Kannauj district
Annapurna Temple, Tirwa
Annapurna Temple, Tirwa
Location of Kannauj district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Kannauj district in Uttar Pradesh
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesKannauj (Lok Sabha constituency)
 • Vidhan Sabha constituencies1. Chhibramau
2. Tirwa
3. Kannauj Member of parliament Subrat Pathak (BJP)
 • Total1,993 km2 (770 sq mi)
 • Total1,656,616[1]
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)

Kannauj district is an administrative district of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, along the river Ganges. The historic town of Kannauj, northwest of Kanpur, is the administrative center. The district was carved out of Farrukhabad district on 18 September 1997. The native dialect of this district is Kannauji.


Kannauj is located at 27°04′N 79°55′E / 27.07°N 79.92°E / 27.07; 79.92. It has an average elevation of 139 metres (456 feet).

The Ganges is the main river of the district at the North East border of the district. Kali river is at the northern border of the district while the Ishan river flows through the District.

The climate of the district is characterized by a hot dry summer and a pleasant cold season. The average rainfall of the District is approximately 80 cm.

The district is bounded by the districts of Farrukhabad to the north, Hardoi to the northeast, Kanpur Nagar to the east, Kanpur Dehat to the southeast, Auraiya to the south, Etawah to the southwest, and Mainpuri to the west. The district is divided into three tehsils and eight development blocks. The district was split from Farrukhabad on 18 September 1997, and is part of Kanpur Division.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Kannauj district (2011)[3]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Distribution of religions

According to the 2011 census Kannauj district has a population of 1,656,616,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Guinea-Bissau[4] or the US state of Idaho.[5] This gives it a ranking of 299th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 792 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,050/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 19.37%.[1] Kannauj has a sex ratio of 879 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 74.01%. 16.95% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes make up 18.71% of the population.[1]

Hindus are the majority population. Muslims form a significant minority in urban areas, and the towns Samdhan and Talgram are Muslim-majority.[3]

Languages of Kannauj district (2011)[6]

  Hindi (96.62%)
  Urdu (2.89%)
  Others (0.49%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 96.62% of the population in the district spoke Hindi (or a related language) and 2.89% Urdu as their first language.[6]

The District's population was 1,388,923 in 2001. Of these, 1,156,951 (or 83.3%) lived in rural areas, while 231,972 (or 16.7%) lived in urban areas.[7]

Historical and Spiritual importance

There are many temples in Kannauj which are very important by both Historical as well as spiritual purposes. In the time of King Harsha it was the kingdom of India.

It is very much famous for Kannauj Perfume also. That is the reason why it is mentioned as the city of perfumes.


Medical College

Government Medical College, Kannauj is a government medical college located in Tirwa of Kannauj. It is affiliated to King George's Medical University, Lucknow. In 2012, the institute become recognized for 100 M.B.B.S. seats by Medical Council of India (MCI).[citation needed]

Engineering College

Government Engineering College, Kannauj is a government engineering college in Kannauj. It is a constituent college of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (formerly Uttar Pradesh Technical University) in Lucknow, and has its temporary campus at Harcourt Butler Technical University in Kanpur.

Nearby cities


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census Handbook: Kannauj" (PDF). censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  2. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  3. ^ a b "Table C-01 Population by Religion: Uttar Pradesh". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Guinea-Bissau 1,596,677 July 2011 est.
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Idaho 1,567,582
  6. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Uttar Pradesh". www.censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  7. ^ Interactive map, Uttar Pradesh, Census of India 2001. Archived 2010-01-11 at the Wayback Machine