Geographic heat map – India (Excel template)

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)


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?

  • 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
Geographic Heat Map IndiaMap India
Geographic Heat Map India

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

Showcasing a 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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    • Thank you for using our template.

      Yes, you can add data labels by unhiding the hidden Data tab and add your requirement to reflect inside the map. Requesting to contact for more support.

      Best wishes.

  • Hello,
    Is it possible to reverse the color gradient? Red for highest and green for lowest? Or use different color scheme all together?

    • Thank you for using our template.

      Yes, you can change the color scheme through the following steps.
      1. Unhide hidden Data tab by right clicking the tab name.
      2. Click any cell inside India.
      3. Click Home ribbon.
      4. Select Conditional formatting.
      5. Select manage rule.
      6. Click edit rule and change the color according to your requirement.

      Best wishes.

  • Hi,
    Thank you for this heat map file. I use it very often. However, I would like to know how i can edit or modify “” from the top of the map.


  • Dear Sir,

    Thanks for the Heat Map.

    I would like to change the font colour of the state’s name as when i select the gradient which appears to be darket that time the font colour being black doesn’t reflect properly.

    Request your support.

    • You are welcome.

      You can unhide the hidden sheet and select the particular text box to change the color of the text. If you are unable to change the color, requesting to contact our support team at to help further.

      Best wishes.

    • 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.


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

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • Thanks for your message.

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

      Best wishes

    • Hello

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



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