‘Palakkad’ or Palghat Gap

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'Palakkad' or Palghat Gap

'Palakkad' or Palghat Gap


'Palakkad Gap' or Palghat Gap, a major break in the Western Ghats mountain range, in southwestern India. Located between the Nilgiri Hills to the north and the Anaimalai Hills to the south, it is about 20 miles (32 km) wide and straddles the Kerala–Tamil Nadu border, serving as a major communication route between those two states. Highways and rail lines through the gap connect Palghat in Kerala with Coimbatore and Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. Palghat Gap also influences southern India’s climate; the wet southwest monsoons, as well as storms from the Bay of Bengal, cross the mountains through the opening. It is mainly manufactured from chondrites and charnockite rocks and makes it a navigable terrain. The Gap became a geological funnel through which people, identities and beliefs sloshed about, mixed, and ultimately coalesced to form a cultural substrate.

 
'Palakkad' or Palghat Gap

'Palakkad' or Palghat Gap


Source - THE HINDU

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