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Coordinates: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png23.12°N 83.2°ECoordinateshttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png23.12°N 83.2°E


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_India.svg/23px-Flag_of_India.svg.png India






 • City

1,983 km2 (766 sq mi)


623 m (2,044 ft)

Population (2010)

 • City


 • Density

110/km2 (280/sq mi)

 • Metro



 • Official


Time zone

IST (UTC+5:30)



Area code(s)


Vehicle registration

CG 15 or MP 27




The land is classified into six categories. About 41.67% is under agriculture, while about 5.70% remains fallow. A further 11.44% of the land could be brought under cultivation by improvements in farming techniques and reclamation of marginal areas. A further 1.27% is barren and uncultivated while 33.09% is forest cover and 6.83% is covered by buildings, roads and other infrastructure.

This distribution of cultivated land reflects the patterns and intensity of early agricultural practices and the extent of the population, combined with physical factors. Areas with a high concentration of cultivated land are generally those with longer histories of settlement and agricultural use. In the Ambikapur block 74.51% of the total geographical area is cultivated.


As per the 2011 census, Ambikapur municipal corporation had a population of 214,575 and the urban agglomeration had a population of 243,173. The municipality had a sex ratio of 920 females per 1,000 males and 11.3% of the population was under six years old. Effective literacy was 88.20%; male literacy was 92.73% and female literacy was 83.29%.

Ambikapur is inhabited by people from across India. Moderate weather makes it an attractive place for settlement. Unlike the capital, the district population comprises aboriginalpopulations including the Pandos and Korwas, who still live in rural areas.


How To Reach


Ambikapur is connected to the Anuppur railway junction, a bordering town in Madhya Pradesh, by a broad gauge railway. Trains reachAnuppur, Katni, Satna, Jabalpur, Durg, Bhopal and the state capital Raipur. More destinations, such as New Delhi, can be reached fromAnuppur railway junction.

Jabalpur - Ambikapur Express, Ambikapur – Shahdol, Ambikapur – Surajpur – Anuppur – Bilaspur – Raipur – Durg Express and Bhopal – Chirmiri Passenger run from major cities Bhopal, Gwalior, Katni, Raipur and Jabalpur. Shahdol-Ambikapur passenger leaves Anuppur station at 14:00 hrs and reaches Ambikapur at 19:00 hrs. Ambikapur - Durg Express/Ambikapur-Anuppur-Uslapur-Raipur-Bhilai-Durg Passenger-cum-Express is another train that departs Ambikapur station at 21:15 hrs and reaches Durg at 9:20 hrs.


Ambikapur is well connected by road to other major cities of Chhattisgarh such as Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Bhilai, Korba and Raigarh. Daily bus services also runs for Varanasi, Renukoot in U.P (170 km), Raipur (345 km) and Gadhwa road in Jharkhand (160 km). Bus services from Anuppur to Ambikapur operate via Manendragarh and Surajpur. The bus journeys from Bilaspur and Anuppur take between five and six hours.


Darima airstrip is located 12 km from the city. The nearest airport with regularly scheduled flights to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state



Major tourist attractions include:

  • Mahamaya Temple
  • Tiger Point Waterfall and a Buddha Temple,
  • Fish point,
  • Chendra waterfall (picnic spot),
  • Ramgarh in Surajpur District,
  • Kudargarh in Surajpur District (Bagheshwari Devi Temple)
  • Bhaiyathan in Surajpur District (Patal Bhairav Mandir)
  • Dipadih (Ancient Sculptors),
  • Rakasganda,
  • Sitabengara,
  • Tattapani (hot spring)
  • Semarsot.
  • Maa Vaneshwari Devi temple,


Surguja University, Ambikapur established on 2 September 2008 has the following departments: Environmental Sciences, Farm-Forestry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Law and Legal Studies, Functional Hindi, Computer Science.

The town has a Post Graduation College, a Women's College, an agriculture college, a Government Engineering college, a Polytechnic college and several public schools along with private colleges. IT education institutes are also established here. Recently a Sainik school (23rd in India) was started there.

Holy Cross Women College is the largest residential academic institute in Chhattisgarh. Ambikapur's PG college is also one of the largest in the country in terms of the number of students enrolled.

DPS, Carmel Convent, Oriental Public School, and Saraswati Vidyalaya are the other schools in Ambikapur.