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Course of the Palar

Course of the Palar

location Karnataka , Andhra Pradesh , Tamil Nadu (India)
River system Palar
source Nandi Hills
muzzle Bay of Bengal Coordinates: 12 ° 28 ′ 4 "  N , 80 ° 9 ′ 16"  E 12 ° 28 ′ 4 "  N , 80 ° 9 ′ 16"  E

length 357 km
Left tributaries Ponnai
Right tributaries Cheyyar
Big cities Ambur , Vellore , Kanchipuram
Medium-sized cities Vaniyambadi , Arcot , Chengalpattu
Aerial view of the mouth of the Palar

Aerial view of the mouth of the Palar

The Palar ( Tamil : பாலாறு , Kannada : ಪಾಲಾರ್ ನದಿ, Telugu : పాలార్ నది) is a max. 357 km long river in southern India . Its amount of water is subject to strong periodic fluctuations and reaches its maximum during the monsoon season .


The Palar River rises in the Nandi Hills northwest of the city of Kolar in the Indian state of Karnataka , then flows in mostly east or south-east direction 93 km through Karnataka, 42 km through Andhra Pradesh and 222 km through Tamil Nadu to the Coromandel Coast , where it is almost 70 km flows south of Chennai into the Bay of Bengal .


The main tributaries of the Palar are the Ponnai and the Cheyyar , but the Palar has suffered for years - especially in its upper reaches - from water scarcity, which is supposed to be alleviated by inflow channels from other rivers.


Important cities on the banks of the Palar are Vaniyambadi , Ambur , Vellore , Arcot , Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu .

Leather industry

Many of the largely Muslim cities on the middle reaches of the Palar have dedicated themselves to the production and processing of leather.


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