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, river, an arm of the Ganges, c.160 mi (260 km) long, formed by the confluence of the Bhagirathi, Jalangi, and Matabhanga rivers, West Bengal state, E India, and flowing S to the Bay of Bengal; navigable for small oceangoing vessels to Kolkata
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the western distributary of the Ganges delta in India. The Hooghly originates at the confluence of the Bharat and Jalangi. It measures approximately 250 km in length and flows into the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean, forming an estuary ranging in width from 5 to 30 km. Its chief tributary is the Damo-dar River.
The Hooghly is subject to ocean tides. It is navigable for its entire length, and ocean-going vessels can travel as far as Calcutta. The cities of Bhatpara and Calcutta lie on the Hooghly.