Write the Rivers of Northern and Southern India

By Ruchika|Updated : September 5th, 2022

India has many rivers that are crucial to various functions of every day in India. The Indian rivers are divided into northern rivers and southern rivers. The northern rivers include Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra along with their respective tributaries. The southern rivers are Tapi, Mahanadi, Krishan, Godavari, Narmada and Kaveri along with their respective tributaries.

Rivers of Northern and Southern India

Rivers of northern India are Indus with its tributaries that are Ravi, Chenab, Beas, Jhelum and Sutlej. Ganga with Yamuna, Gandak, Ram Ganga, Gharghara, Kosi, Ram Ganga, Mahanana and Chambal. Also, Brahmaputra with tribunaries like Tista, Manas, Subarnasri, etc.

The major rivers of southern India that have tributaries are Godavari, Kaveri, Tapi, Mahanadi, Krishan, Godavari and Narmada.

Difference between Northern and Southern Rivers

  1. Northern rivers are formed from ice and rain. They are part of the Himalayan river system and are perennial. The southern rivers, however, are mostly rainfed and end in peninsular region.
  2. Northern rivers experience drastic changes in their course whereas southern rivers are stable. Similarly, their drain areas share the same characteristics as well.
  3. Southern rivers are considered to be older than the northern rivers.
  4. Southern rivers have a faster course to seas as compared to the northern rivers.

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  • Northern rivers include Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra and their respective tributaries. Southern rivers include Tapi, Mahanadi, Krishan, Godavari, Narmada and Kaveri and their tributaries.

  • The northern rivers are glacier-fed as well as rain-fed whereas as southern rivers are only rain-fed. Also, northern rivers are considered younger than the southern rivers.

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