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Important Rivers Of India With Their Origins

Important Rivers Of India With Their Origins


In this article or blog post explains the major rivers of India. You do not have to be a geography expert to clear UPSC Civil Services Examination. So, What you need is an informed opinion about these geographic issues to crack the Civil Services Prelims very easily as well as Mains examination. As an IAS officer, you are going to be a generalist and not a specialist for this chapter. Main important thing for upsc preparation and IBPS Bank exam preparation is ‘Awareness’.


Name of Rivers

Running States





Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal

 2,525 K.M.

Gangotri Glacier (Bhagirathi), Uttarakhand

Bay of Bengal


Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana

1,376 K.M.

Yamunotri Glacier, Uttarakhand

Merges with Ganga at Allahabad


Assam, Arunachal,Tibet

2,900 K.M.

Angsi Glacier in Himalayas in  Tibet, but enters India in Arunachal Pradesh

Merges with Ganga and ends in Bay of Bengal


Chhattisgarh, Odisha

858 K.M.

Sihawa mountain of Chhatisgarh

Bay of Bengal


Maharashtra, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry

1,465 K.M.

Starts in Maharashtra

Ends in Bay of Bengal


Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

1,400 K.M.

Originates in the Western Ghats near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra

Ends in Bay of Bengal near Andhra Pradesh


Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat

1,315 K.M.

Starts from Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Drains into Arabian sea via Gulf of Cambay


Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat

724 K.M.

Rises in Eastern Satpura Ranges, Madhya Pradesh

Ends into Gulf of Khambat, Gujarat



900 K.M.

Tributary of Ganga, starting at Gomat Taal, UP

Joins Ganga in Varanasi



320 K.M.

Nepal; Ganges tributary at Indo-Nepal border

Joins Ganga near Patna



720 K.M.

Starts from Bihar near Indo-Nepal border

Joins Ganga near Katihar district of Bihar


Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar

784 K.M.

Tributary of Ganga, starting at Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Joins Ganga just above Patna


Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh

590 K.M.



Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

960 K.M.




1,500 K.M.

Tributary of Indus river, originates at Rakshastal, Tibet

Meets Beas river in Pakistan and ends at Arabian sea


Himachal, Panjab

720 K.M.

Starts from Bara Bhangal, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh

Joins Chenab in Pakistan


Himachal, Panjab

470 K.M.

Rises at Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh

Joins Sutlej river in Punjab


Himachal, Panjab

960 K.M.




725 K.M.

Tributary of Chenub river, Punjab

Merges with Chenab at Jhang (Pakistan)


Tamil Nadu

765 K.M.

Talakaveri in Western Ghats in Karnataka

Ends in Bay of Bengal



858 K.M.

Sihawa mountain of Chhatisgarh

Bay of Bengal


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