Also known as the Cauvery, Kaveri River measures around 475 miles (765 kilometers) in length and passes through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, all the while supporting irrigation systems for large parts of Tamil Nadu. It's the third-largest river in South India, and river-access rights has long been a point of contention among certain South Indian states.The Basics
Like most Indian rivers, the Kaveri has many legends surrounding its origins; some people consider it sacred. Multiple dams and tributaries spread out across South India, providing numerous communities with water for drinking and farming. The river is divided into two waterfalls: Gaganachukki and Bharachukki in the Kavery Wildlife Sanctuary, which you can visit on a day trip from Bangalore.Things to Know Before You Go
How To Get There
- A trip out to the river is excellent for those wanting to escape the busy city and get out into nature.
- Wear mosquito spray and sunscreen.
- Some part of the river may not be suitable for swimming, so be sure to check with your guide before attempting to do so.
The Kaveri is huge, and it’s best accessed by car from major cities such as Bangalore (Bengaluru), Mysore (Mysuru), and Coimbatore. The river flows along part of the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and passes right through the holy town of Srirangapatna, just north of Mysuru. It’s best visited as part of an organized tour with a professional guide.When To Get There
The best time to visit the river has a lot to do with what you want to do. If you plan to go by boat, check with a boat operator for up-to-date information about conditions. Avoid visiting during the rainy monsoon months when waters might not be as stable. Kallani Dam
Kallani Dam, located on the Kaveri in Tamil Nadu, was originally built in the 2nd century CE by the Chola ruler Karikalan. It's the oldest continuously operating dam in India, though it was remodeled in the 19th century under British rule. In ancient times, it irrigated around 70,000 acres, but the revamp bumped up this number to around a million acres.