Nandurbar lies in the North Western region of Maharashtra on the
border of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Until 1998, it was a part of Dhule
district. It has a total area of 5035 sq. km. of which 45% consists of
forestland. Administratively, it is divided into six blocks, Akkalkuwa, Dhadgao
(Akrani), Shahada, Taloda, Navapur and Nandurbar.
Nandurbar is a tribal district, with 62% tribal population and 75% of the
rural population belonging to different tribes. Three of the six blocks have a
tribal population of more than 80 per cent (Census, 2001). The main tribes of
Nandurbar are Konkani, Bhils, Dhankas, Gamuts, Pawra and Mavchi. Their dialects
include Bhilori, Pawra, Mavchi, Konkani and Ahirani.