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Rivers in Karnataka

Karnataka is the land of many important rivers such as Kaveri, Kabini, Sharavathi, Thungabhadra rivers. Water falls are the birthplaces of all rivers across Karnataka and are lined throughout coastal Karnataka. Ancient temples on river banks provide the visitors and trekkers a unique experience. There are seven river systems in Karnataka which with their tributaries, drain the state - Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, North Pennar, South Pennar, Palar & West Flowing Rivers. Rivers are integral part of agriculture, a source of hydropower and used for transportation in certain areas. The popular rivers of Karnataka are Mahadayi River, Kaveri, Tungabhadra River, Sharavati, Kali River, Malaprabha River, Bhadra River, Tunga River, Arkavati, Ghataprabha River, Shimsha, Netravati River, Palar River, Ponnaiyar River, Gangavalli River, Varahi River, Hemavati River, Penna River, Lakshmana Tirtha, Manjira River, Bhima River, Kumaradhara River, Varada, Mandovi River, Vedavathi River, Amarja, Souparnika River, Papagni River, Gurupura River, Shambhavi, Yagachi River, Chitravathi River, Dudhaganga, Honnuhole, Chakra River, Kubja River, Panchagangavalli River, Dandavati, Seetha River, Gundia River, Mahadayi, River Bedti, Ghataprabha River, Jayamangali, Mullamari, Hirehalla River and Mahadayi River.

The Many districts in the south Karnataka rich in Wildlife and flora, thousands of small streams take birth in the monsoon and merges to the major rivers which makes heavy flow in the rainy season. As western Ghats part of the State, is home to many Rivers and small streams that painted the state Green, many river merges in the Coastline of Karnataka which stretched around 320 km.

Krishna is is the second largest river in India Peninsula, rises in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1337 m. near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra State. It flows across the whole width of the peninsula, from west to east, for a length of about 1400 km, through Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Cauvery rises at Talakaveri on the Brahmagiri Range of Hill in the Western Ghats, presently in the Coorg district of Karnataka, at an elevation of 1.341m above mean sea level.

Bhadra River
Ghataprabha River
Kabini River
Kumaradhara River
Malaprabha River
Mandovi River
Netravati River
Pambar River
Palar River
Panchganga River
Tunga River
Tungabhadra River

The whole of western ghat area of Kudremukh, Kemmanugundi, Kodachadri, B R Hills, Nandi Hills, Jog, Unchalli, Magod, Sivasamudra, Abbey, Irruppu, Coorg, are some of the very beautiful and a must visit for the Young at Heart and Spirit. Some of these wonders of nature fall in the districts of Udupi, D.K, N.K, Shimoga, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Coorg.

Information of Karnataka Rivers & Lists with rivers in Karnataka with map direction are given.

West flowing rivers in Karnataka

  • River Sharavathi
  • River Mandavi
  • River Kalinadi
  • River Gangavalli
  • River Aghanashini

East flowing rivers in Karnataka

  • River Harangi
  • River Hemavathi
  • River Lakshmanatirtha
  • River Kabini
  • River Shimsha
  • River Arkavati
  • River Suvarnavathi or River Honnuhole
  • Honnuhole
  • River Bhavani
  • Lokapavani
  • Noyyal
  • Amaravati