The holiest river Ganga has the largest river basin in India, followed by river Godavari that originates from Trimbakeshwar and discharging into the Bay of Bengal.
Ganges River Basin
The Ganga river is the most sacred river of India and the Ganges basin is most fertile for agricultural economies of India along with its tributaries and also for fishing opportunities.
Ghaghara is the largest tributary of the river Ganges by water volume and second-longest tributary by a length after the Yamuna, Yamuna is the second largest tributary river of the Ganges.
Godavari River Basin
The Godavari is second longest river of India with 1,465 km after the Ganga river and forms one of the largest river basins in India and also the largest river basin in peninsular India.
Brahmaputra River Basin
Brahmaputra river is a trans-boundary river, important for irrigation and transportation in Assam. The river is sacred to Hindus and the only river in India with a rare male name, Brahmaputra.
Krishna River Basin
Krishna River is the fourth-biggest river of India in terms of water inflows and also in terms of a river basin, Tungabhadra is the largest tributary of the Krishna river.
Indus River Basin
Indus River Basin runs through the Ladakh region and has one of the largest drainage areas in the world and also one of the largest rivers in terms of annual flow.
Mahanadi River Basin
Mahanadi river flows through Chhattisgarh and Odisha in East Central India with a course of 858 kilometres and drains area of around 141,600 square kilometres.
Narmada River Basin
Narmada river rises from Amarkantak and one of the known longest west flowing river of India, flowing between the Satpura and Vindhya ranges.
Kaveri River Basin
Kaveri or Cauvery river originating from Western Ghats and flowing through the Karnataka and Tamilnadu state of South India. Cauvery basin covers three states with many tributaries and estimated basin to be 81,155 square kilometres.
Tapi River Basin
Tapti river is another westwards flowing river of India, between the Godavari and Narmada rivers. The river Tapti worshiped in Multai, rises in Satpura range and draining through the Gulf of Khambhat into Arabian Sea.
Penna River Basin
The Penna river rises in Nandi Hills and empty into the Bay of Bengal with a drainage basin of 55,213 km2. The river Penna passes through several mountains and plains, Gandikota grand canyon of Andhra Pradesh is the most popular place on the bank of the Penna river.