Chandel district is one of the 9 districts of Manipur state in northeastern India. As of 2011 it is the second least populous district in the state, after Tamenglong
This district came into existence on 13 May 1974 as Tengnoupal District. In 1983 the district headquarters was shifted to Chandel, and subsequently it was renamed as Chandel district. Originally the named Chandel is Chamdil .. taken from the Anal (Pakan) Language meaning ‘Cham’ = Simple, and ‘Dil’ = pant (men’s Wear).
Chandel town is the administrative headquarters of the district. Moreh town, an important trade centre between Manipur and Myanmar is located at the southernmost part of this district.Chakpikarong town is important where the river Chakpi runs in the middle of the town and a business centre in the district, mainly comprises Anal Tribe. And Tengnoupal town which also the Sub-Divisional Headquarter is the gate-way to all the roads leading to four conner of the district. Tengnoupal is inhabited by Mate Tribe
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Chandel one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the three districts in Manipur currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
Initially the district comprised 3 sub-divisions: Chandel, Tengnoupal and Chakpikarong. After re-organization, the district currently comprises four sub-divisions: Tengnoupal,Moreh, Chandel, Chakpikarong and Machi.
According to the 2011 census Chandel district has a population of 144,028, roughly equal to the nation of Saint Lucia. This gives it a ranking of 602nd in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 43 inhabitants per square kilometre (110/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.72%. Chandel has a sex ratio of 932 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 70.85%.
Languages spoken include Anal (Pakan) languages in the Headquarter. Anal Naga tribe is dominant in the district headquarters and Aimol, a Sino-Tibetan tongue with less than 2500 speakers, written in the Latin script; and Anal, which is also Sino-Tibetan and spoken by approximately 14 000 Indians, and more in Myanmar (and which should not be confused with the Anus language).