Koriya District
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Koriya District
Koriya district
Location of Koriya district in Chhattisgarh
Location of Koriya district in Chhattisgarh
HeadquartersBaikunthpur, Koriya
 o Vidhan Sabha constituencies3
 o Total6,604 km2 (2,550 sq mi)
 o Total658,917
 o Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
 o Literacy71.41
 o Sex ratio971
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Major highways1

Koriya district, also commonly spelled as Korea district, is a district in the north-western part of the Chhattisgarh state in Central India. The administrative headquarters of the district is Baikunthpur.


Little is known of the area before the 16th century. Koriya was a princely state of British Empire in India; the other princely state that lay within the Koriya district was Chang Bhakar. After Indian Independence in 1947, the rulers of Koriya and Chang Bhakar acceded to the Union of India on 1 January 1948 and both were made part of Surguja District of Madhya Pradesh state.

The district of Koriya came into existence on May 25, 1998, when it was carved out of Surguja district. After the formation of the new state of Chhattisgarh on November 1, 2000, Koriya District became part of the new state. It is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[1]


Koriya District lies between 22°56? and 23°48? North and 81°56? and 82°47? East. It is bounded on the north by Sidhi District of Madhya Pradesh, on the south by Korba District, on the east by Surajpur District, and on the west by Anuppur District of Madhya Pradesh. The area of the district is 5977 km², of which 59.9% is forest area. The district is a vast mass of hill ranges. The general height of the lower tableland is 550 m (1800 feet) above sea level. The Sonhat Plateau has a maximum elevation of 755 m (2477 feet). The highest peak in the district is Deogarh, which is 1027 m (3370 feet) high.

The climate is mild with a bountiful monsoon, a mild summer and a bearable winter.


Koriya District known for its educational capacity. Students from the nearby region come to Koriya district for higher education. New Life English School is highly reputed English school in Chhattisgarh-Madhya Pradesh region. New Life School is the first school in Central India to provide STEM & Robotics education at School level, It is located at the beautiful hill station called Janakpur.


Koriya District consists of five subdivisions of Baikunthpur, Bharatpur, Chirmiri, Manendragarh and Sonhat; five tehsils and five Blocks of Baikunthpur, Bharatpur, Khadgawan, Manendragarh and Sonhat and a Municipal corporation of Chirimiri . The district encompasses 653 villages, 5 Janpad Panchayats, 236 garam Panchayats, 2 Nagar Panchayats and 3 municipality.[2]


According to the 2011 census Koriya district has a population of 658,917,[3] roughly equal to the nation of Montenegro[4] or the US state of Vermont.[5] This gives it a ranking of 510th in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 100 inhabitants per square kilometre (260/sq mi) .[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 12.4%.[3] Koriya has a sex ratio of 971 females for every 1000 males,[3] and a literacy rate of 71.41%.[3]

According to the 2001 census, the total population of the district was 586,327 out of which 51.38% were male and 48.62% were female, 70.2% of this population was rural and 29.8% were urban, 8.2% belonged to the scheduled castes and 44.4% belonged to the scheduled tribes. Literacy rate was 63.1%, the male literacy rate being 75.7% and female literacy being 49.7%.

The original inhabitants of Korea district were the Kols, Gonds and Bhuinhars (Pando). All other communities in the district claim to have come from outside the district. Migration into Korea District was a continuous process. These migrants include the Cherva, Rajwars, Sahu, Ahir, Gwalas, Oraon, Gadaria (Gaderi), Koir, Bargah, Basods, Muslims, Kahars, Kunbi, Kewats, Guptas, Jaiswal, Schedule Caste, Agrawals, and Jains, and panika.


At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 94.29% of the population in the district spoke Hindi, 1.73% Kurukh, 1.41% Odia, 0.93% Bengali and 0.40% Urdu as their first language.[6]

Tongues spoken in Koriya include Bagheli, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi[7] (compared to 60% for German and English)[8] and is spoken by about 7,800,000 people in Bagelkhand.[7]


Three community dances, the Karma, Saila and Suga Dance are celebrated mainly in the district during different festivals. The main festivals of India such as Diwali, Dashehra and Holi are also celebrated in Korea District. Some other festivals are also special among the Korean communities, such as Ganga Dashera, Charta, Nuakhai and Surhul. http://korea.gov.in/culture.htm

Tourist places

Main tourist places in the district are as follows:

  • Guru Ghasidas National Park.[9][10] It is worth mentioning that after being persecuted in this region, the last known Indian cheetah was sighted in Korea District in 1951.[11]
  • Amritdhara Waterfall (Manendragarh)
  • Hasdeo River (Manendragarh)
  • Ramdaha Waterfall
  • Gaurghat Waterfall (Tarra, Sonhat)
  • Jagnnath Mandir (West Chirimiri)
  • Jogi Math (Kailashpur, Sonhat)
  • Gangi Rani (Ramgarh, Sonhat)
  • Rock Painting (Badra, Sonhat)
  • Rajmahal Korea (Baiknthpur,)
  • Jhumka Bandh (Baiknthpur)
  • Gej Bandh (Baiknthpur)
  • Aaruni Bandh (Sarbhoka)
  • hanuman mandir (sirouli)
  • shri karteskwar shiv mandir (kathoutiya)

See also

  • Dr. Sanjay Alung-Chhattisgarh ki Riyaste/Princely stastes aur Jamindariyaa (Vaibhav Prakashan, Raipur1, ISBN 81-89244-96-5)
  • Dr. Sanjay Alung-Chhattisgarh ki Janjaatiyaa/Tribes aur Jatiyaa/Castes (Mansi publication, Delhi6, ISBN 978-81-89559-32-8)
  • Surguja State


  1. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 2009-12-11. Retrieved .
  2. ^ http://korea.gov.in/
  3. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved .
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved . Montenegro 661,807 July 2011 est.
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved . Vermont 625,741
  6. ^ 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
  7. ^ a b M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bagheli: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved .
  8. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "English". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "No-tiger-in-Sanjay-Tiger-Reserve-also-says-official", NEWS-Environment-Flora-Fauna, Times of India, retrieved
  10. ^ "Chhattisgarh asked to propose tiger reserve status for Guru Ghasidas park". The Hindu. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Divyabhanusinh (1999). The End of a Trail: the Cheetah in India. Banyan Books, New Delhi.

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Coordinates: 23°15?N 82°33?E / 23.250°N 82.550°E / 23.250; 82.550

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