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.

Arkavati
Bhadra River
Ghataprabha River
Kabini River
Kaveri
Kumaradhara River
Malaprabha River
Mandovi River
Netravati River
Pambar River
Palar River
Panchganga River
Sharavati
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

Popular Dams and reservoirs of Karnataka

Karnataka is home of important rivers with several tributaries such as Kaveri, Krishna, Kabini, Sharavathi and Thungabhadra rivers. These rivers are has number of large dams in the state which include Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam, Tungabhadra dam and Alamati dam. Krishna Raja Sagara is one of the major tourist attractions in Mysore along with an ornamental garden attached. The lake and the dam along with Brindavan Garden that also has a botanical park, attracts wide varieties of local and migrant birds.

The Tungabhadra Dam is a multipurpose dam across the Tungabhadra River near Hospet. Tungabhadra Dam is one of the 10 major dams of India and one of the chief attractions of the town of Hospet. The Bhadra Dam is located on the Bhadra River in Chikkamagaluru that flows through the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhadra dam reservoir is a popular venue for water sports activities and also has rich avifauna.

The Almatti Dam is build on the Krishna River and is the main reservoir of the Upper Krishna Project in North Karnataka. Krishna River Project also has seven terrace gardens as a picnic spot in the dam area and an artificial forest with wild animals. Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam is also known as Mari Kanive located at Chitradurga, is the oldest dam in the Karnataka state. The dam is an exquisite piece of architecture and a prime tourist destination with a nearby forest called panchavati garden.

Dam/Reservoir River Location Completed year Purpose
Almatti Dam Krishna Basavana Bagevadi taluk, Bijapur district 1999 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Basava Sagara Dam Krishna Siddapura, Muddebihal taluk, Bijapur district 1982 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Bhadra Dam Bhadra Lakkavalli, Tarikere taluk, Chikkamagaluru district 1965 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Tungabhadra Dam Tungabhadra Hospet, Ballari district 1953 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Krishna Raja Sagara Dam Kaveri Mandya 1931 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Linganamakki Dam Sharavathi Linganamakki, Sagara Taluk, Shimoga district 1964 Hydroelectric
Harangi Reservoir Harangi Hudgur, Somawarapete taluk, Kodagu district 1982 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Shanti Sagara Haridra Channagiri taluk, Davanagere district - Irrigation
Raja Lakhamagowda dam Ghataprabha Hidkal, Hukkeri taluk, Belgaum district 1977 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Renuka Sagara Dam Malaprabha Navilutheertha, Saundatti taluk, Belgaum district 1972 Irrigation & Hydroelectric
Kadra Dam Kali Karwar, Uttara Kannada district 1997 Hydroelectric
Supa Dam Kali Joida, Uttara Kannada district 1987 Hydroelectric
Kanva Reservoir Kanva Channapatna, Ramanagara district 1946 Irrigation
Kodasalli Dam Kali Joida, Uttara Kannada district 2000 Hydroelectric
Vani Vilasa Sagara Vedavathi Marikanive, Hiriyur Taluk, Chitradurga district 1907 Irrigation & Hydroelectric