The Central Highlands in India are composed of three main plateaus, namely the Malwa plateau, the Deccan Plateau and Chota Nagpur Plateau. 

The Malwa Plateau in the west, the Deccan Plateau in the south (covering majority of the Indian peninsula) and the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the east are the most important regions of Indian subcontinent and the central highlands in India. The Malwa Plateau is located in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The average altitude of the Malwa plateau is 500 metres, and the landscape generally slopes towards the north. The Chambal River and its tributaries drain most of the region; the upper reaches of the Mahi River drain the western part. 
Central islands are also called as malwa plateau. They are situated above the river narmada in north india.