North Western Ghats montane rainforests

This ecoregion along with the South Western Ghats Montane Rainforests are part of the global biodiversity hotspot hosting a large proportion of endemic and rare species. The northern Western Ghats (also often called the Sahyadri) are geologically distinct from southern regions as they are a direct extension of the lateral geological belt of the Deccan Plateau, as the large formations of basalt fall away to the Malabar coast. This region thus contains unique geological formations of ridges, plateaus and rocky outcrops and associated plant and communities. Some areas receive as much as 8000 mm of rainfall per annum and is the origin of many major river systems in peninsular India.

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