Key Facts about Godavari River


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Three youths from Konaseema district, Andhra Pradesh, tragically drowned to death in the Godavari River recently.

About Godavari River:

  • It is India's second-longest river after the Ganga and the third-largest in India, drains about 10% of India's total geographical area. 
  • It is also called `Dakshina Ganga`, which translates into South Ganges River.
  • Course:
    • The origin of the Godavari River is in Brahmagiri Mountain at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik district of Maharashtra. 
    • It runs for a length of about 1,465 kilometers.
    • It finally empties itself into the Bay of Bengal at Narasapuram in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.
    • The river mainstem, travels through three states: Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, while its basin includes Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, parts of Chattisgarh, and Odisha.
  • It has a drainage basin of some 121,000 square miles (313,000 square km)
  • The basin is bounded by the Satmala hills, the Ajanta range, and the Mahadeo hills on the north, by the Eastern Ghats on the south and the east and by the Western Ghats on the west.
  • The Godavari basin receives its maximum rainfall during the Southwest monsoon.

Tributaries: The principal tributaries of the river are the Pravara, the Purna, the Manjra, the Penganga, the Wardha, the Wainganga, the Pranhita (combined flow of Wainganga, Penganga, Wardha), the Indravati, the Maner, and the Sabri.

Q1: Which are the major tributaries of Ganga River?

A large number of tributaries like Alaknanda, Ramganga, Kali, Yamuna, Gomti, Ghagra, Gandak, Kosi and Son, draining 11 states of the country join River Ganga at different confluence points during its journey.

Source: Three drowned in Godavari