The Kaas Plateau is situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range, 22 kilometers from Satara city. And is known for various types of wild flowers which bloom during August-September every year. It has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) . Kaas lake is on the south of the Kaas Plateau and is surrounded by dense forests and lies between Sajjangad fort and the Kanher Dam. It is just like a bowl carved out of the Sahyadri mountains. Koyna project is around 30 km towards the south of Kaas Lake. Apart from these, there are number of other scenic places like caves, picnic spots, boating places, temples etc. Which not only attract tourists from all parts of the world. The place is a hub of scenic beauty, wildlife and holy places. Vajarai Waterfall is also near from Kaas which is India's highest waterfall now .
The famous Maharashtra's valley of flower was to our dismay not at its best this year. Hardly 20% of this plateau was filled with flower. But even with what we saw I am now hungrier for the site when I can witness the plateau at its full glory. We spent around 3 hours on this plateau but still we felt we needed some more time. As you enter the base village from where you start your journey to kaas plateau itself is so beautiful that it just fills in more eagerness to view the plateau . . Even the road in its self is so beautiful that when you leaving from there you never want it to end. As I had already mentioned that the plateau had not bloomed completed we just had few lucky patches. We saw some pink, yellow, purple and white blooms in masses. We also spotted few other blooms of different colors scattered around the plateau. The valley views and the black clouds made it more scenic. But seriously even I would suggest as many have already said this place should be visited at least once. After reaching first we had our packed lunch siting under a shade of a tree. Then we started our journey to see the other side of the plateau, almost for about 45 minutes we could only spot green carpet with some flowers scattered here and there. After a fair walk at some distance we spotted few people were taking picture against a pink patch. From where we were it was difficult to make out whether it was flower or mud patch. So few people among us decide to go and check out whether it is flower patch or we are just assuming it. After few minutes when those guys signaled us that they are indeed patches of flower. A shiver of excitement ran through, finally we could get to see some awesome sight. And indeed it made our trip a worthy one. Some walk along give some more glimpses of what actually we heard is true. Probably we would have got a much better site if we would have delayed our trip by another few days. As it started raining as we left that place and it was raining for next two days as we were exploring Wai and Mahabaleshwar. So I think rain showers would have brought some more blooms with it. I would like mention one more thing, while I was there some guys were distributing bags to collect things we want to discard so that place remains clean. I salute those guys as they were roaming in sun distributing these bags to all people visiting the plateau. One more request please don't thrash the plant to make a place to sit in the flower bed to click an awesome pic, please it's a genuine request let's not ruin our treasures.
Kas Plateau, well known as Maharashtra's Valley of Flowers is famous for the variety of flowers blooming during monsoon and post monsoon period. Kas plateau is situated at a distance of 23 km from Satara city. Satara is 2320 ft. above sea-level. Satara City is surrounded by seven hills. In this hilly area, climate is tropical wet and dry. The temperature of Satara City varies in the range 39°C-45°C in summer and 5°C-20°C in winter.
Kas Plateau is a home for millions of flowers in late monsoons. More than 300 varieties of wild flowers, herbs, orchids, shrubs, insectivorous plants etc. can be seen between August and November. This plateau overlooks the lush evergreen forest that serves as a water catchment area of Koyna Dam, Chandoli National Park and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary which was recently declared as Sahyadri Tiger reserve. Best time to visit Kas Plateau is between September and March.
Kas Plateau is also known for the variety of birds that are seen in monsoons, with good sightings of crested buntings, Malabar Crested Larks, Oriental White-eyes and Bonelli’s Eagle. Another main attraction near Kas Plateau is the Kas Lake which is 3 km away, located between two hill slopes with dam constructed on the third side.
Best way to reach Kas Plateau is by road. Kas Plateau is located at a distance of 23 km from Satara city. Satara is one of the oldest cities in Maharashtra near Pune. Kas Plateau and Lake are situated at about 133 km from Pune.