Gadchiroli District is located in the north-eastern part of
. It was formed by the division of
. Gadchiroli is surrounded by the River Wainganga in the west,
in the south and Indravati River in the east. It is famous for bamboo and tendu leaves. Godavari is the main river. Paddy, jowar, linseed, tur and wheat are the main crops. The languages spoken are Gondi, Madiya,
, Bengali and Chhatisgadi. With an area of 14,412 sq km, Gadchiroli District has a population of over 1 million. The temperature varies from 11o
C to 43o
C. It receives an annual rainfall of 1,235 mm. The ancient sculptures of Markanda attract researchers from around the world. Dander, Gondi and Gondhali are the famous tribal folk dances in Gadchiroli District. Markandeshwar and Chaprala sanctuary are the major tourist attractions.