The advances in electronics and telecommunication industry in the last few decades have tremendously increased the use of wireless communication systems. The field of wireless communication networks has thus been a keen area of research in the last decade. One of the crucial parameter for efficient operation of any wireless network is the routing algorithm. However the choice of the routing algorithm depends not only on the physical topology and geography of the network but also on the application. This paper presents performance analysis of various routing protocols namely AODV, AOMDV, DSDV, DSR, TORA, SPAN, GEAR, LEACH and GAF.