Chhota Udaipur district

Chhota Udaipur district (also Chhota Udepur district) is a district in the state of Gujarat in India. It was carved out of the Vadodara district on 26 January 2013 with its headquarters at Chhota Udaipur town and is the 28th district of Gujarat.[1]

Chhota Udaipur district
Location in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat
Country India
 • Total3,087 km2 (1,192 sq mi)
 • Total961,190
 • OfficialGujarati, Marathi,Hindi,English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-GJ
Vehicle registrationGJ 34
ClimateSemi-Arid (BSh) (Köppen)
Avg. annual temperature12-43 °C
Avg. summer temperature26-43 °C
Avg. winter temperature12-33 °C


The district consists of the six talukas of Chhota Udepur, Pavi Jetpur, Kawant, Naswadi, Sankheda and the newly created Bodeli taluka.[2] The district headquarters is located at Chhota Udepur.[3]

The district was created to facilitate decentralisation and ease of access to government services.[4][5] Its creation, announced in the run up to the Assembly elections in Gujarat in 2012, was also seen by the media and political analysts as a government strategy to attract tribal votes.[6]


Chhota Udaipur is a tribal dominated district and the district headquarters is located 110 km away from Vadodara. It shares its borders with the state of Madhya Pradesh. Chhota Udepur is the third tribal dominated district in eastern Gujarat after the Narmada and Tapi districts.[7][8]

Chhota Udepur district has a forest area of 75,704 hectares and has deposits of dolomite, fluorite, granite and sand all of which are mined. The district is also home to a large dairy industry. The Rathwa tribals who live here produce the Pithora mural paintings by mixing colours with liquour and milk and then using it to depict intricate motifs and scenes on the walls of their village dwellings.[9]

Chhota Udepur, once a princely state of Gujarat lies in the heart of a tribal area with rich indigenous history and culture which is more representative of the region than palaces. The town is a good base from which to explore the surrounding tribal villages, particularly in the Rathwa communities. The Tribal Museum here displays a nice collection of people and culture of this place. Every Saturday there is a tribal market which is a hub for local artisans making pithoda paintings and terracotta horses.[10]

Chhota Udepur sits on the edge of a big lake, with a series of temples along the skyline. Structures from the 1920s such as the Kusum Vilas Palace (now a heritage hotel) and Prem Bhavan are also worth visiting, though they need permission from the local royal family. The Kali Niketan (Nahar Mahal) palace, built as the summer residence of the erstwhile royal family is a notable monument in Chhota Udaipur.[11] The Jain temple is an interesting example of the influence of Victorian art on local building styles, which is otherwise rare display in traditional Jain buildings elsewhere.

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Coordinates: 22°19′12″N 74°0′36″E / 22.32000°N 74.01000°E


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  3. ^ "Bandh to protest Chhota Udepur as headquarters peaceful". The Indian Express. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Narendra Modi announces new tribal district to clear his 'debt'". The Indian Express. September 11, 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Chhota Udepur is Gujarat's 28th dist". DNA. September 11, 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
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Bodeli is a town and a taluka in Chhota Udaipur district in the eastern part of the state of Gujarat, India.

Chhota Udaipur

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Chhota Udaipur (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Chhota Udaipur assembly constituency (છોટા ઉદયપુર વિધાનસભા બેઠક) is one of the 182 assembly constituencies of Gujarat. It is located in Chhota Udaipur district. This seat is reserved for a member of Scheduled Tribes. It is the capital of Chhota Udepur district.

Chhota Udaipur State

The Chhota Udaipur State or 'Princely State of Chhota Udaipur', (Gujarati: છોટાઉદેપુર; Hindi: छोटा उदैपुर) was a princely state with its capital in Chhota Udaipur during the era of British India. The last ruler of Chhota Udaipur State signed the accession to join the Indian Union in 1948. Chhota Udepur shares a history with Devgadh Baria and Rajpipla as one of the three princely states of eastern Gujarat.

Chhota Udaipur railway station

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Naranbhai Rathwa

Naranbhai J. Rathwa (born 1 June 1953) was a member of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Chhota Udaipur constituency of Gujarat and is a member of the Indian National Congress.

He was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways. He lost to Ramsinh Rathwa in 2009 Lok Sabha Elections


Nasvadi is name of a town, a village as well as a Taluka in Chhota Udaipur district of Gujarat, India.

Panchmahal district

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The district is located on eastern end of the state. It is bordered by Dahod District to the north-east & east, Vadodara District to the southwest and Chhota Udaipur District to southeast, Kheda District to the west and Mahi Sagar District to the north.

Pithora (painting)

Pithora is a highly ritualistic painting done on the walls by several tribes such as the Rathwas and Bhilalas who live in the central Gujarat, , in a village called Tejgadh. In several other villages around Tejgadh (even in Madhya Pradesh) and Chhota Udaipur district , lives a large population of these tribes where we find Pithora paintings on three inner walls of the house. These paintings have significance in their lives and executing the Pithora paintings in their homes brings peace, prosperity and happiness. What is even more interesting is that there is never an attempt to imitate nature. A horse or a bull, which might be a vision of a God, impresses him with only one central quality. This central quality is worked upon and given a form. It might be crude but it is this crudity that adds to the beauty of this painting.

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The town of Sankheda in Chhota Udaipur district is known for its lacquer work. The work is done on country wood which, being brown, gives darker shades.

It is known for its handcrafted furniture, which is made from teak wood. This furniture is exported to countries all over the world.

Sankheda is located on the banks of the Orsang River. It is located 55 km away from Vadodara. The neighboring towns are Dabhoi (21 km), Bodeli (21 km), and Waghodia (27 km).

Development of this town comes from a huge contribution made by Dr. Jethalal K. Parikh, who worked really hard to provide good education and employment to the local community. There are schools and hospitals named after his wife. The local community appreciates his efforts to develop the town. A road was named after him, and there is a statue of him at the entrance to the town.

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