Maharashtra is a state located in western India. It is the second most populous
after Uttar Pradesh, third largest state by area in India and the richest state
in India contributing to approximately 25% of the country's industrial output and
to 23.2% of its GDP in 2010-11.
Maharashtra encompasses an area of 308,000 km² (119,000 mi²), and is the third largest
state in India. It is bordered by the states of Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh
to the east, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast, Karnataka to the south, and Goa to
the southwest. The state of Gujarat lies to the northwest, with the Union territory
of Dadra and Nagar Haveli sandwiched in between. The Arabian Sea makes up Maharashtra's
The Western Ghats better known as Sahyadri are a hilly range running parallel to
the coast, at an average elevation of 1,200 metres (4,000 ft). Kalsubai, a peak
in the Sahyadris, near Nashik City is the highest elevated point in Maharashtra.
To the west of these hills lie the Konkan coastal plains, 50–80 kilometres in width.
To the east of the Ghats lies the flat Deccan Plateau. The Western Ghats form one
of the three watersheds of India, from which many South Indian rivers originate,
notable among them being Godavari River, and Krishna, which flow eastward into the
Bay of Bengal, forming one of the greatest river basins in India.
Total Population (2011)