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Kumaradhara River

The Kumaradhara river, who originates from western ghats, merges with the Netravati river at Uppinangadi, which is known as Dakshin Kashi. It is a well developed town in Dakshina Kannada. The Uppinangadi, which is also known as Ubar is surrounded by  the Netravati river from one side and the Kumaradhara river from the other side. Later the Netravati river merges into the Arabian Sea. Local villagers watch the Confluence of Kumaraadhara river and Netravati river at Uppinangadi, which is called as “Sangam”, which has religious value. Subrahmanya village is surrounded by Kumaradhara river. The pilgrims take a holy bath in Kumaradhara River and then visit Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in Subrahmanya, to take a Darshan of Lord Subrahmanya. The Kukke Subrahmanya temple, which is an ancient Hindu temple, is a famous pilgrimage location in India.

The Kumaradhara river is an important river in Karnataka state. Lord Kumaraswamy killed the Taraka and others in war and washed his Ayudha in this river. Then onwards, it is known as the Kumaradhara river. The Kumaradhara river is known for spiritual significances and people believe that water of the Kumaradhara river cures the skin diseases. The Kumaradhara river flows through dense forest and over the rocks. This may be the reason behind, skin diseases are cured  by the water of the river. The Kumaradhara river, which is rich in water, is the main source of water for the people in all season. Agriculture and fishing are the main occupation of the people, who settled on the Kumaradhara river bank.


The Kumaradhara river originates from Central Western ghats at an elevation of 1480 m and drops down to 33 m at Uppinangadi village of Puttar Taluk. The Kumaradhara River basin spread across the three districts in Karnataka- Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Hassan. It extends from 75o9’58” to 75o47’48” E and 12o29’4” to 12o58’33” N and drains an area of 1776 Sq. km.

The Kumaradhara river which flows from Kodagu is joined by Gundia river (which flows in Sakaleshpura Taluk), at Dalpadi village, Dakshina Kannada district. The Kumaradhara river joins the Netravati river, at Uppinangadi village of Puttur Taluk. The Kumaradhara river is also known as a bathing ghat. Rainfall from Kumardhara river basin varies from 3000mm to 4250 mm annually.


The Gundia river is the main tributary of the Kumaradhara river, which flows into the Netravati river. The Gundia river basin is rich in biodiversity. The Gundia river originates from Western ghats.

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