The Deccan Plateau is a large plateau in India, making up most of the southern part of the country. It rises a hundred metres high in the north, and more than a kilometre high in the south, forming a raised triangle within the familiar downward-pointing triangle of the Indian subcontinent’s coastline. It extends over eight Indian states and encompasses a wide range of habitats, covering most of central and southern India. It is located between two mountain ranges, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. Each rises from its respective nearby coastal plain. They almost meet at the southern tip of India. The Deccan Plateau is separated from the Gangetic plain to the north by the Satpura and Vindhya Ranges, which form its northern boundary. The Deccan produced some of the greatest Dynasties in Indian History like the Satavahana dynasty, Vakataka dynasty, Chalukya dynasty, Rashtrakuta dynasty, Western Chalukya Empire, Vijayanagara Empire, Bahmani Sultanate, Deccan Sultanates and Maratha Empire. The name Deccan is an anglicised form of the Bengali word , itself derived from the Sanskrit word , meaning “south”.