Major Rivers of India

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90 percent of India’s rivers discharge their water into the Bay of Bengal and reset in the Arabian Sea. So, let’s see some Major Rivers Of India.

The drainage systems flowing into the Arabian and the Bay of Bengal are separated by a water divide extending approximately along the Western Ghats, Aravalli, and Yamuna Sutlej divide.

Let’s see how many Name, Source, and fall into.

S. NoNameOriginates formFalls Into
1.GangesCombined SourcesBay of Bengal
2.SutlejMansarovar Rakas LakesCheneb
3.IndusNear Mansarover LakeArabian
4.RaviKull Hills near Rohtang PassChenab
5.BeasNear Rohit PassSulitej
6.JhelumVerinag in KashmirChenab
8.ChambalSingar Chouri Peak, Vindhyan escarpmentYamuna
9.GhagharaMastsatung GlacierGanga
10.KosiNear Gosain Dham PeakGanga
13.BrahmaputraNear Mansarovar LakeBay of Bengal
14.NarmadaAmarkantakGulf of Khambat
15.TapitBrtul District in Madhya PradeshGulf of Khambat
16.MahanadiRaipur District in ChhattissgarhBay of Bengal
17.LuniAravalliRann of Kachchh
18.GhaggarHimalayasNear Fatehabad
19.SabarmtiMewar hill, AravallisGulf of Khambat
20KrishnaWestern GhatsBay of Bengal
21.GodavariNasik district in MaharashtraBay of Bengal
22.CauveriBrahmagir Range of Western GhatsBay of Bengal
23.TungabhadraWestern GhatsKrishna

Some Facts about Major Rivers:

  • Second Largest of Ganga’s southern tributaries Gandak – 652 kilometres (405 mi) Starts from Nepal Kosi – 625 kilometres (388 mi) Starts from Nepal Brahmaputra – 3,969 kilometres (2,466 mi) Merges with Ganga to form the grand river (but short in length) – Padma in Bangladesh.
  • All major rivers of India originate from one of the following main watersheds: Aravalli range Himalaya and Karakoram ranges Sahyadri or Western Ghats in western India Vindhya and Satpura ranges and Chotanagpur plateau in central India Himalayan glaciers in the Indian subcontinent are broadly divided into the three river basins, namely the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra.
  • By now, flow velocity of both rivers slow down to considerable extent as they are in plains now.
  • The Indus is 3,249 kilometres (2,019 mi) long.
  • The rivers also have an important role in Hindu Religion and are considered holy by many Hindus in the country. Seven major rivers along with their numerous tributaries make up the river system of India.
  • The rivers in India play an important role in the lives of the people.


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