The Champawat district of Uttarakhand is famous for its outdoor activities, sacred sites, astonishing nature, and historical significance. The major attractions of Champawat are Balaeshwar Mahadev Temple which is having a splendid architectural structure and carvings. The beautiful landscape of Champawat with a snake-like river, terraced fields make this place amazingly beautiful. This place can be enjoyed by trekkers, wildlife lovers, nature admirers, or anyone who is seeking some peace in his life. As per the legends, this is the place where Lord Vishnu appeared in Kurma Avatar which is the Tortoise incarnation.
The book 'Men Eaters of Kumaon' is also associated with Champawat which was written by Jim Corbett who was a famous hunter and visited this region during the 20th century while hunting for men eating tigers. Gorilla chaur which is located in Champawat is also associated with the story of Golla Devta.
As Champawat is located on the bank of river Champawati to its use to known as Chamapawati District in the early time. The local king Raut use to live in Donkot Fort which is located on western side of this place. Champawat is having seven ancient temple such as Kranteshwar, Dikteshwar, Tadkeshwar, Daleshwar, Maneshwar, Rishneshwar, and Malareshwar.
In the early time, Champawat formed as the capital of Kumaun by rulers of the Chand Dynasty.