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Rich Karnataka Water Sources

There are 7 main river systems in Karnataka, with their tributaries: Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, North Pennar, South Pennar, Palar and West Flowing Rivers.

We are lucky to have so many rivers in Karnataka, the state consist of Rivers due to its geographical location, Western Ghats, Coastal Regions, and many other reasons.

Most of the River water is used for drinking purpose, agriculture, Industry and used as a source of hydroelectric power, and are used for transportation in some areas.

Most of the rivers come from the Western Ghats and head towards the east direction of the state. These are some of the largest rivers in the state and flow into the Bay of Bengal. As a result, almost all major rivers in the east are inter-state rivers.

 Rivers in Karnataka


The rivers are mainly classified into 3 main river basins, such as Krishna basin, Kaveri basin, Godavari basin, and others. Here is the information on the list of rivers in Karnataka:

1. Krishna River

Krishna River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Maharashtra.

States Covered: Maharashtra, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh.

Districts Covered: Ballari, Bijapur, Chitradurga, Gulbarga, Raichur, Kopala, Bagalkot, Gadag, Belgaum and more.

Dams: Almatti & Narayanpura Dam in Bijapur District.

Sub-Tributaries: Bhima, Koyna, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Tungabhadra, and Doni.

Total Length: 483 Km.

Size: 1,13,030 Sq Km.


2. Kaveri River

Kaveri River

River Source: Talakaveri in Kodagu, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Puducherry.

Districts Covered: Kodagu, Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, and Bengaluru.

Sub-Tributaries: Harangi, Hemavati, Shimsha, Arkavati, Lakshmana Tirtha, Kabini, Bhavani,

Amaravati, and Suvarnavathi.

Dams: Krishna Raja Sagara Dam(Mandhya)

Waterfalls: Gaganachukki, Bharachukki, Chunchanakatte, Shivanasamudra, and Hogenakkal Falls.

Meeting Place: Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu (with River Kaveri).

Total Length: 320 Km.

Size: 36,139 Sq Km.




3. Ghataprabha River

Ghataprabha River

River Source: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

States Covered: Maharashtra, and Karnataka.

Meeting Place: Near Alamatti (with River Krishna)

Districts Covered: Belgaum and Bagalkot.

Sub-Tributaries: Hiranyakeshi and Markandeya.

Dams: Hidkal dam.

Waterfalls: Hidkal Falls.

Total Length: 216 Km.

Size: 8829 sq Km.


4. Malaprabha River

Malaprabha River

River Source: Kanakumbi, Khanapura Taluk, Belgaum District, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Belgaum and Bagalkot.

Meeting Place: Kudala Sangama (with River Krishna)

Sub-Tributaries: Navilatirtha, Benni Halla, Hirehalla River, etc.

Dams: Malaprabha Dam.

Total Length: 304 Km.

Size: 11,540 sq Km.


5. Bhima River

Bhima River

River Source: Bhima Shankar, Maharashtra.

States Covered: Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Bijapur, Gulbarga, and Raichur.

Meeting Place: Jaladurga in Maharashtra (with River Krishna)

Sub-Tributaries: Bennithora

Total Length: 298 Km.

Size: 18,315 sq Km.


6. Tungabhadra River

Tungabhadra River

River Source: Kudli Village, Shimoga District, Karnataka.

States Covered: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Shimoga, Haveri, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru, Ballari.

Sub-Tributaries: Kumudvathi, Varada, Vedavathi, Swarnamukhi, etc.

Dams: Anjanapura, Tunga, Bhadra, Vani Vilasa.

Meeting Place: Kurnool district, Andra Pradesh(with River Krishna)

Total Length: 483 Km.

Size: 1,13,030 sq Km.


7. Doni River

Doni River

River Source: Datta patana, Maharashtra.

States Covered: Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Belgaum, Bijapur, and Gulbarga.

Waterfalls: Chaya Bhagavathi Falls (122 m height)

Total Length: 176 Km.


8. Arkavati River

Arkavati River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Nandi Hills of Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka

Districts Covered: Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Bengaluru.

Sub-Tributaries: Kumudavathi, Suvarnamukhi, and Vrishabhavathi.

Meeting Place:  Kanakapura, Ramanagara District (with River Kaveri)

Dams: Arkavathi Dam, Ramanagara.

Total Length: 161 Km.

Size: 4351 sq Km.


9. Suvarnavathi River

Suvarnavathi River

River Source: Nasurghat Hills, Mysore.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka.

Dams: Suvarnavathi Dam, Chamarajanagar (built between Karnataka and Tamilnadu border)

Total Length: 88 Km.


10. Hemavati River

Hemavati River

River Source: Mudigere, Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Chikkamagaluru, Mandya, and Hassan.

Sub-Tributaries: Lokapavani River.

Dams: Gorur Dam (Hassan).

Total Length: 245 Km.

Size: 5,419 sq. Km.




11. Harangi River

Harangi River

River Source: Pushpagiri Hills, Kodagu, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Kodagu and Mysore.

Dams: Hudgur village, Somwarpet taluk, Kodagu district.

Meeting Place: Kudige, Somwarpet taluk (with River Kaveri)

Total Length: 50 Km.

Size: 419.6 sq Km.


12. Kabini River

Kabini River

River Source: Pakramthalam hills, Wayanad, Kerala.

States Covered: Kerala and Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Mysore.

Sub Tributories: Taraka,Hebballa, Nugu, and Gundal.

Meeting Place: Tirumakudalu Narasipura (with River Kaveri).

Dams: Kabini Dam, Beechanahalli Village,  Heggadadevankote Taluk, Mysore.

Total Length: 240 km.

Size:  2,141.90 sq Km.


13. Shimsha River

Shimsha River

River Source: Devarayanadurga hill, Tumkur, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Tumkur, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar.

Meeting Place: Chamarajanagar (with River Kaveri)

Sub Tributaries: Chikkahole, Hebbahalla, Kanihalla, Kanva, Mullahalla, and Veeravaishnavi.

Dams: Markonahalli Dam, Tumkur.

Total Length: 221 Km.

Size: 8469 sq Km.


14. Palar River

Palar River

River Source: Nandhi Hills, Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

Districts Covered: Chikkaballapur and Kolar.

Sub Tributaries: Cheyyaru River.

Total Length: 348 Km.

Size: 17,633.19 sq.Km.


15. Kali River

Kali River

River Source: Supa, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Uttara Kannada.

Sub-Tributaries: Tattihalli, Pandari, Kaneri, and Madri.

Dams: Supa Dam.

Water Falls: Lalguli Falls, Yelappur Taluk.

Total Length: 184 Km.

Size: 4,297 sq Km.


16. Gangavalli River

Gangavalli River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: the Western Ghats, south Dharwad, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Dharwad.

Total Length: 152 Km.

Size: 3,574 sq Km.




17. Sharavati River

Sharavati River

River Source: Ambuthirtha Mountain, Thirthahalli Village, Shimoga, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Shimoga and Uttara Kannada.

Sub-Tributaries: Haridra, and Yennehole.

Dams: Linganamakki Dam, Sagara Taluk.

Water Falls: Jog Falls (253 m height).

Total Length: 128 Km.

Size: 2,771 sq Km.

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18. Aghanashini River

Aghanashini River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Western Ghats, Gadihalli, Sirsi, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Uttar Kannada District.

Sub-Tributaries: Bakurhole, Chandika hole, Donihalla, Masti mane halla, Benne holé, Badala, Santeguli, Divalli, Hulidevara kodalu and many more..

Total Length: 84 km.

Size: 1,350 sq Km.


19. Netravati River

Netravati River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Ballalarayana Durga, Kuderemuka, Chikmagalur District, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Chikmagalur and Uttara Kannada.

Sub-Tributaries: Charmadi, Shishila, Phalguni, and Kumaradhara.

Dams: Netravati, Dharmasthala

Water Falls: Bandaje falls.

Total Length: 96 Km.

Size: 3,355 sq, Km.


20. Varahi River

Varahi River, List of Rivers in KarnatakaRiver Source: Kavaledurga, Shimoga district, Karnataka. (also known as Halady or Haladi river)

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Shimoga District.

Water Falls: Kunchikal falls.

Total Length: 66 Km.

Size: 221.38 sq Km.


21. Sita River

Sita River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: the Western Ghats, near Hebri, Narasimha parvatha, Agumbe, Shivamogga, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Shivamogga District.

Water Falls: Barkana Falls.

Total Length: 60 Km.


22. Swarna River

Swarna River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: the Western Ghats, Udupi, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka.

Districts Covered: Udupi District.

Dams: One is at Hiriyadka and another one is at Shiroor.

Total Length: 61.05 Km.


23. Mahadayi River

Mahadayi River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Khanpur, Belgaum district, Karnataka.

States Covered: Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra.

Districts Covered: Belgaum.

Sub-Tributaries: Kalasa and Banduri.

Total Length: 77 Km.

Size: 2,032 sq Km.


24. Manjira River

Manjira River, List of Rivers in Karnataka

River Source: Balaghat Range Hills, Maharashtra.

States Covered: Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

Districts Covered: Bidar District.

Sub-Tributaries: Karanja

Dams: Karanja Dam.

Total Length: 116 Km.

Size: 4,430 sq Km.



 

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