Kannauj District is an administrative district of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, along the river Ganges. The historic town of Kannauj, northwest of Kanpur, is the administrative center.Currently Mrs. Dimple Yadav represents it who was elected unopposed from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat.

Kannauj is located at 27.07°N 79.92°E. It has an average elevation of 139 metres (456 feet).The Ganges is the main river of the district at the North East border of the district. Kali river is at the northern border of the district while the Ishan river flows through the District.

The climate of the district is characterized by a hot dry summer and a pleasant cold season. The average rainfall of the District is approximately 80 cm.The district is bounded by the districts of Farrukhabad to the north, Hardoi to the northeast, Kanpur Nagar to the east, Kanpur Dehat to the southeast, Auraiya to the south, Etawah to the southwest, and Mainpuri to the west. The district is divided into three tehsils and seven development blocks. The district was split from Farrukhabad on September 18, 1997, and is part of Kanpur Division.

According to the 2011 census Kannauj district has a population of 1,658,005, roughly equal to the nation of Guinea-Bissau or the US state of Idaho.This gives it a ranking of 299th in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 792 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,050/sq mi).Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 19.37%.Kannauj has a sex ratio of 879 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 74.01%.The District’s population was 1,388,923 in 2001. Of these, 1,156,951 (or 83.3%) lived in rural areas, while 231,972 (or 16.7%) lived in urban areas.

There are many temples in Kannauj which are very important by both Historical as well as spiritual purposes. In the time of King Harsha it was the kingdom of India. It is very much famous for Kannauj Perfume also. That is the reason why it is mentioned as the city of perfumes.