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The district can be divided in to four broad physiographical regions

1. Dewas plateau

2. Kali Sindh Basin

3. Vindhyan Range

4. Middle Narmada valley.

Brief descriptions of these regions are :

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1. Dewas Plateau: This region extends over the north-western part of Sonkatch tahsil and the western part of Dewas tahsil. The hill range which runs north-south from Shajapur tahsil of district extends north-south on the eastern part of this region in the broken form. This region is part of Malwa plateau with higher elevation of the north-east plateau land in the north-west and plain land topography on its south. Lakander, Chhoti Kali-Sindh and Kshipra rivers drain this region. Kshipra river flowing in south-north direction forms the western boundary of this region. Dewas town is situated on the plateau of this region. On the northern part of this region a number of streams flow in south-north direction. Maximum height of this region is 2296 ft. towards north of Dewas town. The conical Chamunda hill having the shrine of Goddess Chamunda on top of it is located in Dewas town of this region.

2. Kalisindh Basin : This region is situated in north eastern part of the district in a vertical column covering major part of Sonkatch tahsil towards south of this region. Kali sindh river flowing in south-north direction on the middle part of this region forms its main drainage system. This is by far the most fertile tract of the district.

3. Vindhyan Range : This region comprises of the Vindhyan hill ranges passes through the middle of the district in a east-west direction forming a narrow strip in higher broken form on the east and broader but lower and irregular towards west. This also forms the northern boundary on the lower half of the district. Spurs of the Vindhyan hill ranges are compicuous towards west of Bagli and Hatpiplaya towns. Kshipra kalisindh rivers have originated from the north of this hill ranges while most of the tributaries of Narmada have originated from the south of vindhyan hill ranges. Maximum height of this region is 2,372 near Bhatpura village in Bagli tahsil and the minimum height is 1,495 near village Palasi of the same tahsil.

4. Middle Narmada Valley : This region comes under Malwa plateau and is situated in the south-eastern part of the district occupying major parts of Kannod and Khategaon tahsils and the lower half of Bagli tahsil. Narmada river flowing east to west forms most of the southern boundary of this region as well as of the district. The middle Narmada valley region is thus bounded by vindhyan hill ranges on the north and Narmada river with its tributaries on the other three sides and lies almost entirely in the catchment of river Narmada and its numerous tributaries sloping towards south. Extensive forests are seen in this region. Maximum height of this region is 1,328 ft. near village Serali in Kannod tahsil and the minimum height is 916 ft. near village Kanjipura in Khategaon tahsil.