Maharashtra: Geography

08-JUL-2013 12:47

    Maharashtra covers a vicinity of 308,000 kilometer square and is the third major state in the country. It is surrounded by the Madhya Pradesh in the north, the Chhattisgarh state in the eastern part, Andhra Pradesh in the south - east, Goa in the south western part and Karnataka in the south.


    The Western coast of Maharashtra is bordered by the Arabian Sea. The Western Ghats are recognized as Sahyadri. They are a mountainous assortment consecutively parallel to the shore, at an average altitude of 1,200 meters.  Kalsubai, a crest in the Sahyadris, near Nashik City is the highest elevated point in Maharashtra. To the west of these hills lie the Konkan coastal plains, 50 to 80 kilometers in width.


    To the east of the Ghats lies the flat Deccan Plateau. The Western Ghats form one of the three watersheds of India, from which many South Indian rivers initiate, distinguished among them are the Godavari River and the Krishna River. These rivers flow eastwards into Bay of Bengal, shaping one of the utmost river basins in the nation.

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