Betwa River

The quaint little town of Orchha that is famed for its architectural marvels and tourist attractions basks prettily on the banks of the Betwa River. The nondescript Madhya Pradesh town literally means 'hidden' and rests in the Bundelkhand region along the Betwa River.

A close look at the geographical facts about Orchha, a landlocked town reveals that it is primarily drained by the Betwa River. Also known as the Vetravati, the Betwa River originates from the mountains of North India and meanders through the plains to enter Madhya Pradesh from the west and flow through Orchha. A tributary of the Yamuna River, the confluence of the Betwa and the Yamuna Rivers takes place in the Hamirpur town, in the vicinity of Orchha.

In Madhya Pradesh, the Betwa River flows near the Mandideep industrial area, a little outside the capital city of Bhopal. The river also finds ample mention in the ancient epics like the Mahabharata. The Betwa River finds mention as the Shuktimati River in the mythological texts as the venerable river on whose banks the capital of the Chedi kingdom rested.

Currently, the Betwa River is being merged with the Ken River as a part of the river linking project in Madhya Pradesh. Another noteworthy project on the Betwa River is the construction of the Matatila Dam, an undertaking between the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Last Updated on 19/06/2013