Geographic heat map – India (Excel template)

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Geographic Heat Map - India
I was looking for a way to present/visualize state level data on an Indian map. I was not able to get that from the Bing maps application for Excel. I am sure there are paid applications that might provide this functionality.  I think this is a very basic need and I decided to prepare a simple template that can help create geographic heat maps for India.


If you would like to create heat maps like the one above, download the template (Telangana added in June 2014).

Please see below, a quick 5 minute demo of this template.

Geographic_Heat_Map_India_screenshot_2How to use this template?

  • Enter your (numeric) data in the data column and the map image on the right gets updated. 
  • Please make sure that the state (or union territory) names you enter in column A are spelled the same way as they are
    • They are currently ordered alphabetically. However, you may choose to enter them in any order. 
  • You can print the sheet if needed
  • You can copy the image and paste it in other applications such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint
You can also use this template to showcase the position of one specific state. For the illustration above, I entered a positive number (1) for Madhya Pradesh and deleted the data for all other States/UTs. 
How is the heat map generated?

The template has a hidden worksheet where the outline of India and States/Union territories were drawn with the cells pointing to corresponding data. Conditional formatting has been used to create the heat map. If you would like to change the colour gradient, read this article.

If you know of better ways to do this or if you use any application to create such heat maps for India, please share your thoughts.

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148 thoughts on “Geographic heat map – India (Excel template)

  1. Hi, Can we have a heat map of all the cities of India?

    1. Hello

      We are in the process of developing heat maps for different states like Karnataka, Maharashtra etc.,. We will release them soon. But currently we are not in plan of developing a heat mat of a city with its territory like
      Bangalore, Chennai etc.,. However we do take customization project for a fee, so if you provide a city image with its territory to, we can provide an estimate of work.


  2. The colour gradient is not available in the downloaded file ..only text is there ……from lowest to highest

    1. We regret the inconvenience caused but we are unable to replicate from our end. Hence, requesting to share the downloaded sheet to along with your System OS (Mac/Windows) and Excel version used.

  3. Hi
    The borders and actual map get messed up and disproportional as soon as I open the downloaded file. The same happens if I open as xls, xlsx or csv. Any suggestions on how to solve this?

    1. Our support team will respond to you shortly.

      In the meantime, if you require any support on our product, requesting you to send an E-Mail to

  4. Hi, When is the statewise heat map being released.

    1. Thanks for your message.

      The wait will not be long. We will release them soon.

      Best wishes

  5. Can we have heat map for Telangana states with 33 districts

    1. Hello

      We are in the process of developing heat maps for different states. We will release them soon.


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