Kandhamal revenue district came into existence on 1st January 1994 after Phulbani District was divided into Kandhamal and Boudh District of Odisha.The District lies between 19 degree 34′ to 20 degree 36′ north latitude and 83 degree 34′ to 84 degree 34′ east longitude. Kandhamal experiences sub-tropical hot and dry climate in summer. Dry and cold climate in winter. The maximum temperature recorded in the District is 45.5 degree C. and minimum temperature is 2.0 degree C. the average annual rainfall recorded is 1522.95 mm. The Kandhamal district covering a geographical area of 7654 sq km is bounded by Boudh district in the north, by Rayagada district in the South, by Ganjam and Nayagarh district in the East and Kalahandi District in the West. The Kandhamal is bestowed with the beauty of nature .It has wild life, scenic beauty ,healthy climate, and serpentine ghat roads for the tourists .It has attractions like panoramic coffee gardens, pine jungles, Ghat roads ,hills and water falls, virgin forest and typical tribal village life. Almost 66 percent of the land area of the District is covered with dense forests and towering mountains rich in green meadows at the attitude of 2000 feet to 3000 feet, the terraced valleys thronged with these colourful tribal in their natural heritage, dancing and sporting has its own appeal.
Now in kandhamal district there are around 14721 group has been formed. Recently SHGs have engaged in different Government Programmes like tailoring, Pisciculture, Poultry, Electrical meter reading, supply of pre-school uniform, supplying of Chatua to AWCs and attending different State and District melas to sell their products etc as part of their income generating activities and livelihood.