|Elevation||1,680 m (5,510 ft)|
|States||Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil nadu|
|Settlements||Vishakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar|
The Eastern Ghats, or Pūrva Ghaṭ, are a discontinuous range of mountains along India's eastern coast. The Eastern Ghats run from West Bengal state in the north, through Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu in the south passing some parts of Karnataka. They are eroded and cut through by the four major rivers of peninsular India, the Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna, and Kaveri. The mountain ranges run parallel to the Bay of Bengal. The Deccan Plateau lies to the west of the range, between the Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats. The coastal plains lies between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal. The Eastern Ghats are not as high as the Western Ghats.
The Eastern Ghats are older than the Western Ghats, and have a complex geologic history, related to the assembly and breakup of the ancient supercontinent of Rodinia and the assembly of the Gondwana supercontinent.
The Eastern Ghats are made up of charnockites, granite gneiss, khondalites, metamorphic gneisses, Quartzite rock formations. The formation of Eastern ghats is with thrusts and slip faults all along its range. Limestone, Bauxite, Iron Ore are also found in the Eastern Ghats hill ranges.
Eparchaean Unconformity (Tirumala hills) is a major discontinuity of stratigraphic significance that represents a period of remarkable serenity in the geological history of the earth. It is seen at the steep natural slopes, road scars and ravines in the Tirupati – Tirumala Ghat road in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Hill Ranges of Eastern Ghats
As with the Western Ghats, these mountain ranges also have their local names along the discontinuous hill ranges
At their southern end, the Eastern Ghats form several ranges of low hills. The southernmost of the Eastern Ghats are the low Sirumalai and Karanthamalai Hills of southern Tamil Nadu.
- Kolli Hills
North of the River Kaveri are higher Kollimalai, Pachaimalai, Shevaroy (Servaroyan), Kalrayan Hills, Chitteri, Palamalai and Mettur Hills in northern Tamil Nadu state. The climate of the higher hill ranges is generally cooler and wetter than the surrounding plains and the hills are home to coffee plantations and enclaves of dry forest.
- Shevaroy Hills
The hill station of Yercaud is located in the Shevaroy Hills. The Bilgiri Hills, which run east from the Western Ghats to the River Kaveri, forms a forested ecological corridor that connects the Eastern and Western Ghats, and allows the second-largest wild elephant population in India to range between the South Eastern Ghats, the Biligiri and Nilgiri Hills, and the South Western Ghats.
- Malai Mahadeshwara Hills
- Javadi Hills
The Ponnaiyar and Palar Rivers flow from headwaters on the Kolar Plateau eastward through gaps in the Ghats to empty into the Bay of Bengal; the Javadi Hills lie between the two rivers. There are waterfalls in remote areas, such as the Kiliyur Falls.
- Kalvarayan Hills
Some 40 km from the south end of Javadi Hills starts the Kalvarayan Hill range. The name kalvarayan has come from native people "kalvar".This hill range brings much more rainfalls to the eastern part of its surrounding areas during northwest monsoon.River Thenponnaiyar divides this Hill range from Javadi Hills in north.And continued as Shervarayon Hills further southwest divided by Manchavaadi Pass.River Komuki originate from this range and drowns into Bay of Bengal alongside with river Cauvery.
- Velikonda Range
- Nallamalla Hills
The higher Palikonda-Lankamalla-Nallamalla Ranges lie to the west. They run in a nearly north-south alignment, parallel to the Coromandel Coast for close to 430 km between the rivers, Krishna and Pennar. Its northern boundaries are marked by the flat Palnadu basin while in the south it merges with the Tirupati hills. An extremely old system, the hills have been extensively weathered and eroded over the years. The average elevation today is about 520 m which reaches 1100 m at Bhairani Konda and 1048 m at Gundla Brahmeswara.
- Tirumala Hills
The Tirumala Hills are located along the Seshachalam-Velikonda Range of the Eastern Ghats. The Palar River cuts through the ranges. The Velikonda Range eventually descends to the coastal plain in northern Nellore district, while the Nallamalla Range continues to the River Krishna.
- Kondapalli Hills
A range of low hills lie between the Krishna and the Godavari. These hills are located in Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari and Khammam districts of Andhra Pradesh
- Papi Hills
Papi Hills (Papi kondalu) are distributed among Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh and lies in Eastern Ghats. It is a famous Visitor attraction along the Eastern Ghats.
- Madhurawada Dome
- Maliya Range
This range is located in the northern portion of the Eastern Ghats. The Maliya range generally ranges between elevations of 900–1200 m, although some of its summits soar higher. The tallest peak in this range is Mahendragiri (1,501 m).
- Madugula Konda Range
This range is located in the northern portion of the Eastern Ghats. The Madugula Konda range is higher than the Maliyas and generally ranges between elevations of 1100–1400 m. Prominent summits include the highest peak of the Eastern Ghats - Arma Konda (1680 m), Gali Konda (1643 m) and Sinkram Gutta (1620 m).
- Chandragiri-Pottangi mountain system
The highest mountain peak in the state of Odisha is Deomali (1672 m), which is situated in Koraput district in southern Odisha. It is part of the Chandragiri-Pottangi mountain system.The region covers about three-fourth of the entire Odisha State. Geologically it is a part of the Indian Peninsula which was a part of the ancient landmass of Gondwanaland. The major rivers of Odisha with their tributaries have cut deep and narrow valleys.
- Garhjat Hills
This region mostly comprises the hills and mountains of the Eastern Ghats which rise abruptly and steeply in the east and slope gently to a dissected plateau in the west running from north-west (Mayurbhanj) to south-west (Malkangiri). The Odisha highlands are also known as the Garhjat Hills. This region is well marked by a number of interfluves or watersheds. The Eastern Ghats is interrupted by a number of broad and narrow river valleys and flood plains. The average height of this region is about 900 metres above the mean sea level.
To the north of the Godavari the Eastern Ghats increase again in height, forming the boundary between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The Similipal Massif is considered the farthest northeast extension of the Eastern Ghats.
Eastern Ghats are the source points for many small and medium rivers along the east coastal plains of South India.
Rivers flowing through Eastern Ghats
Rivers Originating on the Eastern Ghats
Bahuda River , Rushikulya River , Vamsadhara River , Nagavali River , Champavathi River , Vegavathi River , Gosthani River , Sarada River , Varaha River , Tandava River , Indravathi River , Sabari River , Sileru River , Tammileru , Gundlakamma River , Penner River , Swarnamukhi , Kundu River , Papaghni River , Chitravati River
The Eastern Ghats consists of different Eco regions along its range from South to North along the East Coast of India. The Important Eco regions consist of Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests, East Deccan dry evergreen forests, Deccan thorn scrub forests, Shrub lands and South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests. Which totally constitute a Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests and Eco regions.
The southern tropical thorn scrub type forests consist of open, low vegetation that is characterised by thorny trees with short trunks and low, branching crowns that rarely meet to form a closed canopy. Typical grasses of the ecoregion include Chrysopogon fulvus, Heteropogon contortus, Eremopogon foveolatus, Aristida setacea, and Dactyloctenium species.The plant species that dominate the vegetation in these forests are Acacia species, Balanites roxburghii, Cordia myxa, Capparis spp., Prosopis spp., Azadirachta indica, Cassia fistula, Diospyros chloroxylon, Carissa carandas, and Phoenix sylvestris. There are also several other habitat types found in these forests.
some of medicinal and botanical interest, including an endemic cycad (Cycas beddomei) and Psilotum nudum. A small patch of the tree Shorea talura also exists within the Chittoor forest division, part of which is being maintained as a preservation plot by the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh. The area between the Nallamalla and Seshachalam Hills is well known for the Red Sandal (Pterocarpus santalinus), a rare, endemic tree species that is harvested for the medicinal value of its wood.
The Eastern Highlands moist deciduous Eco region's forests are dominated by Sal (Shorea robusta), in association with Terminalia, Adina (plant)|Adina, Toona, Syzygium, Buchanania, Cleisanthus, and Anogeissus. The flora of the ecoregion shares many affinities with the moist forests of the Western Ghats and the eastern Himalayas.
The original vegetation of the Deccan dry evergreen forests Eco region consisted of forests with an understory of evergreen trees and an emergent canopy of taller deciduous trees, including Sal (Shorea robusta), Albizia Albizia amara|amara and Chloroxylon spp. Intensive human use of the forests over the centuries has mostly eliminated the deciduous canopy species, and the ecoregion's remaining forests are now characterized by areas of leathery-leaved evergreen forest, with a relatively low (10-meter) closed canopy.
Predominant species are Manilkara hexandra, Mimusops elengi, Ceylon Ebony (Diospyros ebenum), Strychnine tree (Strychnos nux-vomica), Eugenia spp., Drypetes sepiaria, and Flacourtia indica. A few small enclaves of deciduous Sal forest exist, but are under intensive human pressure. Most of the ecoregion's forests have been degraded into tropical dry evergreen scrublands, characterized by thorny species such as Ziziphus glaberrima, Dichrostachys cinerea, Catunaregam spinosa, and Carissa spinarum.
The Endemic Fauna of the Eastern Ghats are Jerdon's Courser (Rhinoptilus bitorquatus), Gray slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus). The rare gecko's found here are Indian golden gecko (Calodactylodes aureus), Rock Gecko (Hemiphyllodactylus aurantiacus), Sharma's Skink Eutropis nagarjuni
- Mammals found in the Eastern Ghats
Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus), blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), small Indian civet (Viverricula indica), Madras treeshrew (Anathana ellioti), common grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii), sambar deer (Rusa unicolor), Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica), Indian bison (Bos gaurus), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), common muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca), Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Dhole (Cuon alpinus), Golden jackal (Canis aureus), Indian giant squirrel (Ratufa indica), Indian hare (Lepus nigricollis), Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus), Tufted gray langur (Semnopithecus priam), Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata), rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), Bengal fox (Vulpes bengalensis), smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata), Jungle cat (Felis chaus), cheetal (Axis axis), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), Indian mole-rat (Bandicota bengalensis),
- Birds found in the Eastern Ghats
Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps), Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus), Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis), Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Spotted Owlet (Athene brama), Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis), Pied Crested Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus), Oriental White Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus), Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura), Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus), Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata), Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense), Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus), Indian Spotted Eagle (Aquila hastata), Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus), Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)
- Butterflies of the Eastern Ghats
As per Studies the Nallamalla Hills of the Eastern Ghats consists of nearly 20 species of Amphibians and 65 species of reptiles in their range
Marbled toad Bufo stomaticus, Ferguson's toad Bufo scaber, Duttaphrynus melanostictus Asian common toad, Green Pond Frog Euphlyctis hexadactylus, Skittering Frog Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis, Cricket Frog (Fejervarya (Rana) limnocharis), Hoplobatrachus tigerinus the Indus Valley Bullfrog, Indian burrowing frog Sphaerotheca breviceps, Sri Lankan Bullfrog Kaloula taprobanica, ornamented pygmy frog Microhyla ornata, common Indian tree frog
Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), Indian black turtle (Melanochelys trijuga), Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata), Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria), Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans), Leith's softshell turtle (Nilssonia leithii), Roux's Forest Lizard Calotes rouxii, Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor), Peninsular Rock Agama Psammophilus dorsalis, Fan-throated lizard Sitana ponticeriana, Indian chameleon Chamaeleo zeylanicus, Oriental Leaf-toed Gecko (Hemidactylus bowringii), Giant Leaf-toed Gecko Hemidactylus giganteus, Termite Hill Gecko Hemidactylus triedrus, Jerdon's Snake-Eye Ophisops jerdonii, Günther's Writhing Skink Lygosoma guentheri, Keeled Indian Mabuya Eutropis carinata, Bronze Grass Skink Eutropis macularia, Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis), Eryx johnii Indian Sand Boa, Indian rock python Python molurus, Olive keelback snake Atretium schistosum, common cat snake Boiga trigonata, Bronzeback Dendrelaphis tristis, Nagarjun Sagar Racer Coluber bholanathi, Indian cobra (Naja naja), Indian Rat SnakePtyas mucosa, Streaked Kukri Snake Oligodon taeniolatus, banded kukri 'Oligodon arnensis, Green Keelback Macropisthodon plumbicolor, Sibynophis subpunctatus Duméril's black-headed snake, Checkered keelback (Xenochrophis piscator), common krait (Bungarus caeruleus), Blind snake Ramphotyphlops braminus, Russels Viper Daboia russelii, Indian saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus, bamboo viper Trimeresurus gramineus,
Protected Areas of Eastern Ghats
The list of Sanctuaries and National parks of the Eastern Ghats
- Badrama & Hadgarh
- Simlipal National Park
- Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary
- Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
- Kolleru Bird Sanctuary
- Nelapattu Bird
- Pulicat Bird
- Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary
- Sri Venkateswara National Park
- Lankamalleswara Wildlife
- Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary
- Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
- Vedanthagal Bird
The Eastern Ghats is the homeland for many buddhist ruins from Odisha to south andhra. Andhra Pradesh has 140 listed Buddhist sites, which provide a panoramic view of the history of Buddhism from 3rd century B.C. to 14th century A.D. The list of inscriptions engraved on various media, lithic, copper plates, crystals, pots, conches are 501(360 lithic records, 7 sets of copper plates, 134 inscribed pots and conches etc.) in number
Some of the famous Buddhist sites along the Eastern Ghats are
Hindu pilgrimage sites
The Eastern Ghats are considered as abodes of many Hindu pilgrimage sites. Some of the Important sites are as follows
- Annamalaiyar Temple
- Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
- Srikalahasti Temple
Views of Eastern Ghats
Eastern Ghats at Visakhapatnam Beach Road
Gurubhaktulakonda hill near Ramatheertham
Boyapalem in Visakhapatnam District
Forests of Eastern Ghats
Kolli hills forests in Tamil Nadu
Dry evergreen forests at Visakhapatnam
Tada forests in Andhra Pradesh
Lakes and Rivers of Eastern Ghats
Monuments along Eastern Ghats
Kondavidu Fort Ruins, Guntur district
Gurubhaktulakonda Buddhist Monastery Remnants at Ramatheertham
A Ruined Hindu temple at Saripalli, Vizianagaram District
Pandavula Metta caves near Peddapuram
Maps Related to Eastern Ghats
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