List of Top 10 Rivers in India

The rivers in India are considered holy places, and a sign of religious significance, and play an important role for indigenous people in diverse ways and a part of every Indian life. Every region of India is studded with several major rivers. The river is treated as a natural waterway of freshwater flowing into remarked as an ocean, sea, lake or rivers.

The Indus River is the longest river of India, total length of the Indus from its source (Tibetan Plateau) is 3200 km.

Here India Visit Online listed only top 10 rivers in India to see what it means for a common man of India. Check these sacred rivers in India to gain an insight of Indian spirituality. Several of these rivers of India also offer a bright range of adventure activities.

1. Indus River

The Indus River (Sindhu River), one of the longest rivers in Asia.

Length: 3,200 km
Discharge: 6,600 m³/s
Sources: Sênggê Zangbo, Tibetan Plateau, Gar River
Mouths: Arabian Sea, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Countries: India, China, Pakistan
Cities: Karachi, Peshawar, Gilgit, Rawalpindi, Mithankot, Thatta, Jamshoro, Attock
Islands: Bukkur

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Indus River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

2. The Ganges River

The Ganga river, well known and declared as the National River of India.

Length: 2,525 km
Discharge: 12,020 m³/s
Mouth: Bay of Bengal
Sources: Nanda Kot, Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Trisul, Satopanth Glacier, Gangotri Glacier, Kamet
Cities: Varanasi, Haridwar, Allahabad, Kolkata, Kanpur, Patna, Ghazipur
Bridges: Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Vidyasagar Setu

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The Ganges River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

3. Godavari River

The Godavari river, one of the sacred rivers of central India, near Nasik in Maharashtra.

Length: 1,465 km
Basin area: 312,812 km²
Source: Brahmagiri Mountain
Country: India
Cities: Rajahmundry
Bridges: Godavari Bridge, Godavari Arch Bridge

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Godavari River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

4. Krishna River

The Krishna River, one of the longest rivers in central-southern India, rises in the Western Ghats near Mahabaleshwar.

Length: 1,400 km
Source: Mahabaleshwar
Country: India
Bridges: Penumudi–Puligadda Bridge
Mouths: Hamsaladeevi, Bay of Bengal
Islands: Bhavani Island, Vijayawada
Cities: Vijayawada, Hamsaladeevi, Sangli

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Krishna River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

5. Yamuna River

The Yamuna river, which is the lifeline of Delhi, also called Jumna, the major river in northern India.

Length: 1,376 km
Basin area: 366,223 km²
Mouth: Triveni Sangam
Country: India
Sources: Yamunotri, Champasar Glacier
Cities: Agra, Allahabad, Mathura, Yamuna Nagar, Noida, Delhi, Etawah, Baghpat, Firozabad, Kalpi, Hamirpur
Bridges: New Yamuna Bridge, Allahabad

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Yamuna River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

6. Narmada River

The Narmada river, which originates from the Amarkantak hill in Madhya Pradesh in central India and the 5th longest river in the Indian subcontinent.

Length: 1,312 km
Basin area: 98,796 km²
Source: Amarkantak
Mouth: Gulf of Khambhat
Country: India
Cities: Jabalpur, Vadodara
Bridges: Golden Bridge

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Narmada River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

7. Mahanadi River

The Mahanadi River, one of the important rivers of Chhattisgarh State in East Central India.

Length: 858 km
Discharge: 2,119 m³/s
Basin area: 141,600 km²
Source: Sihawa
Country: India
Bridges: Second Mahanadi Rail Bridge
Cities: Cuttack, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Odisha, Boudh, Subalaya, Birmaharajpur

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Mahanadi River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

8. Kaveri River

The Great Kaveri River, also written Cauvery in English, rises in the Western Ghats and flows in south and east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Length: 765 km
Basin area: 72,000 km²
Source elevation: 1,276 m
Source: Western Ghats
Country: India
Cities: Tiruchirappalli, Talakaveri, Thanjavur, Srirangapatna
Bridges: Cauvery Bridge

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Kaveri River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

9. Brahmaputra River

The Brahmaputra River (also named in Bengali: Jamuna, in Tibetan: Tsangpo, in Chinese: Yarlung Zangbo Jiang), one of the major rivers of the Asian region.

Length: 2,900 km
Discharge: 19,300 m³/s
Source: Himalayas
Mouth: Bay of Bengal
Bridges: Naranarayan Setu, Dhola-Sadia bridge
Countries: India, Bangladesh, China
Cities: Guwahati
Bridges: Saraighat Bridge

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Brahmaputra River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

10. Tapti River

The Tapti River, also spelled Tapi river in central India, rises in the Gawilgarh Hills near Multani in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh state.

Length: 724 km
Basin area: 65,145 km²
Source: Satpura Range
Mouth: Gulf of Khambhat
Country: India
Cities: Surat, Burhanpur, Bhusawal, Jalgaon

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Tapti River. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons : CC BY 2.0

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