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Kathgodam, an important center of trade, is the last rail stoppage en route Nainital.


Location: In Nainital district of Uttarakhand
Altitude: 554 meters ASL
Attractions: Temples of Sheetla Devi and Kalichaud; Hedakhan Ashram
What To Do: Pilgrimage; Site seeing
Best Time To Visit: All round the year

Kathgodam, NainitalKathgodam is an important town of Nainital district within the hill state of Uttarakhand. It serves as the nearest railhead to hill station of Nainital and is an important center for trade and commerce in itself.

Kathgodam, being situated adjacent to Haldwani, is considered as its twin town. Administratively, Kathgodam forms a part of Haldwani - Kathgodam Municipal council established in 1942. Today, this council is the second largest in the state, after Haridwar.

Kathgodam literally means timber depot. Till 1901, it was a small village with a population of 375. However, the importance of this place grew rapidly after it was brought on the Railway map of British India in 1909.

Geographically, Kathgodam is situated in the Bhabhar region, on the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas. It is the last railhead en route picturesque Kumaon Himalayas.

Every year, Kathgodam witnesses tourists in large numbers, most of who are usually headed to hill stations like Nainital and beyond. However, there are a quite a few interesting places in and around Kathgodam that are worth visiting.

Interesting Places To See In And Around Kathgodam
  • Sheetla Devi Temple
  • Kalichaud Temple
  • Hedakhan Ashram
  • Chhoti Haldwani
  • Corbett Falls
  • Corbett Canal
How To Reach
By road, Kathgodam is well connected with major destinations of the region through NH 87. From Delhi, Kathgodam is about 275 Km drive. Kathgodam has its own railway station with regular train services linking it with cities of the country. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar.