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Central Highlands, Madagascar

Madagascar Central Highlands form the main center of the island nation.The major cities and towns of the island are located in the Central Highland region of Madagascar. This region is higher than the coastal areas and the elevation of the land escarpment starts at 900 meters. The climate of the Central Highlands is pleasant throughout the year.
One of the most fertile regions in Madagascar, the Central Highlands are well known for the rice fields. The terraces of the Central Highland area are used for the cultivation of rice. The soil layer is suitable for the growth of many sorts of crops, fruits and vegetables. Economy is much dependent on the agricultural produce.

The cities located in the Central Highland region of Madagascar form centers of urban life on the island. The city of Antananarivo serves as the capital of the nation. Other cities like Antsirabe, Andasibe and Fianarantsoa are also located in the Central Highlands of Madagascar. The cities form political, industrial, cultural hubs of the island.

The majority of the people of the Madagascar Central Highlands belong to the ethnic group known as Merina. The other important ethnic group living in the region is the Betsileo. The people have a rich cultural heritage and form important figures in the political sector as well. Considered to be intellectually superior, the people of the Central Highlands have assumed an important place in the country.

Central Highlands of Madagascar abound with spots of tourist attractions. The cities and towns bear witness to the past of the island. Historical monuments and sites offer a glimpse of the history of the region. The exclusive flora and fauna also forms a part of the uniqueness of Central Highlands of Madagascar.

Last Updated : December 09, 2013

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