Kaas was fabulous. It's not a valley. It's at the top of set of flat hills, a table top of sorts. Some even call it a plateau. The flowers are tiny, but in large numbers, they weave carpets of magical colours. But it's all about timing. You've got to go as the monsoons are finishing, mid to late September.
You could either stay in Satara. The hotels there aren't great, 2 star or so, so keep expectations low. We stayed at Radhika Palace, where the rooms just about sufficed, but the food was great. It takes about 30 - 45 minutes to get to Kaas from Satara. The other option is to stay closer to Wai or Pachgani, where the living options are better, but bake in an hour to get to Kaas from there.
Satara - a 4 hr drive from Mumbai. Wai - 3.5 hrs from Mumbai. Driving is the only option.
No parking at the very top where the flowers are. You'll have to park about 4 kms away and walk it. If you have a driver, or are on a tour bus, then you can get dropped at the spot and picked up later. Take cash since you have to pay if you are carrying a camera. About half a day is enough to take in the sights. But even along the way to Kaas from Satara, you will come across spots where you will see yellow and blue flowers, so be prepared. There is a restaurant and dhaaba at the spot where you park your car, so you can get food and refreshments there.
You have to get on the Kaas website and get a permit in advance to be allowed entry. It's a pretty easy process, if and when the web site works.
If you're a photo buff, take a camera with both wide angle and powerful zoom. Venna river dam and Kass lake offer beautiful wide shots, and the little flowers make some pretty faces when you zoom in.
You can also go to Kaas lake which is at the bottom of the hill. It's very scenic, with a temple, more flowers, and a pristine blue lake.
Oh, and did I mention butterflies??
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