Geography of Kheda District
Kheda district is bounded by Sabarkantha district in the north, Panchmahals district in the east, Vadodara district in the south, and Ahmedabad district in the west. The geographical location of the district is 22.30 degree to 23.18 degree North (Latitude) and 72.32 degree to 73.37 degree East (Longitude). Maximum temperature of Kheda district is 41 degree centigrade and the minimum temperature is 14 degree centigrade. Average rainfall recorded in this place is 723 mm. There are nine rivers which flow through this district which are Mahi, Sabarmati River, Mesvo, Khari, Luni, Vatrak, Shedhi, Mahor and Varasi.
Demography of Kheda District
According to Population Census in the year 2011, the Kheda District had population of 2,299,885 of which male and female were 1,185,727 and 1,114,158 respectively. In 2001 census, Kheda had a population of 2,024,216 of which males were 1,052,823 and remaining 971,393 were females. Kheda District population constituted 3.81 percent of total population of Gujarat.
Education of Kheda District
Kheda district has 1596 primary schools, 251 secondary schools and 81 higher secondary schools. Nadiad taluka of the district hosts one of the famous engineering institute 'Dharamsinh Desai Institute of Technology' which offers courses in chemicals, instrumentation and control, civil, mechanical, electrical, computer and electronics and communication engineering as well as management and pharmacy courses. There are two nursing colleges, one dental college, and one Ayurvedic college present in the district.
Economy of Kheda District
Kheda district contributes a lot to the state's economy. It is also known by the name golden leaf since it is the major producer of tobacco in the State. Nadiad taluka is the industrial center in the district, with major concentration of industries in sectors like Textiles, Paper, Electrical equipments and Food processing. There are huge natural gas reserves in Matar taluka of the district. Kheda district contributes 7 percent to the total production of vegetables in Gujarat. The significant vegetables produced in the district include potatoes, tomatoes, brinjal and onions. There are 8,186 small scale industries operating in Kheda district. Some of the main industries under SSI are chemicals, miscellaneous manufacturing industries, repairing services, food products and non-metallic mineral products.
Tourism in Kheda District
Kheda District offers a lot when it comes to tourism. Dakor is the most famous religious place of Lord Ranchhodraiji in Gujarat and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Raioli in Kheda district is a treasure of fossils and fossilised eggs of a 10 meter long dinosaur. Santaram Temple is a popular pilgrimage site in Gujarat dedicated to Saint Santaram Maharaj who is believed to be the incarnation of Hindu trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva, depicted with three heads and six hands.
How to Reach Kheda District
The nearest airport to Kheda district is located at Vadodara which is about 38 km from district headquarter Nadiad. The airport connects the district to important cities such as Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
Kheda district is well connected with other cities by road. National Highway (NH) 8 passes through the district connecting it to cities such as Ahmedabad (52 km), Surat (226 km) and Vadodara (59 km). Presence of Ahmedabad - Nadiad - Vadodara expressway improves connectivity between the districts.
Kheda district is well connected with other districts and cities of the state through good railway network. There is broad gauge rail route that connects the district to Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The nearest ports are at Hazira and Dahej.