Activities in Kathgodam
There are quite a few places of interest in Kathgodam where one can spend quality time with his family and friends. Nainial Hill Station and Nainital Zoo are popular tourist attraction and is located in the hills named as Sher ka Danda and is just 24 Kms from Kathgodam. Kalichaud Temple is a well-known temple in Kathgodam and attracts large number of devotees. The famous Gaula Barrage which is considered as an ultimate picnic spot is another attraction in Kathgodam.
Nature Walk: Kathgodam is situated on the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas and thus makes it a perfect destination to explore various nature trails in and around Kathgodam. Tourists can take leisure walking in the morning and evening in the calm environment.
Picnicking: Tourists visiting to Kathgodam prefer to picnic with family and friends along the banks of Gaula River. There is also a barrage built on Gaula River which is another popular tourist destination in Kathgodam.
Staying in Kathgodam
Since Kathgodam is the ‘Gateway to the Kumaon Himalayas’, there are many accommodation options and places to stay for tourists. Kathgodam is the last train station in the Kumaon region and tourists have to reach Kathgodam to travel to higher altitudes. As a result, many hotels and guesthouses have mushroomed at Kathgodam. One can find luxury as well as budget accommodation at Kathgodam.
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Kathgodam Food Guide
Since tourists going to higher reaches of Kumaon Himalayas must reach Kathgodam, there are many restaurants that have opened in Kathgodam that serve delicious North Indian cuisines. One can find few fast food chains as well. Several luxury hotels and resorts also have in-house restaurants that serve variety of cuisines like Indian, Continental, and Chinese according to the taste and liking of their guests.
History of Kathgodam
Kathgodam literally suggests 'timber depot' and it became popular when the railway line was extended here, in the late 19th century. The region was earlier known as 'Bamori Ghati' and 'Chauhan Patta'. It was later re-named as Kathgodam on April24, 1884, when it was made the terminal station of Rohilkhand and Kumaon Railways.