The Ulhas River is a river flowing in the western part of India. It rises at the foothills of the Sahyadris
near Karjat in the Western Ghats
Range and starts flowing in the west direction. It enters the Thane
and Raigad districts of Maharastra between Kulgaon-Badlapur towards the north of Ulhasnagar
and then moves towards Kalyan. Then the river turns in the west direction towards Thane and a channel connects it to the Thane Creek.
During its course the river meets the Barvi River, which is actually the discharge water of Barvi Dam. This meeting point is a tourist spot and a fishing spot for villagers. It is at Thane the river separates into two. One branch flows in the west direction and the other branch in the south direction. It is around the Salsette Island where lies the city of Mumbai
. The two branches are estuarine in nature and they lie on seismic fault line. The river then turns in the northwest direction towards Ghodebunder, where it opens into an estuary known as Vasai Creek.
The Thane Creek flows in the south direction and empties into the Bombay Harbour. The estuary of Ulhas houses several historical ports of Kalyan, Kopri and Shurparaka. The important tributaries of the Ulhas River are Bharvi, Bhatsa and Kalu rivers.