(Last Updated on : 03/12/2014)
One of the largest southern tributaries of the Ganges is the Son River of central India. With a length of 784 kilometres (487 miles) the Son is one of the largest rivers in India. The river is an extension of the Narmada valley
and the Kaimur range
an extension of the Vindhya Range
in the lower levels. The main tributaries of the Son are Rihand River
and the Koel River
. The Son is a wide and shallow river and forms pools of water in the remaining parts of the river. The floodplain of the river is narrow and is only, three to five kilometers wide. The river used to change its course frequently in the past, which has been checked to some extent with the dam at Dehri
and also with the construction of Indrapuri Barrage.
Course of Son River
The Son River originates in the state of Chhattisgarh
in the east direction of the origin of Narmada River
. It then flows in the north-northwest direction through Madhya Pradesh
before turning in the east direction where it meets the Kaimur range. The river starts flowing in the parallel direction of the Kaimur range in the east-northeast direction through Uttar Pradesh
and joins the Ganges just above Patna
, the capital of Bihar.
Dams and Bridges
Old Anicut Dam was built in 1876 A.D. by the British
government which was an example of modern technology. The dam is abandoned and presently hosts a remarkable place to visit and view marvellous evenings during sun set.
Nearby Places to Visit
is a unique natural heritage which is very rich in biodiversity. Apart from this, it is source of origin of three important rivers.
Indrapuri Barrage is one of the longest dams in India. It is located nearly 9 km from Dehri.
is situated at Rohtas; 40 km south of Dehri. Rohitashva, son of King Harishchandra
founded the town of Rohtas
Garh in Rohtas district
, Bihar. The Rohtas Fort is one of the most ancient forts of India. Some other places of interest here are the Aina Mahal
, Jami Masjid
and Habsh Khan's crypt, Ganesh Temple, The Hanging House, Rohtasan Temple and Devi Temple, Diwan-e-khas
, and Diwan-e-aam
. There are many waterfalls in this area that falls from the top of Kaimur hill towards east and joins the Son River.