Malabar Coast

Malabar Coast
Bekal Fort Beach, Kerala.

The Malabar Coast is a long and narrow coastline on the south-western shore line of the mainland Indian subcontinent. Geographically, it comprises the wettest regions of southern India, as the Western Ghats intercept the moisture-laden monsoon rains, especially on their westward-facing mountain slopes. The term "Malabar Coast" is also sometimes used in reference to the entire Indian coast from the western coast of Konkan to the tip of the subcontinent at Cape Comorin.



Fishing in Mukkah, near Mangalore, Karnataka.

The Malabar Coast, in historical contexts, refers to India's southwestern coast, lying on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea. The coast runs from south of Goa to Cape Comorin on India's southern tip. India's southeastern coast, by comparison, is called the Coromandel Coast.

The Malabar Coast is also sometimes used as an all encompassing term for the entire Indian coast from Konkan to the tip of the subcontinent at Cape Comorin. It is over 845 km (525 mi) long. It spans from the coast of southwestern Maharashtra and goes along the region of Goa, through the entire western coast of Karnataka and Kerala and reaches to Kanyakumari. It is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. The southern part of this narrow coast is referred to as the South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests.

Recorded history

The Malabar Coast, throughout recorded history, right from 3000 BC, had been a major trading center in commercial intercourse with Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Jerusalem and the Arabs. It has old and still functional port cities, notably Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kannur (Cannanore), Oddeway Torre settlement (both part of Danish India), which have served as centers of the Indian Ocean trade, for centuries.

Because of their orientation to the sea and to maritime commerce, the Malabar coast cities feel very cosmopolitan, and hosted some of the first groups of Syrian Christians, Jews and Muslims in India.

Cultural references

The Irish folksong Coast of Malabar, performed by Tommy Makem and The Chieftains among others, is a lilting romantic air.

The "Malabar front" was a location mentioned in George Orwell's 1984 where men of the fictional country of Oceania fought.

See also

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