Ken River
The Ken River is one the major river
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s of the Bundelkhand
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 region of central India
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, and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
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 and Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
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. It is a tributary of the Yamuna
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The Ken River originates near village Ahirgawan on the north-west slopes of Kaimur Range in Jabalpur district
Jabalpur District
Jabalpur District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The city of Jabalpur is the administrative headquarters of the district.The area of the district is 10,160 km² with of population 2,167,469...

 and travels a distance of 427 km, before merging with the Yamuna at Chilla village, near Fatehpur
Fatehpur, Fatehpur
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 in Uttar Pradesh at 25°46′N 80°31′E

Ken has an overall drainage basin
Drainage basin
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 of 28,058 km2, out of which 12,620 km2 belong to Sonar River its largest tributary, whose entire basin lies in Madhya Pradesh; and along its 427 kilometres (265.3 mi) course it receives water from its own tributaries such as Bawas, Dewar, Kaith and Baink on the left bank, and Kopra and Bearma of the right. Out of its total length of 427 kilometres (265.3 mi) it flows for 292 kilometres (181.4 mi) in Madhya Pradesh, 84 kilometres (52.2 mi) in Uttar Pradesh, and 51 kilometres (31.7 mi) forms the boundary between the two states.

Crossing the Bijawar-Panna hills
Bijawar-Panna Plateau
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, the Ken River cuts a 60 km long, and 150–180 m deep gorge. Several streams join the Ken in this gorge making waterfalls. The Ken valley separates the Rewa Plateau
Rewa Plateau
The Rewa Plateau covers a portion of Rewa district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.The Rewa Plateau lies between the Kaimur Range in the south and Vindhya Range or Binj Pahar in the north. To the north of the Binj Pahar are the alluvial plains known as Uprihar. The plateau covers the Huzur,...

 from the Satna Plateau.

Tourist attraction

The Raneh Falls on the Ken river and Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary are tourist attractions.
Gangau Dam has been constructed at the confluence of the Ken and Simri rivers. The Ken River passes through Panna National Park
Panna National Park
Panna National Park is a national park located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It has an area of about 543 square miles . The terrain in Panna National Park is undulating and heavily forested with many streams and waterfalls.Among the animals found here are the chital,...


The banks of the Ken River have quite a few castles which were used by the Rajputs of this region to fight against the Mughals. Nowadays some of these castles are occupied by dacoits and are a cause for worry for the local police. These castles are in such a state of ruin that the walls are difficult to see from below the hill they are built on and ruins of only key buildings still exist. Some of these castles make for a good trek.

It is famous for its rare Sajhar or Dendritic Agate stone. Banda city is located on banks of river Ken.
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