The Western Ghats is a continuous stretch of mountain range (except for a 30 Km at the Palghat gap). However, there are a number of smaller gaps and passes. The Western Ghats has a high altitudinal variation and the average elevation is 1200meters. The elevation is as high as 2637 m(at Doddabetta). The Anaimudi peak is the highest peak at 2695 meters. The narrow plain between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is known as the Konkan coast. A number of rivers arise from the Western Ghats and either flow westwards and drain in the Arabian Sea or flow eastwards and drain into the Bay of Bengal.
The vegetation and the forest cover and other land-use of Western Ghats can be found in this section.