Describe the Indian Coastal Plains.
India has a long coastline which runs across the Arabian Sea in the west and the Bay of Bengal in the east. The Indian coastal plains are divided into the western coastal plains and the eastern coastal plains.
The western coast is a narrow strip of land which is located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. It consists of three sections. The northern part of the coast is known as the Konkan (Mumbai-Goa). The central part is called the Kannad plain and the southern stretch is known as the Malabar coast.
The eastern coastal plains are located between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal. These plains are wider than the western coastal plains. Many rivers such as the Krishna and Godavari have formed deltas in this region. The eastern coastal plains are known as the Northern Circars in the northern part and as the Coromandel Coast in the southern part. Lake Chilika, the largest salt water lake in India, lies in the eastern coast.
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