The Deccan Region is also known as the Peninsular Plateau or the Great Peninsular Plateau. It is a large plateau in India, making up the majority of the southern part of the country. It is located between three mountain ranges and extends over eight Indian states. Its uplands make up a triangle nested within the familiar downward-pointing triangle of the Indian sub-continent's coastline. It encompasses a wide range of habitats, covering most of central and southern India. The Western Ghats form its western boundary, and the Eastern Ghats its eastern boundary. Each rises from their respective nearby coastal plains and meet at the southern tip of India. These two ranges form the southward-pointing vertex of a triangle which encompasses the plateau with the roughly west-south-west to east-north-east running Satpura Range and Vindhya Range forming the third northern boundary of the region. The northern ranges separate the plateau from the heavily populated riverine plains of northern India. Large areas of the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh comprise the Deccan plateau.
This region is one of the most geologically stable land masses of the world. The Deccan forms the catchment areas of mighty rivers.
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