Satara Tourism

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Srinivasa prasath

Srinivasa prasath

10 reviews

Chasing Monsoon and Wildflowers Bloom in Sahyadri!

Ever since I read about Kaas plateau, a valley of colorful wildflowers in the western ghats, I was waiting for a nice opportunity to visit the place and experience the beauty of Nature. This year an opportunity came in the form of visiting relatives in Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi. We happily included Satara in the itinerary. After a brilliant festival vacation in Mumbai, we reached Satara to visit Kaas. Even though many travelers recommended visiting Kaas in the last week of August, to our slight disappointment the heavy monsoon this year has stumped the growth of flowers to a great extent. While the rain-drenched, reenacted Sahyadris was still a treat to our eyes, we missed a variety of flowers that would have otherwise added a lot of colors to the reenacted mountains! But one thing I realized, visiting Kaas during full bloom is certainly one experience but there is a definite advantage in visiting slightly early. Like having an entire treasure trove for ourselves, we literally had the entire valley for ourselves. No tourist crowd, no traffic jam, no loud noise of vehicles and crazy tourists. We could enjoy silence and peaceful sounds of Nature. Dark clouds and occasional drizzle added to the mood. Long walk from Kaas Patthar to Kumudini lake in the monsoon weather is something to remember!
After spending enough time in Kaas to our heart's content, we drove down to Bamnoli for a boat ride in the Koyna river, surrounded by mountains in all directions. Just when we reached Bamnoli the dark clouds rolled in and a thunderstorm broke loose. We didn't let the bad weather dampen our spirits. We got down to enjoy the rains and the beautiful natural setting of the village. Towering mountains and the winding Koyna river are a treat to sore eyes from the city! As the weather got worse and the clouds rolled in, we were compelled to return back to Kaas. Oh, the beautiful panoramic view from the road after the steep climb from Bamnoli is something one has to see to experience !!
I had booked our night stay in the Kaas village to experience life in the village and secondly to visit Vajrai waterfalls next day. While the simple village home food certainly exceeded our expectations, the room as such was a letdown. Even though it had a good bed and warm blankets, sadly, it did not have a fan as the owner thought it was unnecessary for the weather! Thankfully we had a decent sleep that night, in spite of the trouble.
The viewpoint of Vajrai waterfall was a casual stroll outside the village. Staying in the village gave us a clear advantage of visiting the place early in the morning before any crowd got there. We enjoyed the serene view of mountains and waterfall while sipping a hot cup of tea from a lone tea stall nearby. Being a little adventurous, I trekked down a bit through a narrow slippery stretch (which I definitely not recommend for the regular crowd) to get a better view of the waterfall and thought it was worth the effort. After spending time in the lap of Nature, we drove back to Satara via Kaas.
A piece of advice to travelers visiting Kaas - Kaas is a UNESCO world heritage site and an eco-sensitive bio-diversity zone. Please be responsible and don't carry plastics. Respect Nature. Don't stomp on the flowers or attempt to pluck them. Monsoon is the right time to see the flowers in full bloom but double confirm with your hotel/accommodation before you travel all the way to avoid disappointment. Pack your dress carefully for the rains. Raincoat and umbrella should definitely be on your list of items to carry. Do remember, Kaas has an entry ticket and only limited number of people are allowed per day. One can book their ticket online to beat the crowd (lol, we did not have a single soul in sight as we were slightly early for the bloom this year). I highly recommend adding Bamnoli to the itinerary. Finally, travel safe and travel responsibly.

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Shubhankar karande

Shubhankar karande4.3/5

6 reviews

Most suitable weekend destination

We were here for business purpose how ever we enjoyed this place as a perfect weekend destination. Comparatively calm and small town in western ghat. Good connect with National Highway and Railway too. Wonderful location in the range of mountains and hills. Good places to visit.

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Satara Overview

Satara is located in the Satara District of Maharashtra and is spread over an area of 10,484 square km. The name of this town has been derived from the seven mountains surrounding the place implying sat (seven) and tara (hills).

It is situated 2320 feet above sea level, near the assemblage point of Krishna River and its tributary, Venna. It lies 112 km south of Pune and at the feet of the Sahyadri range of mountains. It is surrounded by Pune District in the north, Solapur district in the east, Sangli district in the south and Ratnagiri in the west.

Karad is the oldest place in Satara, which is evident by old historical inscriptions that belong to 200 B.C. Satara, was also a part of the Mauryan Empire between 451 and 455 A.D. Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, occupied this region in the year 1663. The district became a part of the Bombay Presidency in the year 1848, and became a district of Maharashtra after India’s independence.

Satara is popular as an untouched tourist destination that experiences mass bloom of rare species of flowers on the Kas Plateau, September onwards, after the monsoon. Laterite plateaus are also found at several places in the Western Ghats that is transformed into carpets of colourful flowers after mid August.

The place is also famous for its two main rivers, namely Koyna and Krishna. Krishna is among the three largest sacred rivers of southern India and starts from the eastern brow of the Mahabaleshwar Plateau. Small feeders of the Krishna River include Kundali, Urmodi, Venna, and Tarali. Koyna is the largest tributary of the Krishna River.

The Ajinkyatara Fort of Satara District is situated at the Ajinkyatara Mountain, which is 3000 feet high and provides a complete view of the whole town. The Fort is a historic site and was used in the ancient times to keep a watch on entire south Maharashtra.

The Fort also comprises ancient temples namely Devi Mangalai, Lord Shankar and Lord Hanuman temple, along with some other forts like Nandgiri and Chandan-Vandan. The Sajjangarh Fort is also a popular religious attraction of Satara, which contains the mausoleum of Samarth Ramdas.

The Koteshwar Mandir, also known as the age-old temple, is a famous tourist destination in Satara, constructed during the 16th century. The temple is dedicated to the chief deity Lord Shiva and is a popular pilgrimage destination for worshippers during the festive season of Maha Shivratri.

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