River Map of India | Major Indian Rivers Map

River Map of India | Major Indian Rivers Map

India is a land of Rivers and Rivers play an important role in the development of the country. The Rivers of India can be classified as Himalayan, peninsular, coastal, and inland-drainage basin rivers. Many of the Indian Rivers are considered holy and are of significant importance in the life of Indian People. Rivers like The Ganges (Ganga), Brahmaputra, Yamuna are the most famous Indian Rivers.

Most of the Indian rivers flow eastwards and drain into the Bay of Bengal but there are only three rivers in India that run from east to the west Narmada, Mahi, and Tapti River. This information about the rivers is given to help you understand the River Map of India better.


The Himalayan Rivers, as the name, suggests originate from the Himalayas and flow through the Northern Plains.

The Major Himalayan River systems are:

  • The Indus River System,
  • The Ganga River System
  • The Yamuna River System
  • The Brahmaputra River System

Peninsular River System or Peninsular Drainage emerges mainly from the Western Ghats.

The Major Peninsular River Systems are:

  • Mahanadi
  • Godavari
  • Krishna
  • Cauvery

Longest River In India

Indus River

Length (Km): 2900

Origin (Source): Originates in the northern slopes of the Kailash range in Tibet near Lake Manasarovar.

Tributaries: (Left tributaries-Zanskar River, Suru River, Soan River, Jhelum River, Chenab River, Ravi River, Beas River, Sutlej River, Panjnad River, Ghaggar-Hakra River, Luni River) (Right tributaries-Shyok River, Hunza River, Gilgit River, Swat River, Kunar River, Kabul River, Kurram River, Gomal River, Zhob River).

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The river systems in India provide irrigation, potable water, cheap transportation, electricity, and livelihoods for a large number of people all over the country. The River Map of India shows the River network in India. Rivers of India and its course are shown in the Major Indian Rivers Map given. Seven major rivers along with their numerous tributaries make up the river system of India. The largest basin system of the rivers pour their waters into the Bay of Bengal; however, some of the rivers whose courses take them through the western part of the country and towards the east of the state of Himachal Pradesh empty into the Arabian Sea. Parts of Ladakh, northern parts of the Aravalli range and the arid parts of the Thar Desert have inland drainage.

Some Major Rivers In India

Some Major Rivers In India

1. Ganga

Ganga is the most sacred river to Hindus and is worshipped as a goddess Ganga. Ironically, it is one of the highest polluted rivers too. Not only humans but a range of water species are also on a threat. The Godavari is the second-longest river in India after the river Ganga and also forms one of the largest river basins in India.

2. Indus River

This gave rise to the largest ancient human civilizations, Indus valley civilization and holds a great historical value. Also, the word India has been derived from Indus. Pakistan has 93 percent, India has five percent, and China has a two percent share of this river. India is a Greek and Latin term for the country of the river Indus.

3. Yamuna

The Yamuna sometimes called Jamuna originates from the Yamunotri Glacier in the uppermost region of the Lower Himalayas. The Yamuna creates natural state borders between the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, is the largest tributary river of the Ganges.

4. Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra is an important river for irrigation and transportation also known as Life Line of Assam, originates on the Angsi Glacier. The Brahmaputra enters India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh then enters the state of Assam and forms Majuli, the biggest river island in the world.

5. Mahanadi

The word Mahanadi is a compound of the Sanskrit words maha ("great") and Nadi. It is the major river in Chattisgarh and Odisha. Water is mainly used for irrigation and drinking purposes. Also known as The Ruin of Orrisa. (Devastating flood over the years but before the construction of HIRAKUND DAM).