Rivers are a major source of water to the various regions. They provide water for drinking and irrigation. They also allow travellers to indulge in boat riding and fishing as well. There are many rivers in Kerala which adds to the beauty of this state. Here is a guide to the seven beautiful rivers of Kerala.
The river Periyar flows at a stretch of 229 kms through the town ofAluvaand is one of the largest rivers of Kerala. Periyar that flows through Tamil Nadu and Kerala has majorly influenced the lives, customs and traditions of the inhabitants of these states. With its long of stretch of smooth clean bank adorned with palm, coconut trees and a lot of temples, mosques and churches, the river is a major attraction for the tourists. There are many small scale industries on the bank of this river. Still, it has managed to stay away from the hustle bustle of the city and retains its charm and calmness .The calm and serene ambiance makes the river a favourite spot for any traveller who loves nature for its pure beauty. The tributaries of this river are Muthirapuzha, Mullayar, Cheruthoni, Perinjankutti and Edamala.
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Bharathapuzhaalso known as theRiver Nila is the second-longest river in Kerala after thePeriyar River. The waters of the river originates in theAnaimalai Hillsin theWestern Ghats and flows westward across Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram districts. The river is not navigable along most of its course except the small stretch where it joins the sea.
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ThePamba River is the third longest river in Kerala and is the longest river in the erstwhile princely state ofTravancore.The Sabarimalatemple dedicated toLord Ayyappais located on the banks of this river. The Pamba originates at Pulachimalai hill in the Peerumeduplateauin theWestern Ghatsat an altitude of 1,650 mt and flows through Ranni, Kozhenchery, Tiruvalla, Chengannur,Kuttanad,Karthikapally and Ambalappuzhataluks before emptying into the Vembanad Lake. Devotees heading to Sabarimala stop at the banks of this river and take a dip in its waters before starting the climb uphill. It is believed that a dip in this river cleanses your sin and soul and prepares you to meet the lord.
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Chaliyaris the fourth longest river inKerala and is also known as Chulika River or Beypore River. The river meets the Lakshadweep Seaat an estuary, the southern part of which is known asChaliyamand northern part as Beypore. It is one of the rivers which doesn't get dried up in the drought season.
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Chalakudy Riveris the fourth longest river inKerala and flows throughPalakkad, ThrissurandErnakulam districtof Kerala. The river though has its origin in theAnamalairegion ofTamil Nadu and is actually a collection of some major tributaries originating from Parambikulam, Kuriyarkutti, Sholayar, Karapara and Anakayam. The famous Athirappilly Falls andVazhachal Falls are situated on this river.
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Manimala Riverhas its origin on the Muthavara Hills on the Western Ghats, in Idukki district of Kerala. The river passes through the districts ofKottayam, Pathanamthittaand finally joins thePamba Riverat Muttarnear Tiruvalla.Its running length is estimated at 92 km and empties itself into theVembanad Lake. Manimala River has been an important water way of Central Travancore. Rising in the hills of Kottayam-Idukki ranges, running westward, the river joins the plains and then flows through the Kuttanadrice bowlarea. Sand-mining on the river bed has led to depletion of the water ways of the river.
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ThePerumba Riveris a major freshwaterriver inthe Malabarregion ofKerala.This river is known to flow through some of the best scenic spots of the state. Travellers coming here can head to these places with their family for a picnic.
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