Western Coastal Plains

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The Western Coastal Plains is a thin strip of coastal plain 50 kilometres (31 mi) in width between the west coast of India and the Western Ghats hills, which starts near the south of river Tapi. They are bodied between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The plains begin at Gujarat in the north and end at Kerala in the south. It also includes the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. It consists of three sections. The Northern part of the coast is called the Konkan (Mumbai-Goa), the central stretch is called the Kanara, while the southern stretch is referred to as the Malabar Coast. On its northern side there are two gulfs: the gulf of Khambat and the gulf of Kutch.The rivers here end up forming estuaries and therefore it is ideal for pisciculture.it is also known as SUBMERGED coastal plain.Western Coastal Plains of India. It is on the side of the Arabian Sea.


The northern portion of the west coast is called Konkan and the southern portion Malabar. The south Malabar or Kerala coast is broken and there are some lagoons. The north Malabar Coast is known as the Karnataka coast. Here the Saraswati river, before entering the plains, descends down a 275 m high cliff and forms the celebrated Gersoppa falls.

The north Malabar Coast is known as the Karnataka coast. Here the Saraswati river, before entering the plains, descends down a 275 m high cliff and forms the celebrated Gersoppa falls.

The Western Coastal Plains extend 1,500 km from Cape Comorin in the south to Surat in north, the width ranging from 10 to 25 km from north to south, the Gujarat Plains the Konkan plains (Daman to Goa, 500 km), the Karnataka coastal plains (225 km south from Goa), and the Kerala coastal plains from Cannanore to Cape Comorin, 500 km make up the west coastal plains. The West Continental shelf is widest (350 km) of the coast of Bombay where the oil-rich Bombay High has become famous.

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