Tourism at Champawat
76 kms. from Pithoragarh headquarters, Champawat is situated 1615 meters. above sea level. Champawat, once the capital of the rulers of the Chand dynasty, is famous for its natural beauty and well known temples. The ancient fort, now houses headquarters of the Tehsil office. A historical spot, Champawat has many well known temples of high artistic value. The Baleshwar temple is the noted attraction of Champawat. The Nagnath temple at Champawat is also an excellent example of ancient architecture of Kumaon. 4 – 5 kms. from Champawat is the ‘Ek Hathiya Ka Naula’, which is said to have been constructed in just one night by the one handed artisan. The story of Golla Devta is also associated with Gorilla Chaur of Champawat. It was in Champawat that Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared as ‘Kurma avatar’ (incarnation as tortoise). This hill is also known as Mt. Kandev. There is a small fort at Champawat. Jim Corbett had come to this region in the first decade of the twentieth century in order to hunt for man eating tigers. These days there is a temple which is called Kranteshwar Mandir which is dedicated to lord Shiva. It is also believed that the head of ‘Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima and the Rakshasi Hidimbi ) fell here after he died in battle of Mahabharata. The Gahtku mandir is the temple dedicated to Ghatotkach. In Maurari (Banlekh) Village is a Famous Temple, Shaani Mandir (Manokamna Purn Mandir Kaula ). This Temple is near to Champawat, 10 km south of Main Market Champawat.
The very first story of his first book (Man Eaters of Kumaon) is related to Champawat.