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Indravati River

For river with same name in Nepal, see Indravati River, Nepal.
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Indravati River (Hindi: इंद्रावती नदी, Marathi: इन्द्रावती,Template:Lang-or, Telugu: ఇంద్రావతి నది) is a tributary of the Godavari River, in central India.

It originates from the Eastern Ghats of Dandakaranya range in Kalahandi district and flows through Nabarangapur District, in a westerly direction; enters into Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh state. This is the largest river for Nabarangapur. It further traverses in the westerly direction and thereafter in southern direction before finally meeting Godavari River at the border of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The river during its course forms the boundary between the states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh at various places.

The Indravati is sometimes known as the "lifeline" of the Kalahandi, Nabarangapur, of Odisha & Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, one of the greenest districts in India.

Most of the river course is through dense forests of Nabarangapur & Bastar. The river flows for Script error: No such module "convert". and has a drainage area of Script error: No such module "convert"..

Source and flow

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Indravati and Sabari are interconnected naturally in Odisha area. Indravati waters overflow into the Sabari through Jaura nallah during floods.


The major tributaries of river Indravati[2] are Keshadhara Nalla, Kandabindha Nallah, Chandragiri Nalla, Golagar Nalla, Poragarh Nalla, Kapur Nallah, Muran River, Bangiri Nallah, Telengi Nallah, Parlijori Nallah, Turi Nallah, Chourijori Nallah, Damayanti Sayarh, Kora river, Modang river, Padrikundijori river, Jaura river and Bhaskel river.

The important right bank tributaries of the Indravati are Bhaskal, Narangi, Boarding, Nibra, Kotri and Bandia. The important left bank tributary is Nandiraj.

Dam proposals

A total of five hydroelectric projects (Kutru I, Kutru II, Nugur I, Nugur II and Bhopalpatnam) were planned on the stretch of Indravati River at various points in time. But none could see the light of the day due to ecological concerns raised in various fora.

Water sharing

According to Interstate Agreement as per Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal (GWDT) Report, the State of Odisha has to ensure Script error: No such module "convert". (45 TMC) of water at the Odisha–Chhattisgarh border.[3]


The Chitrakoot Falls are located Script error: No such module "convert". from Jagdalpur, in Chhattisgarh.

Wildlife parks

Indravati National Park and Tiger Reserves are located in the adjoining region of Chhattisgarh state.

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Coordinates: 18°44′N 80°16′E / 18.733°N 80.267°E / 18.733; 80.267{{#coordinates:18|44|N|80|16|E|region:IN_type:river_source:GNS-enwiki|| |primary |name= }}

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