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Malaprabha River

Malaprabha River


The Malaprabha River is a tributary river of the Krishna River and flows through the state of Karnataka in India. It rises in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 792.4 meters in the Sahyadri hillrange in the state's Belgaum district.This part of the Western Ghats is located in the west of Jamboti village at a distance of sixteen kilometers in Khanapur taluk in the Belgaum district of Karnataka After flowing in the east and then in the northeast direction, the river finally joins the Krishna River at Kudala Sangama in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It flows for a distance of 304 km and joins the Krishna river at an altitude of 488 meters near Kudal Sangam in Bagalkot district in Karnataka It also flows through Dharwar District. Hubli city gets the drinking water from this reservoir.Its catchment area is 11549 square kilometers.

Tributaries: Bennihalla, Hirehalla and Tuparihalla are the major tributaries to Malaprabha.

Reservoir: The Navilateertha Dam (Navil in Kannada means peacock) is constructed near Munavalli in Belgaum District with a storage capacity of 1.07 km3. It irrigates more than 2,000 square kilometres of land. This reservoir is called Renukasagar.

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Address:It rises in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 792 m in the state's Belgaum district.
District:Belgaum district
Nearest City:Hubli
Best time to visit: Best time to visit is between low humid season from November and March.


☀ Summer - March to June
☀ Spring - Jan to March
☀ Monsoons - July to October that contributes to rainfall
☀ Winter - November to Jan
The temperature ranges from minimum 23 degrees to 45 degrees during summer and from 15 to 29 degrees in winter. The rainfall of the area is 50 centimeters.


Belgaum is the Divisional Head quarter of North Karnataka The ancient name of the town of Belgaum was Venugrama, meaning Bamboo Village. It is also called as Malnad Pradesh.The most ancient place in the district is Halsi; and this, according to inscriptions on copper plates discovered in its neighborhood, was once the capital of a dynasty of nine Kadamba kings. It appears that from the middle of the 6th century to about 760 the area was held by the Chalukyas, who were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas. After the break-up of the Rashtrakuta power a portion of it survived in the Rattas (875-1250), who from 1210 onward made Venugrama their capital. Inscriptions give evidence of a long struggle between the Rattas and the Kadambas of Goa, who succeeded in the latter years of the 12th century in acquiring and holding part of the district. By 1208, however, the Kadambas had been overthrown by the Rattas, who in their turn succumbed to the Yadavas of Devagiri in 1250. After the overthrow of the Yadavas by the Delhi Sultanate (1320), Belgaum was for a short time under the rule of the latter; but only a few years later the part south of the Ghataprabha River was subject to the Hindu rajas of Vijayanagara. In 1347 the northern part was conquered by the Bahmani Sultanate, which in 1473 took the town of Belgaum and conquered the southern part also. When Aurangzeb overthrew the Bijapur sultans in 1686, Belgaum passed to the Mughals. In 1776 the country was overrun by Hyder Ali of Mysore, but was retaken by the Peshwa with British assistance. In 1818 it was handed over to the British East India Company.In 1836 the southern district continuing to be known as Dharwad, the northern as Belgaum.

Kittur in Belgaum district is a place of historical importance. Rani Chennamma of Kittur (1778-1829) is known for her resistance to British rule; another person in the history of Belgaum known for his resistance to British rule is Sangolli Rayanna.There are several names available for Belgaum city. Kannada people call it Belgaavi, Marathi people call it Belgaon, North Indians call it as Belgaum.

The British had a sizable infantry post here, having realised the military importance of its geographic location. It is one of the reasons for Belgaum's sobriquet The Cradle of Infantry. Development of a rail network for movement of resources and later troops was one of the means employed by both the British East India Company and the British to exert control over India. Belgaum's railway station, the Mahatma Gandhi Railway Station was established by the British. A signboard declaring the sobriquet can be seen hung on Platform 1 at the station.

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There is an ancient temple of the deity Yellamma on a nearby hill. This is a pilgrimage centre for thousands of devotees. Also famous temples of Aihole and Badami are Located on the Banks of this river.
Aihole is a temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It is a very popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. Aihole is to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.
Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a taluk in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.

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Nearest Railway Station:Several express and passenger trains ply between Hubli and Bangalore everyday. Hubli being an important railway junction has daily trains to Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Vijayawada, Mysore and weekly services to Chennai, Howrah and Thiruvanantapuram.
Nearest Airport:Kingfisher Airlines provides daily flights to Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. With night-landing facilities being constructed at Hubli Airport, the traffic is expected to grow. Hubli airport is currently being expanded, this will convert Hubli into the hub of North Karnataka.
Road Transport:NWKRTC (North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation) is a state run corporation headquarted at Gokul Road, Hubli. There is excellent inter-city transportation between Hubli and Dharwad as NWKRTC and Bendre Nagara Sarige (a consortium of private bus-owners) healthily compete to cater to the large number of commuters between Hubli and Dharwad daily. Bus services from the twin-cities exist to every part of Karnataka and neighbouring states and other popular destinations. There are many private bus operators who render services for overnight travel between Hubli and Bangalore, Mangalore, Pune, Mumbai.

Nearest Visiting places:

☀ Hooli : Panchalingeshwara temple Hooli. 9 km from Savadatti, one of the oldest village in the district, it is famous for 'Panchaligeswara temple. Other ruined Chalukya temples waiting for conservation and restoration.
☀ Saundatti : Famous for Savadatti Fort. Saundatti Fort, North Karnataka
☀ Kamala Narayana Temple, Degaon ( Degamve / Devgram ) : Degaon Kamala Narayana temple 5 km from Kittur.
Degaon Kamala Narayana temple 5 km from Kittur, North Karnataka
☀ Kasamalgi Parshwanatha : Kasamalgi Parshwanatha, 10 km from Kittur and 5 km from Kamala Narayana Temple, Degaon ( Degamve / Devgram ).
Kasamalgi Parshwanatha, 5 km from Kittur
☀ Halasi There is a famous Kadamba temple of Bhuvaraha Narasimha.
Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple Halasi, North Karnataka
☀ Yallammagudda
☀ Navilateertha
☀ Jamboti, 20 km south-west of Belgaum, is a popular tourist spot with its evergreen hilltop forests.
☀ Varapoha Falls, where the Mandovi River plunges 60 meters, is a beautiful waterfall in Belgaum district.
☀ Gokak Falls Kamal basadi Jain temple, Belgaum
☀ Belgaum Fort which is in the heart of the city. The Kote lake is also a beautiful lake to visit. Inside the fort we can find an ancient Kamala Basadi and Chikka Basadi Jain temples. Just few metres walk to this temple you can find Ramkrishna Ashrama where you can relax. There is an ancient Masjid also in the fort.
☀ Belgaum Cantonment with both Portuguese and British style buildings,churches and schools.
☀ Parasgad Fort
☀ Kittur

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Police Station:Hubli
Nearest Hospital:Hubli
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