Rivers Of Karnataka:
Rivers are a source of water for drinking, irrigation and electricity generation in Karnataka. Most of the rivers originate in the Western Ghats that generally flow westward meet the Arabian Sea after a short run varying from 50 kilometres to 300 kilometres. Almost all the major east-flowing rivers are inter-state rivers and runs towards the eastern side of the state and drain towards the Bay of Bengal.
Figure 1: Karnataka State, India with districts and River Systems
Karnataka State, India Districts Map
Figure: River basins –
1: Godavari, 2: Krishns, 3: Cauvery, 4: North Pennar, 5: South Pennar, 6: Palar, 7: West flowing rivers
There are seven rivers (Figure 1c) in Karnataka
|No.||River System||Drainage Area|
|1000 Sq. km||%|
|East Flowing Rivers|
|7.||West Flowing Rivers||24.25||12.73|
|East Flowing rivers (1 to 6)||166.25||12.73|
|West Flowing rivers||24.25||87.27|
A report by Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Vinay S and Bharath H. Aithal
- This report was commissioned for India Rivers Week 2016.
- The Karnataka Drainage map has been put together by a WWF Team led by G Areendran, the names of the rivers have been provided by an INTACH Team led by Dr. Manu Bhatnagar.
- The names in bracket represent the Key tributaries; RED color is for (Critical) status; BLUE is for (Safe) status and rest are PINK (Threatened) status.
- Its a short description, for detail report kindly explore the link Karnataka Rivers Profile
- You may also like to see rivers profiles for Rajasthan, West Bengal, North-East India, Maharashtra, Haryana , Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala States
- The same report can also be seen on SANDRP Blog