Welcome to Kannad, a beautiful Taluka and Municipal Council City located in Aurangabad District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. With its prime location just 58 km from Aurangabad, Kannad serves as the entry gate for both Marathwada and Khandesh regions, making it a hub for culture, history, and natural beauty. Let’s explore all that Kannad has to offer.
Tourism is a major attraction in Kannad, and for good reason. The Pitalkhora Caves, Buddhist Rock-Cut Caves offer a glimpse into the rich history of the area, while the Gautala Autramghat Sanctuary, a protected wildlife sanctuary, allows visitors to experience the stunning natural beauty of the region. History buffs will appreciate Antur Fort, built by Maratha Killedar, and Malhargad, a temple on the edge of Autram Ghat dedicated to Khandoba.
Kannad is also home to an abundance of natural wonders, with 15 dams and 7 lakes. The Ambadi Dam and Shivna Takli Dam are some of the biggest dams in Kannad, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for outdoor activities. The Shivna River, which starts in Kannad and flows directly to Jaikwadi Dam, is the lifeblood of the region and is surrounded by stunning natural scenery.
Geographically, Kannad boasts an average elevation of 633 meters (2076 feet) and is home to the largest number of teak and sandalwood trees in the area. The Shivna River is also a key feature of the region, originating in Kannad and flowing directly to Jaikwadi Dam. Kannad has several large villages, including Hiwarkheda Gautala, Pishor, Bahirgaon, Chapaner, Andhaner, Nagad, Aurala, Kunjkheda, Karanjkheda, Nagapur, and Chikalthana. Agriculture is the main occupation in Kannad, with sugarcane, onion, ginger, wheat, maize, and jower being the main crops.
Kannad is not only a beautiful place to visit but is also home to a vibrant and diverse population. As of the 2011 Indian census, Kannad Taluka had a total population of around 450,000, with the city itself having a population of 40,759. The population is largely Hindu, with 80% practicing the religion, followed by Muslims at 16% and Navayana Buddhism at 3%. Kannad is mostly populated by the Maratha caste.
Kannad is well-connected to other parts of the region, with the Mumbai-Nagpur State Highway and the Dhule-Solapur National Highway 211 running through the city. Kannad is also home to the Navodaya Vidyalaya, a prestigious education institution.
In terms of politics, Kannad is part of the Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency and is represented in the Maharashtra state legislature through the Kannad (Vidhan Sabha Constituency).
Come and visit Kannad, a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and more. You won’t be disappointed!