Kankhal is a small colony in Haridwar in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand state in India. Mentioned in the Vayu Purana and the Mahabharata as Kanakhala, Kankhal is one of 'Panch Tirth' (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar, with other spots being Gangadwara (Har ki Pauri), Kushwart (Ghat in Kankhal), Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple). It is most known for the Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, Maa Anandamoyi Ashram and numerous other ashrams and old houses with exquisite wall paintings built by Hindu pilgrims in the 19th century.
Important Places In Kankhal:
- Sati Kund: A well-known mythological heritage worth visit is situated in the Kankhal region. Legend has it that Sati laid down her life in this kund Pilgrims from all over India visit this place and feel blessed.
- Ramakrishna Mission: This branch of the Ramakrishna Mission was built in 1910 at behest of Swami Vivekananda.
- Anandamoyi Ma Ashram: This quaint ashram was the residence of this Hindu saint Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896-1982), and also houses her samādhi shrine and a museum dedicated to her, in the vicinity.
- Abheda Ganga Mayya Asram: Our India had gifted numerous Divine Masters to the World. Spiritual acharya order after Adi Sankara so many sacred souls had taken avatar from Kerala. In which chattambi swamigal, Sree Narayana guru, Swami Ranga nathanand ji, and Neela Kanda theertha pada, The ashramam functions now at Near Bairagi Camp, Kankhal, under a trust called ABHEDA GANGA MAYYA TRUST Founder of The Trust Shri Narayanananda Swamiji Maharaj Along With Swami Samvidanand ji Maharaj.
- Dera Baba Dargah Singh Ji, Gurudwara:- Situated near Sati Ghat, this Gurudwara is dedicated to the third Sikh Guru, Guru Amar Das, who visited this place many times during his lifetime, is situated near Sati Ghat in Kankhal; it is managed by the Nirmala Sikhs, a scholarly sect of the Sikhs, who came here in 1705, after evacuating from Anandpur, Punjab and made it their headquarters.
Kankhal is well connected by road to National Highway 58, between Delhi and Manapass. Nearest railway stations are at Jwalapur and Haridwar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport
, though Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is preferred. Its neighbouring towns are Jwalapur, Haridwar, and Laksar