A ruined temple in the Western Ghats
Artist: Houghton, William Robert (1826-1897)
7Water-colour drawing of a ruined temple in the Western Ghats, by William Robert Houghton dated c.1878.
The Western Ghats are an almost uninterrupted chain of mountains that runs along the western coast of India stretching from Gujarat in the north to the country's southern tip, through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They cover an area of about 160,000 kilometres. The western side of the Ghats, with elevations of 900 to 1500 meters above the coastal plains, receive a very heavy annual rainfall, while the more gentle and rolling eastern slopes connecting with Deccan plateau, are drier. The region is home to an exceptional biodiversity.