- Godavari River is the largest peninsular river system in India.
- It is held in reverence as ‘Vridha Ganga’ or ‘Dakshina Ganga’.
- The river originates from Trimbakeshwar near Nasik in Maharashtra.
- It is one of the East Flowing Rivers in the country.
- It has a catchment area of 312,812 sq km which covers about 10% of the area of India.
- It flows in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Karnataka.
- Manjra is the only important right bank tributary which joins the Godavari near Kondalwadi.
- Below Rajahmundry, the river Godavari divides itself into two main streams:
- The Gautami Godavari on the east and
- The Vashishta Godavari on the west.
- It forms a large delta before it pours into the Bay of Bengal.
- The major bathing festival called Pushkaram (Kumbh Mela) is celebrated on the banks of the Godavari.
- Polavaram Project is located in Andhra Pradesh on the river Godavari, near Polavaram village.