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Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats and Palakkad, India

10.7N 76.6E

December 20th, 2010 Category: Mountains

India - December 1st, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on the Nilgiri Hills, a range of mountains with at least 24 peaks above 2,000 meters (6,562 ft), in the westernmost part of Tamil Nadu at the junction of Karnataka and Kerala states in Southern India.

They are part of the larger Western Ghats mountain chain making up the southwestern edge of the Deccan Plateau.The hills are separated from the Karnataka plateau to the north by the Moyar River and from the Anaimalai Hills and Palni Hills to the south by the Palghat Gap.

The bright white area south of the mountains in the lower part of the image is Palakkad, a town and a municipality in the state of Kerala in southern India. Palakkad lies near the Palghat Gap, a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats ranges that run parallel to the west coast of India, and connects Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east.