It originates from the Eastern Ghats of Dandakaranya range in Kalahandi district and flows in a westerly direction; enters into Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh state. It further traverses in the westerly direction and thereafter in southern direction before finally meeting Godavari River at the border of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The river during its course forms the boundary between the states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh at various places.
Most of the river course is through dense forests of Bastar. The river flows for a length of 535 km with a drainage area of 41,665 km2.
Origin and Flows
The river Indravati rises at an altitude of 914 m in the Kalahandi district of Odisha on the western slopes of the Eastern Ghats. It flows west-ward through the Kalahandi, Nabarangapur and Koraput districts for a length of 164 km and after forming the boundary between Odisha and Chhattisgarh states for a length of 9.5 km, enters the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. After flowing 233 km in Chhattisgarh, it turns south and flows along the boundary of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra for about 129 km and joins Godavari River at the junction of the boundaries of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana states.
The Indravati sub-basin covers a total area of about 40625 km2. Indravati has a catchment area of 7435 km2 in Odisha. The length of river is about 535.80 km.and starting from the hills of Kalahandi, it joins the Godavari river near village Bhadrakali in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It has a well defined course from its origin to its confluence with the Godavari River. Starting in a South-East direction as a small rivulet in Odisha, it later runs in western direction through Bastar district of Chhattisgarh until it is deflected and runs North West and then again takes a turn to South-West direction. During its total course of 535.80 km the river drops by 832.10m. Its bed level at its junction with the Godavari River is of the order of R.L. 82.3 m compared to the level in Kalahandi from where it takes off is 914.4m.
Indravati and Sabari are interconnected naturally in Odisha area. Indravati waters overflow into the Sabari through Jaura nallah during floods.
The major tributaries of river Indravati are Keshadhara Nalla, Kandabindha Nallah, Chandragiri Nalla, Golagar Nalla, Poragarh Nalla, Kapur Nallah, Muran River, Bangiri Nallah, Telengi Nallah, Parlijori Nallah, Turi Nallah, Chourijori Nallah, Damayanti Sayarh, Kora river, Modang river, Padrikundijori river, Jaura river and Bhaskel river.
The important right bank tributaries of the Indravati are Bhaskal, Narangi, Boarding, Nibra, Kotri and Bandia. The important left bank tributary is Nandiraj.
A total of five hydroelectric projects (Kutru I, Kutru II, Nugur I, Nugur II and Bhopalpatnam) were planned on the stretch of Indravati River at various points in time. But none could see the light of the day due to ecological concerns raised in various fora.
- Indravati Power Station from Internet Archive
- Damning the Indravati? from Internet Archive
- Indravati National Park, Chhattisgarh