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Kerala, India (10.35296 76.51198)
The state is wedged between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. Lying between northern latitudes 8°18' and 12°48' and eastern longitudes 74°52' and 77°22', Kerala experiences humid tropical rainforest climate with some cyclones. The state has a coast of 590 km (370 mi) and the width of the state varies between 11 and 121 kilometres (7 and 75 mi). Geographically, Kerala can be divided into three climatically distinct regions: the eastern highlands; rugged and cool mountainous terrain, the central mid-lands; rolling hills, and the western lowlands; coastal plains.:110 Pre-Cambrian and Pleistocene geological formations compose the bulk of Kerala's terrain. A catastrophic flood in Kerala in 1341 CE drastically modified its terrain and consequently affected its history; it also created a natural harbour for spice transport. The eastern region of Kerala consists of high mountains, gorges and deep-cut valleys immediately west of the Western Ghats' rain shadow.:110 41 of Kerala's west-flowing rivers, and 3 of its east-flowing ones originate in this region. The Western Ghats form a wall of mountains interrupted only near Palakkad; hence also known Palghat, where the Palakkad Gap breaks. The Western Ghats rise on average to 1,500 metres (4,900 feet) above sea level, while the highest peaks reach around 2,500 metres (8,200 feet). Anamudi in the Idukki district is the highest peak in south India, is at an elevation of 2,695 m (8,842 ft). The Western Ghats mountain chain is recognised as one of the world's eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity and is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The chain's forests are considered to be older than the Himalaya mountains.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kozhikode - Kollegal Highway, Muthanga, Sulthanbathery, Wayanad, Kerala, India (11.67251 76.36877)
Coordinates: 11.67233 76.36867 11.67267 76.36886 - Minimum elevation: 2,762 ft - Maximum elevation: 3,491 ft - Average elevation: 2,897 ft
Malayattoor-Neeleswaram Gramapanchayath, Malayattoor, Aluva, Ernakulam district, Kerala, 683587, India (10.20056 76.50826)
Coordinates: 10.17090 76.45354 10.22967 76.55624 - Minimum elevation: 13 ft - Maximum elevation: 1,720 ft - Average elevation: 187 ft
machiplav-kudiyerikkal padi-muthukkattupadi neerchaal area, Devikulam, Idukki, Kerala, 685561, India (10.02791 76.91000)
Coordinates: 10.02440 76.90608 10.03381 76.91275 - Minimum elevation: 328 ft - Maximum elevation: 4,121 ft - Average elevation: 2,379 ft