An impact of nutrition counselling on the nutritional status of thirty rural nursing mothers was assessed. The diets were inadequate in terms of energy, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin 812 and ascorbic acid against the recommending dietary allowances of ICMR (1990). There was a significant (P≤0.05) increase in the intake of thiamin, ascorbic acid and iron after the nutrition counselling. A highly significant (p≤0.01) improvement in the blood haemoglobin levels were found but no significant gain in the body weights was observed after counselling. However, the nutrition programme resulted in a highly significant (p≤0.01) gain in the nutrition knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) score of the rural nursing mothers.