The Bailadila Mountains near Dantewada in Chhattisgarh are a world famous iron ore mining site. They rise in the Deccan Plateau, 200 m away from the Eastern Ghats. Containing rich deposits of iron ore, the Mountain ranges have a total of 14 reserves, out of which mining activities are being carried out in 3 of them.
The Mountain range gets its name from the word “Baila Dila” which refers to the hump of an ox in the local language. This is due to the fact that the peaks resemble oxen humps. The industrial area has been segregated into two zones: Bacheli and Kirandul. The iron ore mines are situated in the topmost peak of this mountain range. The area is known as Akash Nagar which can be visited with prior permission from the NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation). The surrounding landscape of forests, rivers and mountains is beautiful.