Longest River in India: Complete List of Top 10 Longest Rivers in India

Longest River in India: India is a land of many rivers, and it is famous for numerous rivers flowing across the country.  The rivers in India have been divided into two namely Himalayan Rivers (rivers that originate from the Himalayas) and Peninsular Rivers ( rivers that originate in the Peninsula). Rivers in India plays a very vital role in economic development of the country. Most of the Indian rivers flow eastwards and drain into the Bay of Bengal but there are only three rivers in India that run from east to the west Narmada, Mahi, and Tapti River.

Longest Rivers in India: Length

You can find below Complete list of top 10 longest rivers in India:

Sr. No. River Length in India (km) Total Length (km)
1. Ganga 2525 2525
2. Godavari 1464 1465
3. Yamuna 1376 1376
4. Narmada 1312 1312
5. Krishna 1300 1300
6. Indus 1114 3180
7. Brahmaputra 916 2900
8. Mahanadi 890 890
9. Kaveri 800 800
10. Tapti 724 724

Longest River In India: Ganges: 2525 Km

The Ganges popularly known as the Ganga is the longest river in India. It is 2525 Km long and is also the sacred river of India. Its origin is the Gangotri Glacier in Uttarakhand and it starts at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers in Devprayag, Uttarakhand.The states that are covered by this water body are Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The last part of Ganges ends in Bangladesh, where it finally converges in the Bay of Bengal. Some of the primary tributaries of the Ganga are the Yamuna, Son, Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandak, and Koshi.

Godavari River: 1464 Km

After the river Ganga, the second longest river is Godavari. It is 1464 km long. It is commonly known as South Ganga or Dakshin Ganga.It begins from Trimbakeshwar, Nasik in Maharashtra and traverses via Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, after which it finally meets with the Bay of Bengal.The major tributaries of the river can be classified as the left bank tributaries which include the Purna, Pranhita, Indravati and Sabari River. 

Yamuna River: 1376 Km

The third longest river in India is Yamuna River. It originated from the Yamunotri glacier at the Bandarpoonch peak in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is the longest tributary of River Ganges and it does not directly fall into the sea. The length of the river is 1376 km. The major tributaries of river Yamuna are Hindon, Sharda, Giri, Rishiganga, Hanuman Ganga, Sasur, Chambal, Betwa, Ken, Sindh and Tons. The major states through which the river flows are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Narmada River: 1312 Km

The Narmada River, also called the Rewa and previously also known as Nerbudda. The length of the narmada river is 1312 Km.  It is also known as the “Life Line of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat” for its huge contribution to the state of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. 

Krishna River: 1300 Km

It originates in Mahabaleshwar and then enters the Bay of Bengal after flowing through these states. The length of this river is 1300 KM Bhima, Panchganga, Dudhaganga, Ghataprabha, Tungabhadra and its main cities by the banks are Sangli and Vijayawada are the main tributaries of Krishna River. 

Indus River: 1114 Km

It is the sixth longest river, with a total length of 3180 KM and in India the lenght of the Indus river is 1114 KM. It begins from the Mansarovar Lake and then crosses Ladakh, Gilgit, and Baltistan.Its main tributaries include Jansker, Soan, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej and Beas. Major Cities located on the banks of Indus are: Leh, and Skardu. 

Brahmaputra River: 916 Km

It  originates from Angsi Glacier near Mansarovar ranges. The length of this river in India is 916 KM, and the total length is 2900 km. It is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo River in China and then it enters into India via Arunachal Pradesh.

Mahanadi River: 890 Km

It originates in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh. The Mahanadi was infamous for its staggering floods for a lot of written history, and was called the distress of Odisha’.Seonath, Mand, Ib, Hasdeo, Ong, parry river, Jonk, Telen, are the major tributaries of the river.

Kaveri River: 800 Km

It is the sacred river of southern India. It rises in Brahmagiri Hill of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, flows in a southeasterly direction through the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and descends the Eastern Ghats. The length of the river is 800 KM.

Tapti River: 724 Km

This river originates in Peninsular India and that runs from east to west. It rises in the Betul district (Satpura Range) and drains off into the Gulf of Khambhat (Arabian Sea). It runs through Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat and has six tributaries. The tributary rivers of Tapti river are Purna River, Girna River, Gomai, Panzara, Pedhi and Arna. The length of the river is 724 KM.

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