Vashishti River

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Vaishishti River in Chiplun

River Vashishti is one of the larger rivers in the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, India. The river begins in the Western Ghats and snakes its way westwards towards the Arabian Sea. Kolkewadi Dam near Alore has a vast reservoir, which feeds a tributary of the river.

History and settlements[edit]

The town of Chiplun lies on its banks. During the 2005 Maharashtra floods, the river swelled its banks, causing many of the city's residents to evacuate it.


View of Vashishti River from the Konkan Railway near Chiplun

The river has many riverine islands. Mugger crocodiles[1][2] are known to inhabit the waters.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Da Silva, A. and Lenin, J. (2010). "Mugger Crocodile Crocodylus palustris, pp. 94–98 in S.C. Manolis and C. Stevenson (eds.) Crocodiles. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. 3rd edition, Crocodile Specialist Group: Darwin.
  2. ^ Hiremath, K.G. Recent advances in environmental science. Discovery Publishing House, 2003. ISBN 81-7141-679-9. 
  3. ^ Mahar page at

Coordinates: 17°35′N 73°10′E / 17.583°N 73.167°E / 17.583; 73.167