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Konkan, also known as the Konkan
Konkan
Coast or Kokan, is a rugged section of the western coastline of India. It is a 720 kilometres (450 miles) long coastline. It consists of the coastal districts of the western Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka. The ancient Saptakonkana is a slightly larger region. The region is known as Karavali
Karavali
in Karnataka.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Geography 3 Ethnology 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Etymology[edit]

Deogad Beach in Sindhudurg district, Konkan
Konkan
region,Maharashtra

According to the Sahyadrikhanda of the Skanda Purana, Parashurama
Parashurama
shot his arrow into the sea and commanded the Sea God to recede up to the point where his arrow landed. The new piece of land thus recovered came to be known as Sapta-Konkana, meaning "piece of earth", "corner of earth", or "piece of corner", derived from Sanskrit
Sanskrit
words: koṇa (कोण, corner) + kaṇa (कण, piece).[1][2] Xuanzang, the noted Chinese Buddhist
Buddhist
monk, mentioned this region in his book as Konkana Desha; Varahamihira's Brihat-Samhita
Brihat-Samhita
described Konkan
Konkan
as a region of India; and 15th century author Ratnakosh mentioned the word Konkandesha.[3] Geography[edit] Konkan
Konkan
extends throughout the western coasts of Maharashtra, Goa
Goa
and Karnataka.[3] It is bounded by the Western Ghats
Western Ghats
mountain range (also known as Sahyadri) in the east, the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
in the west, the Mayura River in the north and the Gangavalli River
Gangavalli River
in the south. The Gangavali flows in the district of Uttara Kannada
Uttara Kannada
in present-day Karnataka. Its northern bank constitutes the southernmost portion of Konkan. The towns of Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honavar
Honavar
and Bhatkal
Bhatkal
fall within the Konkan
Konkan
coast. The exact identity of the Mayura River, the northern limits of the historic Konkan, is indeterminate.

A schematic map of the Konkan
Konkan
belt in Maharashtra, showing hill stations and the roadways and railways connecting them

The largest city on the Konkan
Konkan
coast is Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra. It lies within the Konkan
Konkan
division, an administrative sub-division of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
which comprises all the coastal districts of the state. These are, from north to south[4]:

Palghar district Thane
Thane
district Mumbai
Mumbai
Suburban district Mumbai
Mumbai
City district Raigad district Ratnagiri district Sindhudurg district

Ethnology[edit] Main article: Konkani people Some of the ethnic groups and communities found in the region include the Malvani, Aagri, Koli, Konkanastha Maratha, Bhandari, Goud Saraswath Brahmins, Kumbhar, Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins, Gabit, Padti, Chitpavan, Daivajna, Kudaldeshkar Brahmins, Kuruba, and Kunbi. Tribal communities in Konkan
Konkan
include the Konkana, Warli
Warli
and Kolcha in southern Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Maharashtra's Palghar district. The Katkari
Katkari
are found in Raigad and Ratnagiri districts. The population of the area is predominantly Hindu, with Buddhist, Christian
Christian
and Muslim
Muslim
minorities. See also[edit]

Kanakeshwar People of the Konkan
Konkan
Division Konkani people Konkani language Konkan
Konkan
Railway Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project Malabar Coast

References[edit]

^ Shastri Gaytonde, Gajanan (ed.). Shree Scanda Puran (Sayadri Khandha) (in Marathi). Mumbai: Shree Katyani Publication.  ^ Satoskar, B. D. Gomantak Prakruti ani Sanskruti. Part 1 (in Marathi). Shubhada Publication. p. 206.  ^ a b Saradesāya, Manohararāya (2000). "The Land, the People and the Language". A History of Konkani Literature: From 1500 to 1992. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 1–14. ISBN 8172016646.  ^ List of districts in Konkan
Konkan
division, http://www.swapp.co.in/site/indianstatedistrictlist.php?stateid=j1YKCtUvHkShwKBqk6iHow%3D%3D&divisionid=bRbHGKvCu7LMDJJGUsYuQA%3D%3D

External links[edit]

Konkan
Konkan
travel guide from Wikivoyage Konkan
Konkan
Tourism - A Complete Guide on Tourism

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State of Maharashtra

Capital: Mumbai
Mumbai
Second capital: Nagpur

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Regions

Desh Khandesh Konkan Mumbai
Mumbai
Metropolitan Region Marathwada Vidarbha

Divisions and Districts

Amravati
Amravati
division

Akola Amravati Buldhana Washim Yavatmal

Konkan
Konkan
division

Mumbai Mumbai
Mumbai
Suburban Palghar Raigad Ratnagiri Sindhudurg Thane

Aurangabad division

Aurangabad Beed Jalna Osmanabad Nanded Latur Parbhani Hingoli

Nagpur
Nagpur
division

Bhandara Chandrapur Gadchiroli Gondia Nagpur Wardha

Nashik
Nashik
division

Ahmednagar Dhule Jalgaon Nandurbar Nashik

Pune
Pune
division

Kolhapur Pune Sangli Satara Solapur

Million-plus cities in Maharashtra

Mumbai Pune Nagpur Aurangabad Nashik Solapur Thane Pimpri-Chinchwad Kalyan-Dombivali Vasai-Virar Navi Mumbai

Other cities with municipal corporations

Ahmednagar Akola Amravati Bhiwandi-Nizampur Chandrapur Dhule Jalgaon Kolhapur Latur Malegaon Mira-Bhayandar Nanded Panvel Parbhani Sangli Ulhasnagar

Portal: Maharashtra

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Western Ghats

Rivers

Bhadra Bhavani Bhima Chalakudy Chittar Godavari Gurupura Kabini Kali Kallayi Kaveri Koyna Krishna Kundali Malaprabha Manimuthar Netravati Pachaiyar Parambikulam Saraswati Savitri Sharavati Tambaraparani Tapti Tunga Venna

Regions

Desh, Maharashtra Goa
Goa
Gap Konkan Malabar Malenadu North Malabar Kongu Nadu Palakkad Gap Tulu Nadu

Peaks

Agastya Mala Anamudi Anginda Anjaneri Banasura Biligirirangana Betta Brahmagiri Chembra Dhodap Doddabetta Gangamoola Harishchandragad Kalsubai Kemmangundi Kudremukh Kumarikkal Mala Kodachadri Kumara Parvata Meesapulimala Mullayanagiri Marunthuvazh Malai Nedumpara Peak Ponmudi Pushpagiri Paithalmala Raigad Salher Saptashrungi Sispara Sonsogor Tadiandamol Taramati Vavul Mala Vellarimala Ranipuram Vagamon

Hills

Ambanad Hills Anaimalai Hills Biligiriranga Hills Cardamom Hills Nilgiri mountains Satmala Range Selbari Range Palni Hills Trimbakeshwar Range

Waterfalls

Abbey Chunchanakatte Dudhsagar Falls Gokak Irupu Jog Kalhatti Mallalli Falls Sathodi Lushington Sivasamudram Athirapally Falls Vazhachal Falls Hogenakkal

States

Tamil Nadu Gujarat Karnataka Kerala Maharashtra Goa

Parks & Reserves

Annekal Reserved Forest Anshi National Park Aralam Reserved Forest Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve Agasthyavanam Biological Park Bandipur National Park Bannerghatta National Park Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Chandoli National Park Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Dandeli National Park Eravikulam National Park Grass Hills National Park Anamalai Tiger Reserve Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Karian Shola National Park Karnala Bird Sanctuary Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary Kudremukh
Kudremukh
National Park Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Mudumalai National Park Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Mukurthi National Park Nagarhole Rajiv Gandhi National Park New Amarambalam Reserved Forest Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve Palani Hills National Park Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary Periyar National Park Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary SAI Sanctuary Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary Silent Valley National Park Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Places

Bhivpuri Chiplun Chiplun Kalsubai Khandala Kudremukh Kodagu Karjat Kasara Lonavla Lavasa Mahabaleshwar Malshej Ghat Matheran Panchgani Raigad Fort Rajgad Fort Shivneri Fort Tamhini Ghat

Ghats

Amboli Ghat Bhor Ghat Tamhini Ghat Amba Ghat Bhor Road Ghat Chorla Ghat Goa
Goa
Gap Kasara
Kasara
Road Ghat Kumbharli Ghat Malshej Ghat Naneghat Charmadi
Charmadi
ghat Shiradi
Shiradi
ghat Bisle ghat Sampaje
Sampaje
ghat Palakkad Gap Varandha Ghat

Related

Mountains of Kerala Mountains of Maharashtra

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Geography of South Asia

Mountains and plateaus

Himalayas

Mount Everest

Western Ghats Eastern Ghats Aravalli Range Nilgiris Vindhya Range Satpura Range Garo Hills Shivalik Hills Mahabharat Range Khasi Hills Anaimalai Hills Cardamom Hills Sulaiman Mountains Toba Kakar Range Karakoram Hindu
Hindu
Kush Chittagong Hill Tracts Deccan Plateau Thar Desert Makran Chota Nagpur Naga Hills Mysore Plateau Ladakh
Ladakh
Plateau Gandhamardan Hills Malwa

Lowlands and islands

Indo-Gangetic plain Doab Indus Valley Indus River
Indus River
Delta Ganges Basin Ganges Delta Terai Atolls of the Maldives Coromandel Coast Konkan Lakshadweep Andaman and Nicobar Islands Sundarbans Reserve Forest Greater Rann of Kutch Little Rann of Kutch Protected areas in Tamil Nadu

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