Praised as South India’s greatest river, Kāvērī is known for its traditional sanctity, fertile agricultural lands, dynastic temples on its banks, and its religious status. It has nurtured a rich tradition of music, art, literature, and architecture .
The Demography of Kāvērī
The primary source of the river Kāvērī is at Talakāvērī in the Kodagu District of Karnataka. The river which emerges as a spring in Talakāvērī flows southeast through the States of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala . The river with a catchment area of 72,000 km2 generates ten tributary rivers: Hemavati, Shimsha, Honnuhole, Arkavathy, Kabini, Lakshmana Tirtha, Lokapavani, Bhavai, Amaravati, and Noyyal, running to a span of about 765 km . Of the Kāvērī river basin, 41.2% is in Karnataka, 55.5% in Tamil Nadu, and 3.3% in Kerala . There are about six big dams and numerous canals built on the river to control the flow of the water for irrigation and industrial purposes. The first dam to be...
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