The Godavari or Godavari The Godavari is the second longest river in India after the river Ganges having its source at Triambakeshwar, Maharashtra. It starts in Maharashtra and flows east for 1,465 kilometres (910 mi) emptying into Bay of Bengal draining the Indian states Maharashtra (48.6%), Telangana (18.8%), Andhra Pradesh (4.5%), Chhattisgarh (10.9%), Madhya Pradesh (10.0%), Odisha(5.7%), Karnataka (1.4%) and Puducherry (Yanam)[5] through its extensive network of tributaries. Measuring up to 312,812 km2(120,777 sq mi), it forms one of the largest river basins in the Indian subcontinent, with only the Ganges and Indus rivers having a drainage basin larger than it in India.
The Godavari originates in the Western Ghats of central India near Nasik in Maharashtra, 80 km (50 mi) from the Arabian Sea. It flows for 1,465 km (910 mi), first eastwards across the Deccan Plateau then turns southeast, entering the West Godavari district and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, until it splits into two watercourses that widen into a large river delta and flow into the Bay of Bengal.
History:The Godavari is the second longest river in India after the river Ganges having its source at Triambakeshwar, Maharashtra. The Godavari River has a coverage area of 312,812 km2 (120,777 sq mi), which is nearly one-tenth of the area of India and is greater than the areas of England and Ireland put together. The river basin is considered to be divided into 3 sections: • Upper (source to confluence with Manjira), • Middle (between confluence of Manjira and Pranhita) and • Lower (Pranhita confluence to mouth).