The Plateau of flowers: Kaas, Maharashtra
Located at an altitude of 4,068 feet above sea level and about 25 km away from the town of Satara in the state of Maharashtra lies the plateau of flowers. This plateau is the Western Ghats reply to the Himalayan valley of flowers in the state of Uttarakhand.
The best way to reach the plateau from Satara is to drive there either by a private car or a hired one since the state transport or ST buses that ply in that direction are very unreliable. The town of Satara is very well connected to neighboring cities of Mumbai and Pune by road and also has very good railway connectivity.
Kaas—the plateau of flowers as its name suggests is during the monsoon a sight to behold with the lush green hills all around the plateau and the flowers that bloom make the plateau a never ending bed of flowers that attracts not only nature lovers but also people from all age groups coming to have a glimpse of the numerous beautiful flowers.
Kaas plateau attracts a huge amount of crowds and that is evident from the fact that one has to walk the last one kilometer to the entry since cars are parked all along on either side of the road. The only way to avoid this is by getting there well before sunrise.
This plateau is a barren land with brown soil for the rest of the year when the flowers do not bloom. But during the monsoon this plateau comes to life and becomes home to an amazing variety of flowers and wildlife.
One will have to buy an entry ticket at the entrance of Kaas plateau. The money is used to maintain and look after the plateau. The ticket also has the dos and don’ts written in Marathi on it. There are also massive notice boards which also have the instructions right at the entrance of the plateau.
It is advised not to pluck flowers or throw any trash. Heavy fines are imposed on people who are found violating any of the rules. It is also requested not to stamp on the flowers since it spoils the natural beauty.
Kaas plateau is a photographers dream and one will realize that when they get there as time will just fly away. Always try making it for the sunrise to the plateau of flowers as the colors of the sky are just brilliant and even photographs can’t do justice to how beautiful the place is when dawn breaks.
At least a good 3 to 4 hours if not more to admire the natural beauty of the place. The flowers bloom for just six to eight weeks of the year and the best time to visit the Kaas plateau is from the first week of September to the second week of October.
Kaas also has a small lake nearby; which is easily approachable by driving down the curves climbing down from the Kaas plateau one will notice a sign on the left saying – Kaas Talav (Kaas Lake). The lake is a natural tranquil and is surrounded by thick dense forests. It is a face camping spot for people who want to spend a night out in the open.
While visiting Kaas plateau it is better to stay at Satara since getting transport is much easier but all the hotels, guest houses and lodges are very rigid and refuse accommodation to everyone except married couples and families.
The only place which accepts all kinds of travelers is Sai Palace lodge which is about one kilometer down the road from the bus station. This place unlike the others in the town has very friendly staff and accepts all kinds of visitors from solo travelers to backpackers.
Kaas the plateau of flowers thoroughly is a dream come true for all kinds of travelers. The hundreds of flowers of different colours will leave you spell bound for months together after the trip to Kaas plateau.
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