The word 'kathgodam' literally means a timber depot. Perched at an elevation of 554 metres, Kathgodam was a small village in 1901. Situated on the banks of River Gaula in the Bhabhar region, Kathgodam is now the second largest municipal corporation of Uttarakhand. Also known as the twin town of Haldwani, it now serves as an entry point to many tourist destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. Due to the fact that Kathgodam is on the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas, it is also one of the last rail heads connecting to the Himalayan Mountains.
Places to Stay
There are good hotels in Kathgodam. Some of them are Fiesta (Tariff – Rs. 1500), Satyartha (Tariff – Rs. 2000) and Relax Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1200).
The official language in the region is Hindi. The use of English is limited. Various local dialects are also spoken in Kathgodam.
Holi (in March) and Diwali (in November) are celebrated with tremendous fervour in this region.
Places of Interest
Nainital (34 km from Kathgodam), Gaula Barrage (in Kathgodam), Sheetla Devi Temple (in Kathgodam), Kalichaud Temple (in Kathgodam) and Harikhan Ashram (in Kathgodam) are must visits.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Kathgodam is at Pantnagar, which is situated at a distance of 71 km.
Kathgodam has a railway station connecting to major cities such as Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah.
Kathgodam has a bus stand from where both state run buses and private services operate. Kalpana Travels and King’s Holidays Tours are some of the private operators. The buses from Kathgodam connect to nearby towns such as Haldwani, Haridwar, Ranikhet and Pantnagar. You can now get bus tickets from several bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com.