Koriya district, also commonly spelled as Korea district, is a district in the north-western part of the Chhattisgarh state in Central India. The administrative headquarters of the district is Baikunthpur. It is bounded on the north by Sidhi District of Madhya Pradesh, on the south by Korba District, on the east by Surguja District, and on the west by Anuppur District of Madhya Pradesh. The area of the district is 5977 km², of which 59.9% is forest area. The district is a vast mass of hill ranges. The general height of the lower tableland is 550 m (1800 feet) above sea level. The Sonhat Plateau has a maximum elevation of 755 m (2477 feet). The highest peak in the district is Deogarh, which is 1027 m (3370 feet) high.
The climate is mild with a bountiful monsoon, a mild summer and a bearable winter. Koriya District consists of five subdivisions of Baikunthpur, Bharatpur, Chirmiri, Manendragarh and Sonhat; five tehsils and five Blocks of Baikunthpur, Bharatpur, Khadgawan, Manendragarh and Sonhat and a Municipal corporation of Chirimiri . The district encompasses 653 villages, 5 Janpad Panchayats, 236 garam Panchayats, 2 Nagar Panchayats and 3 municipality. Koriya district has a population of 659,039. Tongues spoken in Koriya include Bagheli, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi (compared to 60% for German and English) and is spoken by about 7,800,000 people in Bagelkhand. Three community dances, the Karma, Saila and Suga Dance are celebrated mainly in the district during different festivals. The main festivals of India such as Diwali, Dashehra and Holi are also celebrated in Korea District. Some other festivals are also special among the Korean communities, such as Ganga Dashera, Charta, Navakhai and Surhul.
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