Kanhar River

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Kanhar River (कनहर नदी)
Country India
States Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh
Region Vindhya
District Sonbhadra
Part of Son River
Source Gidha-Dhodha
 - location Khudia plateau, Chhattisgarh
Mouth Son River
 - location Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh

The Kanhar River (Hindi: कनहर नदी) is a tributary of the Son River and flows through the India states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.


The Kanhar originates at Gidha-Dhodha on the Khudia plateau in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. It initially flows north forming the boundary with Garhwa district in Palamu division of Jharkhand. Thereafter, it flows for about 100 kilometres (62 mi) through Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. Subsequently, it runs parallel to the Son in Garhwa district and turns north-west and flowing through Sonbhadra district in Mirzapur division of Uttar Pradesh. It confluences with the Son River to the north-east of the village of Kota. It has a rocky bed almost throughout its course. A rapid mountain torrent, flowing through forested areas, it is a dangerous stream.[1][2][3]


The tributaries of the Kanhar are: Theme, Lanva, Pandu, Goita, Hathinala, Suria, Chana, Sendur, Kursa, Galphulla, Semarkhar, Riger and the Cherna Nallah.[1][3]


A number of waterfalls are located along the track of the river. Pavai Falls near Kothali village (Balrampur) is of about 61 metres (200 ft).[1] Gur-Sindhu Falls is located in Chinia Community block, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Garhwa. Sukhdari Falls is 30 metres (100 ft) high. It located near the meeting point of the borders of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.[4]


Kanhar Hydroelectric Project and Kanhar River Development Scheme are centred on Kanhar Reservoir at Baradih in Garhwa district. There is another dam/ reservoir near Chinia village.[5] The Kanhar Sinchai Pariyojana is located downstream of the confluence of the Pagan River with the Kanhar near village Sugawaman in Tehsil Dudhi of Sonebhadra district.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "The Kanhar". Surguja district administration. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  2. ^ "Gazetteer of Palamu District". Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  3. ^ a b S. N. Das; R. Inoke; B. R. M. Rao; B. M. Singh. "Land irrigability studies for watershed management in Kanhar sub-basin (Sone Basin) using airborne data". Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Volume 16, Number 2 / June, 1988. Springer India. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  4. ^ Upkar Prakashan Editorial Board. Jharkhand General Knowledge. Google books. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  5. ^ "Kanhar Pumped – Storage Hydroelectric Project". Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  6. ^ "Project - Kanhar Sinchai Pariyogna". Retrieved 2010-07-02.

Coordinates: 24°28′N 83°08′E / 24.467°N 83.133°E / 24.467; 83.133

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