List of Dams and Reservoirs in India

Geography is a vital subject for both UPSC IAS Prelims and IAS Mains Exam. The geography syllabus for UPSC IAS prelims includes Indian geography as well as world geography.

The Geography syllabus for UPSC Prelims examination is vast and diverse like an ocean. Indian geography deals with physical, social, cultural, and economic aspects of the country. Nowadays questions from National Parks, Biosphere reserves, satellites, missiles, dams, rivers etc. are being asked in the UPSC IAS prelims Exam.

A dam is an obstruction that seizes water or underground streams. Reservoirs made by dams are used for several purposes including preventing floods, irrigation, aquaculture, industrial use etc. In India, we have several dam which are used for various purposes like generating electricity, irrigation etc.

Here we are giving a list of Dams and Reservoirs in India which is an important part of Indian geography.



Dams and Reservoirs


North India

Jammu & Kashmir

Baglihar Dam

Chenab River

Chutak Hydroelectric Project

Suru River

Dumkhar Hydroelectric Dam

Indus River

Salal Project

Chenab River

Uri Hydroelectric Dam

Jhelum River


Tehri Dam

Bhagirathi River

Himachal Pradesh

Bhakra Nangal Dam

Sutlej River

Chamera Dam

Ravi River

Gobind Sagar, Reservoir

Sutlej River

Maharana Pratap Sagar Reservoir

Beas River

Nathpa Dam

Sutlej River

Pandoh Dam

Beas River


Tehri Dam

Bhagirathi River

West India


Dantiwada Dam

Sabarmati River

Dharoi Dam

Banas River

Kadana dam

Mahi River

Ukai Dam

Tapti River

Central India

Madhya Pradesh

Bansagar Dam

Son River

Bargi Dam

Narmada River

Barna Dam

Barna River

Gandhi Sagar Dam

Chambal River

Indira Sagar Project

Narmada River

Narmada Dam Project

Narmada River

Rajghat Dam

Betwa River

Tawa Reservoir

Tawa River

East India


Chandil Dam

Subarnarekha River

Maithon Dam

Barakar River

Panchet Dam

Damodar River


Balimela Reservoir

Sileru River

Hirakud Dam

Mahanadi River

Indravati Dam

Indravati River

Jalaput Dam

Machkund River

West-central India


Bhandardara Dam

Arthur Lake

Bhatsa Dam

Bhatsa and Chorna rivers

Gangapur Dam

Godavari river

Girna Dam

Girna and Godavari River

Jaikwadi Dam

Godavari River

Khadakwasla Dam

Mutha River

Kolkewadi Dam

Koyna River

Koyna Dam

Koyna River

Manair Dam

Manair River

Mula Dam

Mula River

Mulshi Dam

Mula River

Panshet Dam

Mutha River

Pawna Dam

Pawna River

Radhanagari Dam

Bhogawati River

Tansa Dam

Tansa River

Ujani Dam

Bhima River

Vaitarna Dam

Vaitarna River

Wilson Dam

Pravara River

Yeldari Dam

Purna River

South India

Andhra Pradesh

Dindi Reservoir

Krishna River

Dummaguden Dam


Gandipalem Reservoir

Manneru River

Himayat Sagar Reservoir

River Musi

Lower Manair Reservoir

Manair River


Krishna River

Nizam Sagar Dam

Manjira River

Prakasam Barrage

Krishna River

Ramagundam Dam


Shriram Sagar Reservoir

Godavari River

Singur dam

Manjira River

Somasila Dam

Pennar River

Srisailam Dam

Krishna River

Tatipudi Reservoir Project

Gosthani River


Alamatti Dam

Krishna River

Basava Sagara Dam

Krishna River

Ghataprabha Reservoir

Ghataprabha River

Harangi Dam

Cauvery River

Hemavathi Reservoir

Hemavathi River

Kadra Dam

Kalinadi River

Kodasalli Dam

Kali River

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam

Cauvery River

Linganamakki dam

Sharavathi River

Manchanabele Dam


Narayanpur Dam

Krishna River

Supa Dam

Kali River

Tunga Bhadra Dam

Tungabhadra River and Krishna River

Tamil Nadu

Aliyar Reservoir

River Aliyar

Amaravathi Reservoir

Amaravathi River

Bhavanisagar Reservoir

Bhavani River

Chittar Reservoir

Chittar River

Gundar Reservoir

Berijam Lake

Kodaganar Reservoir

Kodagananar River

Krishnagiri Dam

Thenpennai River

Kullursandai Reservoir

Arjuna Nadi

Manimukthanadhi Reservoir

Manjalar Reservoir

Mettur Dam

Kaveri River

Pambar Reservoir

Pambar River

Parambikulam Reservoir

Parambikulam River

Pechiparai Reservoir

River Kodayar

Periyar Reservoir

Periyar River

Perunchani Dam

Paralayar River

Sholayar Reservoir

Shoolagiri Chinnar Reservoir

Chinnar River

Stanley Reservoir

Kaveri River

Thirumurthi Reservoir

Parambikulam Aliyar River

Thunakadavu Reservoir

Chalakudy River

Uppar Reservoir

Vaigai Dam

Vaigai River

Varadamanadhi Reservoir

Vattamalaikarai Odai Reservoir

Odai River

Vembakottai Reservoir

Vaippar River

Vidur Reservoir

Willingdon Reservoir

Periya Odai River


Banasura Sagar Dam

Chalakudy River

Idukki Dam

Periyar River

Kundala Dam

Parambikulam River

Malampuzha Dam

Malampuzha River

Mullaperiyar Dam

Pennar River

Neyyar Dam

Pennar River

Parambikulam Dam

Parambikulam River

Peechi Dam

Manali River

Walayar Dam

Walayar River

Practice Question:

Choose the incorrectly matched pair.

  1. Walayar Dam- Tamilnadu
  2. Alamatti Dam- Karnataka
  3. Uri Hydroelectric Dam- Punjab
  4. Bhakra Nangal Dam- Himachal Pradesh

Answer: C

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