Mountains and Hills of Kerala ( Western Ghats)

Mountains and Hills of Kerala. The mountains and hills of Kerala have played their part in its history. The Western Ghats have formed almost an unbroken wall guarding the eastern frontier and helped the people of Kerala to lead a sheltered life of their own through the centuries. The Ghats range from 3000 ft. to more than 8000 ft. above the sea level. The Anamudi peak in the High Ranges of Idukki district rises to a height of 8841 ft. and represents the highest point in India south of the Himalayas. The Agastyakutam, the southernmost peak in the Ghats, is 6132 ft. above sea level and figures in the popular tradition peaks which form part of the regular Ghats there are several hills which lay dotted here and there over the plain country. Some of the hills of Kerala are important from the political and cultural points of view. Ezhimala or Mount Eli, the conspicuous isolated hill jutting into the sea on the Cannore coast in North Kerala, was in the early centuries of the Christan era the seat of a flourishing kingdom. It has served as well-known landmark for mariners from very early times. The puralimala in Tellicherry taluk played a crucial role in the pazhassi revolt of the British period and it has a place of importance in Kerala history almost akin to that of the Aravali hills in the annals of Rajasthan. Some of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala are located either on the top the hills or in their valleys. The famous Tirunelli Temple in North Wyanad taluk lies in the valley of the Brahmagiri peak 5276 ft. The celebrated Sastha shrine situated on the top of the Sabarimala 3790 ft. in peermede taluk is perhaps the most important centre of Hindu pilgrimage in Kerala. The Catholic church St. Thomas church located on the top of the Malayattur hill 1500 ft. in Alwaye taluk is one of the major centres of Christan pilgrimage in the State. The hills and mountains have thus come to have a religious halo in popular imagination. They have also been of great value in safeguarding the territorial integrity and political freedom of the land. The Western Ghats have prevented large-scale incursions into Kerala by aggressive posers from beyond and have thus acted as a natural wall of protection. The Portuguese who landed on the Kerala Kerala coast were cut of by this mountain barrier from all contact with the interior of Penisular India and prevented from building up a permanent Indian empire. It may be noted that the English who landed on the eastern coast fared better in comparision with the Portuguese.
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