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“It's all about colors, it's all about timing”
Review of Kaas Plateau

Kaas Plateau
Ranked #2 of 47 things to do in Satara
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 7, 2012

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.

Travel tips:
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??

7  Thank ChetanRoy
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

no pvt. cars allowed.
food & water is very expensive.. better to buy at Satara City... You should go to Satara by bus/pvt car on prior night... stay at hotel then get up in early morning and go b'4 8 am sothat you could enjoy it without crowd... so have a fun and enjoy

2  Thank vikram1980_2
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We were a group of 20 people who went to Kas yesterday (30 Sept, 2012) but were little disappointed as the flowers were not blossomed as such and the scene was completely, totally different from what I saw in their website. I was told by Kas's security uncle that there was so much heat from last couple of weeks due to which the flowers were drowsy. But I am sure there is no such place in Maharashtra which is so mesmerizing and could actually imaging if the flowers were blossomed completely then yesterday would have been the great day for me.

I am definitely going there next year and if possible I'll stay there for 2-3 nights just to admire the nature's beauty.

In a nutshell, I would recommend each and everyone to visit this amazing place.

1  Thank Romation
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

brilliant, rain and coooool breezewe were told there would be more flowers blooming in two weeks .. and hope to go back soon.

3  Thank adriennevirgo
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Kaas Plateau, 27 km. from Satara has been incl. in the Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO this year and deservedly so. It has a unique topography in that the plateau has laterite soil, hence the flowers blossom primarily between Aug. and mid-Oct. due to the effect of monsoon and from end-Dec. onwards, it once again becomes barren. Most of the flowers are tiny and to observe at close quarters, one has to painstakingly walk on the trails created by the Forest Dept. to stop people trampling the flowers all over. The place has an almost ethereal atmosphere in the monsoon due to the constant mist. Every week the flower variety keeps on changing and some of the flowers are of the insectivorous kind. It is to be remembered that besides the actual plateau, the ghats/slopes leading to the plateau has also good variety, some species not found on the actual plateau itself. The trip would be enhanced if one went with a knowledgeable organisation whose representatives help in explaining the names and particular qualities. The Kaas Lake is further 3-4 km. down from the Plateau and when we went in early Sept., during our stay of about an hour, it was completely covered in mist but it also looked beautiful. It is the lake which supplies water to Satara and unfortunately, a lot of refreshment stalls have come up resulting in filth/plastic, etc. particularly on weekends. I would recommend at rip to the 2 places on week-days as they have become very famous in the past 2-3 years leading to hordes of people descending on week-ends, majority of which are ignorant of the concept of eco-tourism.

5  Thank Kashmalan D
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