NCERT Class 4 Geography: The Coastal Plains and Islands of India Complete Notes (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Key Notes –

1. Our country has a very long coastline (about 6000 km) that surrounds the peninsular plateau.

2. The Coastal Plain is the narrow strip of plain which lies between the sea and the Ghats (Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats)

Coasts of India

3. The western coastal plains are divided into three parts –

  • The Gujarat coast,
  • The Konkan coast and
  • The Malabar Coast

4. The Konkan Coast extends from Gujarat coast up to Goa. Mumbai, the biggest port in India is located in this region.

5. The Malabar Coast extends from Goa to Kanyakumari. Lagoons are found all along the coast.

6. When the sand bars in the coasts enclose water, they form lakes called lagoons.

Lagoons and Backwaters

7. These lagoons are also called backwaters. The climate of this region is hot and humid throughout the year.

8. The eastern coast stretches from the Ganga delta in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. The northern part of the eastern coastal plain is called the Northern Circars and the southern part is called the Coromandal coast.

Ports in the Western Coastal PlainPorts in the Eastern Coastal Plain
  • Kandla (Gujarat)
  • Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru port (Maharashtra)
  • Marmugao (Goa)
  • New Mangalore (Karnataka)
  • Cochin (Kerala)
  • Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu)
  • Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  • Ennore (Tamil Nadu)
  • Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Paradip (Orissa)
  • Kolkata (West Bengal)
  • Haldia (West Bengal)

9. The soil along the coast is very fertile. Rice is the most important crop in this region and it is called the β€˜Rice Bowl’ of India.

10. Differences between the eastern and Western coastal plains are

  • The Western coastal plain is narrow and the Eastern coastal plain is broad.
  • The rivers on the eastern coastal plain form delta.

11. Many rivers drains through the Coastal Plains

Rivers on Eastern and Western Coasts
Rivers in the Western Coast (Arabian Sea)Rivers in the Eastern Coast (Bay of Bengal
  • Sabarmati
  • Mahi
  • Narmada
  • Tapi
  • Periyar
  • Godavari
  • Mahanadi
  • Krishna
  • Kaveri

12. The two groups of islands in our country are

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Lakshadweep

13. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are two island groups located in the eastern Bay of Bengal.

14. There are about 293 small and big islands in this group.

15. Port Blair is the capital of this group of islands.

16. The Southern tip of the islands is called the Indira Point. This is the southernmost point of India.

17. The Lakshadweep islands are group of 36 coral islands in the Arabian Sea.

18. Lakshadweep stretches about 32 sq. km. It is the smallest Union territories of India.

19. Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep.

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