Paddy 1,13,000 Ha.
Area under Pulses 25,630 Ha.
Area under Oil Seeds 12,610 Ha.
Area under Minor millets /
Coarse cereals
1,05,000 Ha.
Rainfall Data (Dist. Average)
Year Rain fall in MMs
2001 1700.0
2002 1023.9
2003 1367.7
2004 1414.5
2005 1419.0
Road Network
National Highways 157.00
State Highways 195.00
R & B 430.00
R. W. D. 1023.80
P.S.Road 860.00
G.P.Road 4973.00
Forest Road 210.00
Type of School No. of Schools
Primary 1911
Upper Primary 230
UGME 236
High School 109
Colleges 18
C.T.School 1
Technical School 1
B.Ed.College 1
Central School 1
Blind School 2
Deaf & Dumb school 1
Total No. of villages 1997
Electrified village 1102
Non-electrified village 895
% of Electrification 55.18%

How to reach

By Air

Nearest air port is at Visakhapatnam

By Train

Well connected from Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata

By Road

Convenient road transport facilities available NH43 passes through the District.

Distance From Koraput To:
Bhubaneswar 499 Km.
Raipur 400 Km.
Visakhapatnam 202 Km.
Sunabeda 18 Km.
Jeypore 22 Km.
Gupteswar 80 Km.
Subai 34 Km.
Nandapur 44 Km.
Duduma 88 Km.
Jolaput 77 Km.
Maliguda 50 Km.
Nilabadi 102 Km.
Malkangiri 127 Km.
Rayagada 109 Km.
Hatipahar 112 Km.
Nabarangapur 66 Km.
Mudulipada (Bondaghat) 98 Km.
Ankadelli 91 Km.
Berhampur 320 Km.
Sambalpur 429 Km.
Titilagarh 355 Km.

Places of Interest

Savara Shrikhetra, Koraput

The District headquarters situated 2,900 ft. above sea level. Also known as "Sabar Shrikshetra", the modern Jagannath Temple has come up on a hilltop. The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters to and educates the tourists about the culture and heritage of the tribals.

Duduma Waterfall, Machkund

The majestic waterfall, also known as "Matsya Tirtha" falls from a height of 175 meters. A hydro - electric project with its winch developed amidst deep greenery is a place for pleasure. Three KMs away from Duduma waterfall, a small village of Ankadeli draws the attention of foreign tourists to its weekly markets on Thursdays where the most primitive tribe "the Bondas", come from the remote, inaccessible dense forest. Jolaput is known for its newly constructed dam reservoir. The lake formed by the dam is 68.2 Sq. Kms. It's a picnic spot, 77 Kms from Koraput.

Gupteswar Temple
Important cave shrine of Lord Shiva situated on a lime stone hill on the bank of river Kolab, surrounded by natural Scenery. The sacred "Lingam" called Gupteswar, literally meaning, "Hidden God", is also popularly known as "Gupta Kedar" in Chattisgarh. Shivaratri is the major festival which attracts a large umber of visitors.


A village stands between Koraput and Sunabeda by the side of NH 43. The famous Sri Ram Temple situated in the locality is widely known for the highest kneeling Hanuman Statue in Orissa. Shree Ram Navami festival is popularly celebrated every year which attracts a large number of devotees.


The ancient capital of Jeypore estate, attracts a number of visitors to witness the Batrisa Sinhasan, an object of interest. The 1.8 meters image of Ganapati speaks of ancient heritage of the place. The shrines of Sarbeswar and its inscriptions point to the antiquities of the place.

Jain Statue

A roadside village between Semiliguda and Nandapur with remains of an old Jain monastery. The place invites the attention of the antiquarian for exploration.

Govt. Museum

A Govt. Museum with antiquities and craft works, mostly famous for Jain iconography. It is located in the town hall complex, close to the Govt. bus stand. Jain imaged are found at several places of the district.


Kolab-At an altitude of about 3000 ft. above sea level on river Kolab, stands the majestic Kolab Reservoir generating Hydro Electric Power. The place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting people for weekend picnic and boating.


The town came to limelight with the coming up of NALCO, Asia's biggest Alumina Complex Nearby stands the highest peak of Orissa, Damanjodi an ideal place for trekking.


35 Kms eastwards of Jeypore, is a small village where on a hill top stands India's highest broad gauge Railway tunnel. The place is ideal for weekend picnic.


The city of victory and the palace of erstwhile Jeypore estate. The old fort is incircled by high masonary wall with an imposing gateway. A mile and a half wide great water tank, west of the town, known as Jagannath Sagar, is ideal for water sports. Jeypore, enveloped as the center of trade in Koraput district, is also famous for paper mask crafts. Tribal Museum:The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters to and educates the tourists about the culture and heritage of the tribals.