Which river in known as ‘Dakshin Ganga’? Write about it.
The river Godavari because of its length and the area it covers is known as Dakshin Ganga’. It can be described in the following ways:
- The Godavari is the largest Peninsular river. Its length is about 1500 km.
- It rises from the slopes of the Western Ghats in the Nashik district of Maharashtra and drains in to the Bay of Bengal.
- Its drainage basis is largest among the Peninsular rivers, covering parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
- It has number of tributaries, viz, Puma, Wardha, Pranhita, Manjira, Wainganga and Penganga. Manjira, Wainganga and Penganga are very large tributaries.
- The Godavari plays an important role in irrigation, navigation and hydropower generation.