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Chandragiri River
പയസ്വിനി നദി
A View of Chandragiri river from Pulikunnu, Kasaragod Town
EtymologyChandragupta Maurya
Native namePayaswini
StateKarnataka, Kerala
DistrictCoorg, Dakshina Kannada, Kasaragod
CitiesSullia, Jalsoor, Cherkala , Kasaragod
Physical characteristics
SourcePatti ghat Forest Hills, Karnataka
 ⁃ locationKodagu, India
 ⁃ location
Arabian Sea near Thalangara, Kasaragod, India
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length105 km (65 mi)
 ⁃ locationmouth

Payaswini in(Tulu :ಪಯಸ್ವಿನಿ and Malayalam :പയസ്വിനി) also known by the name Chandragiri, is the largest river in Kasaragod district, state of Kerala, India. It was named after the great Mauryan king Chandragupta Maurya. It is believed that he visited the river on his way to Shravanabelagola.[citation needed]

The 17th century Chandragiri fort is on the river.

This river is considered as the traditional boundary between the Tulu Nadu and Malayalam regions of Kerala from the fourteenth century AD onwards; before that it was north of Kumbala. The river originates in the Patti Ghat hills in a reserve forest of the Coorg district, state of Karnataka. It flows through many towns like Sullia, Jalsoor, Parappa, Cherkala and it finally reaches to Kasargod town where it joins into the Arabian Sea. In Sullia taluk, it is the major water source for domestic and agricultural purposes.