List of rivers of India

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Major Rivers in India
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A River is a natural watercourse,usually a fresh water,flowing towards an ocean,a lake,a sea or another river. Rivers are the part of the hydrological cycle. This is a list of rivers in India. Rivers that flow into the sea are sorted geographically, along the coast starting from the Bay of Bengal in the east, moving along the Indian coast southward to Kanyakumari, then northward along the Arabian Sea. Tributary rivers are listed hierarchically in upstream order: the lower in the list, the more upstream.

The biggest major rivers of India are:

The remaining rivers are as follows:

  • Flowing into the Inner part of India.
  • Coastal rivers.

Rivers flowing into Bay of Bengal[edit]

Meghna River Basin[edit]

The Meghna-Surma-Barak River System is located in India and Bangladesh.

Brahmaputra River Basin[edit]

Ganges River Basin[edit]

Map of the Ganges (orange), Brahmaputra (violet), and Meghna (green) drainage basins.
Yamuna River drainage basin map.

West Bengal Coastal Rivers[edit]

Godavari River Basin[edit]

Godavari, Andhra Pradesh which is one of the widest river in india

Krishna River Basin[edit]

Andhra Pradesh Coastal Rivers[edit]

Rivers like vamsadhara and nagavalli are the two coastal rivers in srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh

Sharada river starts at Devarapally in visakhapatnam district and drains into the Bay of Bengal

Penner River Basin[edit]

Kaveri River Basin[edit]

Hogenakkal Falls, on the Kaveri River.

Tamil Nadu Coastal Rivers[edit]

  • Thamirabarani River
  • Palar River
  • Vaigai River
  • Vaippar river
  • Vellar
  • Vasishta Nadi
  • Sweta Nadi
  • Cooum River
  • Adyar River
  • Ponnaiyar River

Rivers flowing into Arabian Sea[edit]

Karnataka Coastal Rivers[edit]

The rivers flowing through three coastal districts of Karnataka join Arabian sea.

Kerala Coastal Rivers[edit]

The rivers flowing through three coastal districts of Kerala to join Arabian sea.

Coastal rivers of Goa[edit]

Mandovi River, known as Mhadai in Western Ghats of Goa and Karnataka, has three sources viz., the Degao, the Nanevadichi Nhõi (nhõi means river in Konkani) and Gavali the last two sources go dry in summer season. The main origin of the river, in the form of a spring, even during Summer season, is at Bavtyacho Dongor hills near Degao village in Khanapur Taluka of Belgaum Dist in Karnataka State.

The three streams confluence at the Kabnali village whereafter it is known as Mhadai, which has an easterly flow initially, then flows north and finally turns to the west on entering Goa. Mhadai River enters Goa between Krisnapur (Karnataka) and Kadval (Goa) villages. The tributaries of the Mhadai are the Nersa Nala, the Chapoli and Kapoli nala, the Bail Nala, the Volo Panshiro ( Karnataka), the Suko Panshiro, the Harparo, the Nanodyachi Nhõi, the Vellsachi Nhõi, the Valpoichi Nhõi, the Ghadghadyachi Nhõi, the Valvanti/ Volvot, the Divcholchi Nhõi, the Asnoddchi Nhõi, the Khandeaparchi Nhõi, the Mhapxechi Nhõi, Xinkerchi Nhõi etc. It is the longest River of Goa with a reported length of 105 km.

Maharashtra Coastal Rivers[edit]

Tapti River Basin[edit]

Narmada River Basin[edit]

Mahi River Basin[edit]

Sabarmati River Basin[edit]

Indus River Basin[edit]

Map of the main rivers of the Indus Basin.

Rivers flowing into inner part of India[edit]

Alphabetical list[edit]

A - D[edit]

Aarpa, Adyar River, Aganashini, Ahar River, Ajay River, Alaknanda River, Amanat River, Amaravathi River, Arkavati River, Atrai River.

Baitarani River, Balan River, Banas River, Barak River, Barakar River, Beas River, Berach River, Betwa River, Bhadra River, Bhagirathi River, Bharathappuzha, Bhargavi River, Bhavani River, Bhilangna River, Bhima River, Bhugdoi River, Brahmaputra River, Brahmani River, Burhi Gandak River.

Chambal River, Chenab River, Cheyyar River,Chaliya River

Damanganga River, Devi River, Daya River, Damodar River, Dhansiri River

E - H[edit]

Falgu River, Gambhir River, Gandak, Gandhi River, Gomti, Ganges River, Gayathripuzha, Ghaggar River, Ghaghara River, Ghataprabha, Girija River, Girna River, Godavari River, Gomti River, Gunjavni River.

Halali River, Hoogli River, Hindon River.

I - L[edit]

Indus River, Indravati River, Indrayani River.

Jaldhaka, Jhelum River, Jayamangali River At Tumkur District, River Jambhira.

Kabini River, Kadalundi River, Kaagini River, Kali River- Gujarat, Kali River- Karnataka, Kali River- Uttarakhand, Kali River- Uttar Pradesh, Kali Sindh River, Kaliasote River, Karmanasha, Karban River, Uttar Pradesh, Kallada River, Kallayi River Kalpathipuzha, Kameng River, Kanhan River, Kamla Balan Bihar, Kannadipuzha, Karnaphuli River, Kaveri River, Kelna River, Kathajodi River, Odisha, Kelo River Khadakpurna River, Kodoor River, Koel River, Kolab River, Kolar River (Madhya Pradesh), Kolar River (Maharashtra), Kollidam River, Kosi River, Kuakhai River,Odisha, Koyna River, Krishna River, Kundali River, Kaushiga River, Kuwanav River, Ken River karha river, (pune maharashtra)

Lachen River, Lachung River, Lakshmana Tirtha River, Luni River.

M - P[edit]

Mahanadi River, Mahananda River, Mahakali River, Mahi River, Mandovi River, Meenachil River, Meghna River, Mithi River, Mula River, Musi River, Mutha River, Malaprabha, Mani river, Manorama River.

Narmada River, Nethravathi River, Nag River, Nagavali River

Palar River, Pamba River, Pahuj River, Pamba (Kerala), Pallikkal Aaru-Kerala, Panchganga River, Panjnad River, Panzara River, Parambikulam River, Parbati River (Himachal Pradesh), Parbati River (Madhya Pradesh), Parbati River (Rajasthan), Payaswini, Pench River, Penganga River, Penner River, Periyar River, Phalgu, Ponnaiyar River, Pranhita River, Purna River, Pluest River (Poonch J&K), pavana river (pune maharashtra)

Q - T[edit]

Ramganga, Rangeet River, Ravi River, Rihand River, Rukmavati River, Rupnarayan River, Rapti River, Ram Rekha River, Rusikulya River,.

Saryu River, Sai River, Sahibi River, Sarasvati River, Sabarmati River, Sankh River, Shalmala River, Sharavathi River, Shetrunji River, Shimsha River, Shipra River, Sindh River, Sita River, Son River, Souparnika River, South Koel River, Subarnarekha River, Sutlej River, Surya River, Swarna River.

Tansa River, Tapti River, Tawa River, Tista River, Thuthapuzha, Tons River Tunga River, Tungabhadra River, Thamirabarani River, Tedi River, Terna river, Shivna River

U - W[edit]

Vaan River, Vaigai River, Varuna River, Vashishti River, Vedavathi River, Vrishabhavathi River, Vishwamitri River, Vaitarna

Udyavara river, Ulhas River, Ural River Uttara Kaveri River

Wainganga River, Wagh River, Wardha River, Wehashli River,

X - Z[edit]

Unsorted list by Tributary[edit]

See earlier section

See also[edit]


  • Bhalerao, S.M., Bharatiya Sarita Kosh (in Marathi), (Encyclopedia of Indian Rivers)
  • Vol. 1: Scientific Information, pages 1–788 + 16 pages of colour photographs (ISBN 978-81-89959-50-0),
  • Vol. 2: Scientific Information, pages 789-1660 + 16 pages of colour photographs (ISBN 978-81-89959-51-7),
  • Vol. 3: Scientific, Cultural, Historical Information, pages 1661-2468, + 36 pages of colour photographs (ISBN 978-81-89959-52-4)
  • Book of 60 Maps (ISBN 978-81-89959-57-9), Published Nov. 2007, Diamond Publications, 1691 Sadashiv Peth, Shankar

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