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Kadva River

Kadva river (कादवा नदी)
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Nashik
 - left Unanda River
 - right Kolwan River, Dhaman River
City Niphad
Source Sahyadris
 - location Dindori Taluka, Nashik, Khandesh, Maharashtra
 - coordinates
Mouth Godavari River
 - location Nandur Madhyameshwar, Nashik, Khandesh, Maharashtra
 - elevation 550 m (1,804 ft)
 - coordinates
Length 74 km (46 mi)
Basin 1,664 km2 (642 sq mi)

Kadva is a minor but important tributary of Godavari in Nashik district, Maharastra. It originates and flows through the Dindori Taluka of Nashik District.


  • Origin & Course 1
  • Tributaries 2
  • Dams 3
  • References 4

Origin & Course

The Kadva rises in the Sahyadris to the north-west of Dindori Taluka[1] in the angle between the former and the Satmala Range, and crosses Dindori from north-west to south-east. It is rocky both in bed and bank, but the bed is wide, and the average volume of water is small compared with the area through which it flows. Irrigation works of considerable importance have been established on it. At its confluence with Godavari, a pick-up weir has been constructed, raising the upstream water levels resulting in formation of the Nandur Madhyameshwar reservoir. The back waters of this reservoir harbors rich flora & flora and has been deemed as the Nandur Madhyameshwar Bird Sanctuary.[2] It witnesses migratory birds belonging to different species arriving here in huge numbers during the winter season.[3] Total length of this river is 74 km [4] up to Nandur Madhyameshwar Dam with a total drainage area of near about 1664 km2.


The Kadva is joined by several tributary streams mostly from the north or the left bank. The Kadva is joined on the left bank by several streams draining the southern slopes of the Satmala ranges.The chief of those joining on the right bank is the Kolwan and Dhaman

  • Unanda : It is the first of these having a long course nearly parallel to the Satmalas and receives several small streams draining its slopes. Among these are the small Dev nadi flowing past Vani, the Parasheri river flowing by Pimpalgaon Basavant, the Netravati nala flowing by Vadner, the Vainatha nadi joining it near Niphad and formed by the union of two rivers, the Vadali flowing by Vadali Bhoi and the Shelu. The Ozarkhed Dam has been built on the river Unanda.
  • Kolwan : It rises in the Sahyadris to the south of that river. At Waghad it is crossed by the Waghad Dam giving rise to the Waghad tank used for irrigation.
  • Dhaman : Further below it is joined by the Dhaman nadi from the south flowing past Dindori, at about two km. above its confluence with the Kadva near Rajapur.



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  2. ^ "Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary". Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
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  5. ^ "Village Map,Taluka: Dindori,District: Nahik" (PDF). Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
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