Deccan at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Peninsula of India south of the Narmada River. In a more restricted sense, it is the tableland between the Narmada and Krishna rivers, comprising Maharashtra and parts of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Orissa. Its average elevation is about 2,000 feet (600 m). Its principal rivers, the Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri, flow from the W. Ghats eastward to the Bay of Bengal. Its early inhabitants were a Dravidian population not reached by the 2d millennium BC Aryan invasion. Ruled by Mauryan (4th-2nd cent. BC) and Gupta (4th-6th cent. AD) dynasties, it became an independent Muslim kingdom in 1347. Later split up into five Muslim sultanates, Deccan was largely conquered by the Mughal dynasty in the 17th cent. In the 18th cent. it was the scene of rivalry between the British and French, and subsequently of the British struggle against the Maratha Confederacy. It remained under British control until India gained independence in 1947.