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Kathgodam Railway Station
Kathgodam Railway Station
Kathgodam is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 29°16′N 79°32′E / 29.27°N 79.53°E / 29.27; 79.53Coordinates: 29°16′N 79°32′E / 29.27°N 79.53°E / 29.27; 79.53
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Nainital
Elevation 554 m (1,818 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 129,140
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kathgodam is a town in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is part of the twin township of Haldwani-Kathgodam, and is immediately north of Haldwani.


Literally meaning timber depot, Kathgodam was a small village in 1901 with a population of 375,[1] though its importance grew rapidly after the railway line was extended here in late 19th century, after it reached Haldwani in 1884.

Kathgodam in the Railway map of British India, 1909.

Today, it is the last station on its Indian Railways line; from this point, one must travel by automobile to the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Mountains. From Kathgodam, mountain roads lead to tourist destinations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Naukuchiyatal and Almora.


Kathgodam is located at 29°16′N 79°32′E / 29.27°N 79.53°E / 29.27; 79.53.[2] It has an average elevation of 554 metres (1,483 feet). It is situated on the banks of the Gaula river.

Kathgodam is one of the most picturesque locations situated in the Bhabhar region, the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas.

Local Attractions[edit]

Situated close to Kathgodam are beautiful temples called 'Sheetla devi' and 'Kalichaud' which attract large numbers of devotees from the surrounding region during festivals. Kathgodam also leads a way to one of the beautiful ashram called as Hairakhan.

There is a beautiful dam which is built on the Gola River.

Schools include the Maharishi school, Nirmala Convent High School,St. Theresa School, St. Paul's Senior Secondary School, Naini Valley School and Inspiration School (these arranged in the manner from katghodam to haldwani).

College include Kumaun Institute of Information Technology[KIIT] is located at Nainital road, Kathgodam: Pahal Institution for capasity building also running close to railway stattion, Kathgodam a convenient and prominent area of Kumaun hills on National Highway - 84, 1/2 km from Kathgodam railway station & 4 km from Haldwani


As per provisional data of 2011 census Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam urban agglomeration had a population of 252,060, out of which males were 121,363 and females were 110,697. The literacy rate was 85.17 per cent.[3]

Religions in kathgodam
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).


  1. ^ Kathgodam The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1909, v. 15, p. 164.
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kathgodam
  3. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above". Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

Best School-Nirmala Convent Sr. Sec. School Kathgodam website - www.nirmalaconventkgm.com