Feb 8, 2014

journey of a river - Malaprabha

Malaprabha is an important river in northern Karnataka; it is a tributary of river Krishna. Malaprabha originates at Kanakumbi village of Belgaum district; flows 300 kms eastwards and merges with river Krishna at Kudala Sangama in Bagalkot district. Kanakumbi is situated at an altitude of 792 meters in Western Ghats and Kudala Sangama at 488 meters. Shri Mauli Devi temple marks the birthplace of Malaprabha at Kanakumbi; the place has a long history going back to prehistoric times and its a pilgrimage center.

Malaprabha's main tributaries are Bennihalla, Hirehalla and Tuprihalla - all these streams originate in Dharwad district. Malaprabha flows through a gorge near Saundatti and Munvalli villages in Belgaum district. A dam has been built across Malaprabha at Naviltheerth gorge and the reservoir is called Renukasagar. The reservoir's catchment area is approximately 11500 square kilometers. Renuka Sagar is the main source of water for Dharwad city. Water is also supplied to agricultural lands.


Along the path of Malaprabha are several places of historical and religious importance, some are listed below. Few places are not exactly on the river bank but in the vicinity.

A folk-song about Malaprabha-


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5 comments:

Aravind GJ said...

Useful list. Thanks for sharing!!

Pushpa said...

Very useful information about flow of river and places nearby .... thank you for sharing sir.

Manjula Umesh said...

Nice concept, marking the journey of a river - Malaprbha. May be thats why its said that there is lot to learn from river,at last it will reach its destination touching the lives come across & still maintains to move on.

siddeshwar said...

Thank you Aravind, Pushpa and Manjula.

Badarish said...

Very useful info.Thanks.