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The Tapti and the Godavari

The Tapti River is a river in central India. It is one of the major peninsular rivers with a length of around 724 km. It is one of the three rivers that runs from East to west.

The river rises in the Eastern Satpura Range of Southern Madhya Pradesh state, and flows westward.

It drains 

(i) Madhya Pradesh's Nimar region


(ii) Maharashtra's Kandesh

(iii) the east Vidarbha regions of the Deccan Plateau

(iv) South Gujarat

It empties into the Gulf of Cambay of the Arabian Sea, in the State of Gujarat.

The Western Ghats or Sahyadri range starts south of the Tapti River near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The Tapi flows parallel to the Narmada and is shorter than the Narmada.

The Tapi basin covers parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Total basin area of Tapti is 65145 km².

The Godavari Basin



The Godavari


The Godavari is the largest of the Peninsular rivers. It originates from the slopes of the Western Ghats in the Nasik district of Maharashtra.

It flows eastwardly across the Deccan Plateau between the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

The river turns to flow in a southeast direction and empties into the Bay of Bengal.

The course of the Godavari river covers 1,465 km.

The tributaries of the Godavari are:-

(i) The Purna

(ii) The Wardha

(iii) The Pranhita

(iv) The Manjra

(v) The Wainganga 

(vi) The Penganga

The Godavari River has a drainage area of 313,000 sq. km in seven states- Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhyapradesh, Chattisgarh and Orissa.

The Godavari River is known as ‘Dakshin Ganga’ or Ganga of the South.

The River is sacred to the Hindus and has several pilgrimage centers on its banks.

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