The Malabar coast has a rainfall of 150 in., and the clouds on the Western Ghats sometimes obscure the sun for months at a time.
The Western Ghats, rising to a height of 3000 to 6000 ft., fringe the eastern boundary.
Kolhapur stretches from the heart of the Western Ghats eastwards into the plain of the Deccan.
Mahabaleshwar occupies the summit of a ridge of the Western Ghats, with a general elevation of 4500 ft. above sea-level.
The Western Ghats form the great sea-wall of the Bombay presidency, with only a narrow strip between them and the shore.
The upper slopes of the Western Ghats are abundantly clothed with magnificent forests, and wild animals abound.
It lies in the south of the peninsula, on the plateau of the Western Ghats, sloping inland towards Mysore.
The other two sides of the elevated southern triangle are known as the Eastern and Western Ghats.