The Brahmaputra has the greatest volume of water of all the rivers in India. It is the source of the Indus and the Satluj and flows through Arunachal Pradesh and Assam
The Mahanadi is an important river in the state of Orissa. This river flows slowly for 900 kms and deposits more silt than any other river in the Indian subcontinent.
The Godavari River System has second longest course within India. The banks of this river have many pilgrimage sites like Nasik, Triyambak and Bhadrachalam.
The Krishna is the third longest river in India with a length of about 1300 kms. It rises in the Western Ghats and flows east into the Bay of Bengal.
The Narmada and the Tapti are the only major rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea. The total length of Narmada through the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat amounts to 1312 kms. The Tapti follows a parallel course to the south of the Narmada, flowing through the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat on its way into the Gulf of Khambhat.
The rivers of India provide irrigation, cheap transportation, electricity, and livelihoods for a large number of people. The river system of India also holds significance from a religious point of view.
River System of India
|Name||Length (km)||Area||Originates From||Ends in||Places Benifited|
|Indus||3100||3,21,290 Sq.Km.||In Tibet Kalish Range 5080 mts.||Arabian sea||India and Pakistan|
|Ganga (Bhagirati)||2480||3,37,00 Sq.Km.||Gangothri||Bay of Bengal||Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal|
|Yamuna (Jamuna)||1370||3,59,000 Sq.Km.||Garhwall in Yamunotri||Bay of Bengal||Delhi, Haryana and UP|
|Brahmaputra||725||2,40,000 Sq.Km.||Lake Manasarovar||Bay of Bengal||North Eastern state|
|Kaveri (Dakshina Ganga" or Ganges of the south)||805||87,900 Sq.Km.||Hills of Coorg, Karnataka||Bay of Bengal||Karnataka and Tamilnadu|
|Godavari||1465||3,12,812 Sq.Km.||Nasik Hills||Bay of Bengal||South-easterly part of Andhra Pradesh|
|Krishna||1400||2,59,000 Sq.Km.||Near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra||Bay of Bengal||Maharastra & Andhrapradesh|
|Narmada||1312||98,796 Sq.Km.||Amarkantak hill in Madhya Pradesh||Arabian sea||Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra|
|Tapti||724||65,145 Sq.Km.||Bettul||Arabian sea||Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra|
|Mahanadi||858||1,41,600 Sq.Km.||Amarkantak Plateau||Bay of Bengal||Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa|
|Vaigai||240||7,000 Sq.Km.||Cardaman Hills||Bay of Bengal||Madurai and Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu|
|Periyar||244||5,398 Sq.Km.||Cardaman Hills||Bay of Bengal||Tamil Nadu and Kerala|
|Thamiraparani||123||4,400 Sq.Km.||Agasthiyar Hills||Gulf of Mannar||Thirunelveli in Tamil Nadu|
Last Updated on : 11/29/2012