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Geographic heat map – India (Excel template)

Geographic Heat Map - India

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.

India Heat Map (by State)

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If you would like to create editable map of india in excel free download the template (Telangana added in June 2014)

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

How to use this template?

Geographic Heat Map India

You can also use this template to showcase the position of one specific state.

Showcasing a 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 an excel map chart India heat maps, please share your thoughts.

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