|Kailashahar is a town located at the northern part of Tripura. It is the district headquarters of newly-formed Unakoti district. The town is a border-town very close to Kumilla district of Bangladesh. The town was the ancient capital of Tripuri kings. Later the capital was shifted to Udaipur and then to Agartala. Kailashahar means the abode of Lord Shiva. The ancient name of Kailashahar was Chhambulnagar.|
As per 2001 census, the population of Kalishahar was 23418. People are engaged in service, small-scale business, agriculture, teaching and tourism. The main languages spoken are Bengali, Kokborok, Meitei (Manipuri) and Chakma.
Literacy and education As per 2011 census, The literacy rate of Kailashahar was 82%. The important educational institutes of the town are:-
(a) Ramkrishna College (affiliated to Tripura University)
(b) Kailashahar ITI
(c) Kendriya Vidyalaya Kailashahar
(d) Ramkrishna Shiksha Pratishthan
(e) Kailashahar Government Girls' School
(f) Netaji Vidyapith English Medium School
(g) Vidyanagar Higher Secondary School
(h) Goidharpur Rajakiya Shiksha Higher Secondary School
Many students of Kailashahar go to Agartala and Silchar (in Assam) for higher education in different fields of study.
Tourist places in and around Kailashahar Nowadays Kailashahar has been attracting many tourists who visit Unakoti. It is a historic pilgrimage spot of Lord Shiva. The rock carvings, murals and stone images of Unakoti are mind-boggling. The word ‘Unakoti' means one less than a crore. It is stated that there are one less than one crore rock carvings in this Hill. However, the centre of attraction is a 30-feet figure of Lord Shiva carved out of a single vertical rock face. Besides this giant statue, there are many other statues of Lord Vishnu, Nandi, Narasimha, Ravana, Hanuman and other Gods. A big fair on the occasion of Ashokashtami is held in the month of April. The surrounding area is beautiful and full of greenery.
In addition, tourists visiting Kailashahar also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Fourteen Deities Temple at Rangauti.
The nearest airport is located at Agartala, which is at a distance of 180 Kilometers from Kailashahar. The nearest railway station is at Kumarghat and Lumding in Assam. From Agartala, Kumarghat, Dharmanagar and Lumding, bus services and taxis are available for Kailashahar.
Culture In Kailashahar, the tourists can see a natural synthesis of culture of Bengalis, Riyangs, Meiteis, Tripuris and Chakmas. Besides the festivals of all these communities, the Ashokashtami carnival presents a resplendent event in the month of April.
Lok Sabha and Assembly Constituencies Kailashahar comes under Tripura East Lok Sabha constituency and Kailashahar Assembly constituency.
- Partha K.