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District Map of Koriya Surguja MADHYA PRADESH Bilaspur Korba
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Koriya or Korea District, an erstwhile princely state of British India was carved out from Surguja District on 25th May 1998.Covering an area of 5,978 sq. km in northeast Chhattisgarh and located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, Koriya District stretches between Latitude 23 deg. 02' 42" to 23 deg. 44' 46" North and longitude between 81 deg. 46' 42" To 82 deg. 33' 43" East.

The terrains of Koriya comprises of the Ganga basin and partly in the Mahanadi basin.It is drained by the Hasdeo, Tej, Gopad and Gobri rivers. Lush, pristine forests cover Koriya District. The abundant flora comprises of the Sal, Mahua, Tendu, Palas, Char, Bija, Harra, Bahera, Sisam, Kusum, Salya, Khair, Arun, Gamhar and Bamboo. The ambiance is very pleasant with torrential monsoon rains and moderate summer and winter.

Koriya District is bifurcated into 2 assembly constituencies, 4 tehsils, 5 blocks and 674 villages. The District Collector spearheads the District Collectorate administration while the Zila Panchyat is under the jurisdiction of the CEO, Zila Panchayat. The district is well connected by rail and road. The nearest railway junction is at Bilaspur while an airport is located 364 km away at the capital city of Rajpur. Koriya District abounds in its deposits of high-grade coal, limestone, fireclay and red oxide. Some of the major deposits are located at Chirimiri, Jhagrakhand, Curcha, Katkona, Pandavpar, Sonhat, Nagar, Amritdhara, Gutra, Kilhari, Pathargaon and Damuj-Labji.

The 2001 Census has recorded a population size of 1,18,828 with 946 females per 1000 males along with a commendable literacy rate of 63.1%. The the Kol, Gond, Bhuniyar (Pando) tribes dominate the Koriya populace. Besides immigrant tribes like the Cherva, Rajwars, Sahu, Ahir, Gwalas, Oraon and Jains, etc also reside in the district. The tribal people are friendly and hospitable. They lead colorful lives full of laughter and gaiety. Some of their traditional dance forms include the Suga, Karma and Saila. They are also very fond of hunting which is prohibited nowadays by stringent government legislative laws.

The economy is primarily agrarian. The tribals also depend upon forest products and handicrafts for their subsistence. Koriya District is well endowed with coal, limestone fireclay deposits. The coalmines at Chirimar, Baikunthpur and Jhagrakhand also contribute to the district's economy.

Koriya offers a plethora of places that tourists can visit. The panoramic rhapsodies the lush greenery and the gurgling waterfalls with their shimmering silhouettes at dusk are a real treat. Tourists often visit the cascading Amrit Dhara Waterfalls, Ramdaha Waterfalls, Gavar Ghat Waterfalls and the rippling Akuri Nala and picnic on the waterfront. Besides visiting the quintessential tribal villages and participating in their Ganga Dashera, Charta, Navakhai and Surhul festivals enlighten tourists on the diverse tribal legacy.

Education is a well-developed sector in Koriya. Equipped with abundant good government schools and colleges, the district imparts quality education focusing on the students overall all development. Some of the reputed academic institutes like the Central Schools, Vivekananda College and the Government College, Baikunthpur deserve mention.

Koriya District opens up a Pandora's box of heritage and natural splendor, which no elaborate descriptions, can elaborately expound.

Last Updated on : 29th March 2013