Kerala is rich with water resources like rivers, backwaters and waterfalls. The Lowlands or the coastal area of Kerala, made up of river deltas, backwaters and the Arabian coast, is essentially a land of coconuts and rice. The 'rivers of Kerala have very importance in Kerala with regard to agriculture and power generation etc. Kerala rivers are small and monsoon fed, turnout to be rivulets in summer. Some of the important rivers of the state are Periyar, Bharathapuzha, Meenachil, Chittaripuzha, Ramapurampuzha etc.
Here ere are 44 rivers in Kerala of which 41 are flowing westward and 3 eastward. Kerala rivers flow fast because of the hilly nature of the Western Ghats. Our rivers are comparatively small with regard to its length and breadth and they are monsoon fed. The rivers of Kerala have no deltas. Even if the size of the river is small, its utilisation is high. The biodiversity of the river and on the river banks is rich. There are numerous species of fishes in Kerala rivers.
Kerala is the land of rivers and backwaters. Kerala rivers are like blood veins in a human body. These rivers fertilise the land. They turn the waste land into wealthy land. Because these rivers are monsoon fed and that they are exploited on a large scale, these rivers turn out to be rivulets in summer season.
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