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Rivers & Lakes

Almost all the rivers in the state of Karnataka have more than one purpose. Apart from being the sole source of drinking water for their respective areas, these rivers also help the local and neighbouring farmers with respect to irrigation and other facilities, help in setting up power plants through which they help in generating the power/electricity. The State Government and various power corporations have collaborated with each other to set up power plants, in order to develop the overall infrastructure of the state.

Beautiful dams are constructed across most of these rivers and they serve as huge tourist attractions. At times, these places also prove to be a delight for ornithologists as they serve as abodes for migratory birds that come here in plenty during particular seasons. Quite a few parks have also been set up near these dams. You can come here with your friends and family and have a wonderful time amidst the splash of the waters.

Famous Rivers in Karnataka

There are close to 9 big and small rivers in Karnataka. They are Cauvery, Tungabadhra, Krishna, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Bhima, Hemavati, Kabini and Sharavati Rivers. However, only some of the major rivers of these are explained herewith.

Cauvery River

The importance of this river can be understood from the fact that it is nicknamed as “Dakshin Ganga” or the “Ganges of the South”. It is one of the most respected and holy rivers in the country. This river starts from the beautiful hill station of Coorg, from a place called Thalakaveri. The total length of the river is around 765km and it finally flows into the Bay of Bengal. This river benefits the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu as well.

Tungabadhra River

This is one of the most important tributaries of the famous Krishna River. This river is found at a strategic location where the rivers of Tunga and Badhra rivers intersect each other.  This river eventually joins the Krishna River in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh.

Kabini River

One of the main branches of the Cauvery River, the Kabini River runs to a length of 230km. This is located at the junction of two important rivers – Panamaram and Mananthavady. Though this river starts from the Wayanad district of Kerala, it eventually joins the Cauvery River in the state of Tamil Nadu. Thus, it is needless to say that these rivers are perfect examples of national integration.

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