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Kathgodam is a town that is present in the Nainital district in the state of Uttarakhand. The town serves as the entry point to many of the tourist destinations in the state. There are many places of interest that can be seen in the town and it is famous for its numerous beautiful temples. The temples dedicated to Sheetla Devi and Kalichaud attract many pilgrims and devotees from many of the nearby regions, and this is especially true during the festival season.

There is an ashram called the Harikhan that is located nearby and this is also worth a visit while travelling to the town of Kathgodam. One can also visit the dam that has been built over the River Gola. This is a popular picnic spot in the region.

As the place is located on the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, one can witness many pristine views from the town. From Kathgodam one can visit the hill station of Nainital and this is a popular summer retreat for many tourists.

The main attraction of the place is its scenic beauty and the pristine hills that are located nearby. This is a place many travelers use to get away from hustle and bustle of modern life.

City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Nainital
Famous for/as: Scenic
Languages: Kumauni, Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Throughout the year
Weather: Summer 15 to 30°C
Winter 0 to 24°C
Altitude: 554 m
Pincode: 263126
STD code: 05942


  • Delhi to Kathgodam 279 km
  • Kanpur to Kathgodam 459 km
  • Indore to Kathgodam 957 km
  • Nagpur to Kathgodam 1106 km
  • Pune to Kathgodam 1585 km

Best Season / Best time to visit

The town of Kathgodam experiences a mild and temperate climate for most months of the year. The conditions are cool and a cool breeze can be experienced from the surrounding mountains. The summers here are never extreme, even during the peak summer months. The winters can be extreme with temperatures approaching the freezing point frequently.

The summer season is from April to June. The conditions are cool for the most part as the temperatures rarely rise beyond the 30°C mark during the summer season. The lowest temperatures that you can expect during the summer months are around 15°C.

The place does not receive significant amount of rainfall and the entire region is generally considered to be dry during the monsoon season. The limited rainfall that can be seen in the region is predominantly during the months from July to September. Temperatures are cool and this is a good time to visit the place. The months of October and November are also pleasant.

The winter season is from December to February. The temperatures range from a minimum of 0v and can be expected to climb to around 24°C during the winter months. The coldest month is usually January.

Gaula River

Arising from the Sattal Lake flows beautifully through the entire town. It has the popular Gaula Barrage which is considered as an ultimate picnic spot.

Kalichaud Temple

is a well-known religious centre of Kathgodam. A large number of devotees visit this temple round the year

Nainital Zoo

is a beautiful destination for tourists and is located in the hills named as Sher ka Danda and is just 24 Kms from Kathgodam. The zoo is known as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo and lies at an elevation of 2000 m. Animals like Hill Fox, Ghoral, Siberian Tiger, Sambhar Deer, Snow Leopard, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Parakeet, Barking Deer and Himalayan Black Bear etc. can be seen in this zoo.


By Flight

The nearest International Airport from Kathgodam is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, roughly five hour drive from Kathgodam city. Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.

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By Train

Kathgodam is 7 Kms from Haldwani, 24 Kms from Nainital, 37 Kms from Rudrapur City, 110 Kms from Moradabad, 150 Kms from Chandausi, 227 Kms from Haridwar, 243 Kms from Rishikesh, 273 Kms from Delhi and is connected through Uttarakhand State Road Transport Corporation (USRTC) and some private travel services.

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By Road

Kathgodam has its own Railway Station named as Kathgodam Railway Station and is well connected to the major cities of the state. It is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kanpur, Indore and Kolkata through Anvt Kgm Sht, Bagh Express, Utr Samprk K Express and Kgm Garib Rath.

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Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is the highest body to advise Government on all matters relating to tourism in the State. The statutory board is chaired by the Tourism Minister Govt. of Uttarakhand and Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand is it's vice chairman. The Principal Secretary/ Secretary tourism acts as Chief Executive Officer. It also have five non- official members from the private sector and experts in tourism related matters. Learn more

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