Kanalichhina is a small scenic town and a development block in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in India. It is situated on Pithoragarh-Dharchula Highway. The market serves as a tea break point for passengers traveling between Dharchula and Haldwani.
The town is at a distance of about 25 km from Pithoragarh district. The name of the town Kanalichhina comes from a Kumaoni word ‘Chhin’ which means a deep and open space between two hillocks.
The town is rich in lush greenery, surrounded by deep pine forests. The Panchachuli peak is clearly visible from here. Nepalese peaks such as Mount Appi and Annapurna are distinctly visible from Kanalichina.
The historical town of Askot, known for Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is about 26 km from here. Dharchula, situated along Kali river on Indo-Nepal border is 66 km from here. Popular hill station Munsiyari, which serves as the base camp for many treks such as Khaliya top, is 101 km from Kanalichina.
There are few private schools a Government Intermediate college (GIC) and a Government Girls Intermediate college (GGIC) for senior secondary education. The town also has a Government Polytechnic College for technical education. For undergraduate and post-graduate education, Pithoragarh, Narayan Nagar, and Almora are some good options.
Kanalichhina is situated in Didihat Tehsil of Pithoragarh district. It is 26 km away from Pithoragarh, 25 km from Askote and 66 km from Dharchula. It is 142 km from Almora. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is at a distance of 240 km via Pithoragarh-Almora road.
The nearest railway station is Tanakpur, 174 km away via NH9. Buses or taxis from Pithoragarh, Tanakpur, Almora, Didihat, Kathgodam, and Haldwani are available. Since the place is remote, one will have to check the timings of buses and taxis before traveling.