Kailali District

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Kailali District

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Map of Kailali District , Ghodaghodi lake , Karnali Bridge
Coordinates: 28°41′N 80°52′E / 28.683°N 80.867°E / 28.683; 80.867Coordinates: 28°41′N 80°52′E / 28.683°N 80.867°E / 28.683; 80.867
Country   Nepal
ProvinceSudurpashchim Pradesh
Admin HQ.Dhangadhi
 • TypeCoordination committee
 • BodyDCC, Kailali
 • Total3,235 km2 (1,249 sq mi)
 • Total775,709
 • Density240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:45 (NPT)
Main Language(s)Tharu, Nepali language, Doteli

Kailali District (Nepali: कैलाली जिल्लाAbout this soundListen ), a part of Sudurpashchim Pradesh in Terai plain, is one of the 77 districts of Nepal. The district, with Dhangadhi as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,235 square kilometres (1,249 sq mi) and has a population (2011 census) of 775,709 (616,697 in 2001 census).

Dhangadhi, a sub-metro city, is a center of attraction of not only Kailali district but of the whole Seti zone. The district also contains Tikapur Park, one of the biggest parks in Nepal, and Godha-Ghodi Tal (lake) located at Sukhad Kailali. An aircraft museum was established in Dhangadhi by Pilot Bed Upreti in 2014, which is the only museum of its kind in the country.[citation needed]

Geography and climate[edit]

Climate zone[1] Elevation range % of area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft) 59.3%
Upper Tropical 300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
Subtropical 1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Kailali District had a population of 775,709. Of these, 41.1% spoke Tharu, 27.8% Nepali, 18.7% Doteli, 6.2% Achhami, 1.4% Magar, 0.9% Maithili, 0.8% Hindi and 0.5% Bajureli as their first language.[2]


The district consists of 13 Local Levels, of which one is a sub-metropolitan city, six are urban municipalities and six are rural municipalities. These are as follows:[3]

Former village development committees[edit]

Map of the VDCs in Kailali District

Prior to the restructuring of the district, Kailali District consisted of the following village development committees:

Major Tourist Attractions[edit]

  • Prakasheshowr Mahadev Temple:

Prakasheshwar Mahadev Temple[4][circular reference] Temple is located at Kailali district's Narayanpur Sati Ward-8. Since the face of the Shiva lingam faces east, it is belived that the temple as built during the time of Lord Parshuram[5][circular reference]. The lingam of this temple is considered Nepal's largest. It is also the rarest of its kind of the world. In the year 1967 BS, Narendra Shah's younger queen Padma Kumari Shah helped renovate the temple to its present-day state. The temple is packed with devotees during Shivaratri, Krishna Janmaastami and during the month of Shrawan by the Nepali calender.

  • Ghodahodhodi Lake:

Ghodaghodi Tal[6][circular reference] is a Ramsar site in western Nepal. Established in August 2003 it covers an area of 2,563 ha (6,330 acres) in Kailali District at an altitude of 205 m (673 ft) on the lower slopes of the Siwalik Hills. This Ramsar site consists of a system of around 13 large and shallow oxbow lakes and ponds with associated marshes and meadows. It is surrounded by tropical deciduous forest and some streams along the periphery, which are separated by hillocks.

  • Karnali Bridge:

Karnali Bridge[7][circular reference], the asymmetric, single-tower, cable-stayed bridge is the longest of its type in Nepal and was built by international collaboration. The bridge spans the Karnali River between the Kailali District and Bardiya District of western Nepal. The bridge was constructed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan and inaugurated after six years of its construction date by the late Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), . Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013
  2. ^ 2011 Nepal Census, Social Characteristics Tables
  3. ^ "स्थानिय तह" (in Nepali). Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ Prakasheshowar Mahadev
  5. ^ Parashurama
  6. ^ Ghodaghodi Ta
  7. ^ Karnali Bridge

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