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“As others have said...its about timing it right”
Review of Kaas Plateau

Kaas Plateau
Ranked #2 of 43 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 16, 2012

Had visited Kaas plateau on 14th Oct 12 (Sun) with family. The objective of viewing the blooming season was not met after traveling 575 kms in a day to and fro from Mumbai...so we were disappointed...nevertheless it is very scenic place...almost virgin nature with beautiful water bodies around....DSLR / high MP cam is must. A paradise for photography. Dont miss the place. Pre registration on Satara Forest division's Kas website seems not mandatory....but better have it if travelling such long...Narrow roads, with parking 5 kms away from the plateau...buy munching, cold drinks and water at Satara itself....its hardly available up there only at a spot or two that too costlier.

Dont miss driving down to the lake as well...its beautiful.

Seems this place needs to be visited perfectly after rains have almost departed (Sep 15 - 21 kind of time)....though not able to witness bloom when we had been there, I have uploaded few pix as a treat to eyes.

A request: Use trails created by forest department and dont hurt the flora / nature...no littering / plucking please....care for the nature

If heading from Mumbai....it is not one day affair...we were damn tired....suggest overnight at Satara (or reach Pune previous night at least) ...If planing for more than one day (recommended) stay at Mahabaleshwar and drive down to Kaas from there via Mahabaleshwar - Satara highway....u wud love driving...sunrise / sunset worth experiencing

12  Thank kotharidhimant
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We visited the plateau between 21-23 Sept 2012. Flowers were in full bloom. We had to park our car some distance away and walk 2-3 kms to reach the plateau. But the sight of pink, violet, yellow, white flowers was mind boggling. The photographs that I've uploaded speak for themselves.

The best period to visit is just after the rain (mid Sept) to 1st week of October. The flowers wither away once the October heat starts.

The Plateau is 25 km from the city of Satara. To reach Satara, we took the Mumbai Pune expressway. We drove past Pune and reached Satara in 4.5 hours.....a total distance of 260 km from Mumbai. The road is excellent with minimal traffic.

We stayed at the Novant Hill Resort which is enroute from Satara to Kaas.

8  Thank Bijal_Damania
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Visited on the 01st of Oct with reviews that the plateau was not at full-bloom. We were driving from Pune and the drive was absolutely scenic with comfortable roads - Google maps guiding us on. Once you move towards Kaas from Satara, the view along the road builds up ones expectation from the plateau. Roads are narrow from hereon and if you are driving on a heavy traffic day, please ignore the ever so impatient indian driver buddies...after all the place is sure to keep you hooked on! Before you reach the prime plateau, one can see miles and miles of table land covered with green and yellow carpet. It is preferable that one parks the car near the entry point and take the bus to the trail points - in case you dont want to tire yourself; anyways you need to walk a lot through the trails. We saw beautiful colors all around us, surely not at full bloom. A drive to the Kaas lake ahead is highly recommended. And if you have time - the wind mill farms with Thosegar would be an ideal option. All through, one can find miles and miles of colored landscape surrounded by equally beautiful water bodies. Place worth visiting more than once since you are bound to see it pleasantly different with every visit.

2  Thank KunjMurf
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Situated some 280-300 kms from Satara, Kaas is a superb place to visit in late Monsoon or Post-monsoon period, this is the time of full-flower bloom. Awesome place for photographers, but a lot prepration would be needed as it rains regularly there. NH4 to Satara is a good ride/drive, Satara-Kaas stretch is not that good. The place is also connected with NH17 by a road through the serpent ghats. Go prepared for rain and a little walk, as the place is no parking zone. Do respect the plateau and do not to litter...
Fees: 10 per person
Camera: 10 for Mobile, 50 for camera, 100 for long zoom
(Advisable to answer natural calls before entering the preserved zone, there are a few hotels/dhabas.)

4  Thank Unplanned_Wanderer
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Kas Plateau is a lateritic table land, typical of the the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. In the monsoon months the Kas Pathar as it is locally known, transforms into a wildflower wonderland. More particularly so in September when vivid shades of pink balsams, yellow smithias and blue utricularias carpet the vast grasslands. For serious botanists, a visit every ten days from the beginning of June to end October will present you with the entire spectrum of Western Ghats monsoon montane grasslands flora, some of which are rare and endangered.

Satara is the convenient gateway for a visit to Kas with a range of hotels available to suit all budgets. The best way to get from Satara to Kas is by your own vehicle. Failing that, hire an auto rickshaw or a taxi from Satara. Kas is 20km from Satara via Yevteshwar. The beginning of the road for about 3km is currently bumpy but the rest of it is a smooth drive. It takes about 30 to 45min to reach the Kas Pathar, with plenty of photo opportunities en route. The Yevteshwar plateau is a flat ridge with the beautiful Kanher lake on one side and the vast Urmodi reservoir and Sajjangad on the other. Presently there are two hotels: Nivant and Prakruti, both well located at Yevteshwar. Needless to say these are usually booked out in season. By next year there may be a few more guest houses available here.

On weekends, parking at the Kas Pathar is strictly regulated by the local authorities and you may end up having to leave your vehicle about 3km away and then wait for a public bus to take you to the flower zone. Alternately one can park at the Kas Lake which is about 3km below the Kas Pathar and walk up from there. On weekday mornings so far, you can park as close to the Pathar as you like though not within the designated No Parking and fenced area. Everyone who visits has to pay a small fee per head, per camera and per vehicle. If you want to pay in advance of your visit, you may also register on the Forest Department's website kas.ind.in

The entire wildflower zone on the Pathar is now fenced. Visitors may spend as much time as they like and walk through designated pathways on either side of the road traversing the plateau. It is advisable to wear comfortable footwear if you plan on walking far, and do watch out for snakes. Avoid shorts to avoid insect bites. Butterflies and birds are aplenty too and they certainly don't bite!

In September, the weather can change within minutes so what begins as a warm, sunny morning with azure blue skies can suddenly change to billowing clouds, mist and rain. When the skies are blue, the sun can get pretty intense, when it rains it pours and when it is misty, visibility can be near zero - all this from personal experience over several visits! So dress appropriately and keep a waterproof cover handy to protect your camera if not yourself, in case it rains.

Illustrated booklets on the flora of Kas are on sale at nominal prices at the Forest Dept. checkpost as also in most of the hotels in Satara.

After you have had your fill of flowers at Kas, go further to the pretty Kas Lake and even further to Bamnoli on the shores of the vast Koyna Lake [Shiv Sagar]. The same road winds its scenic way along the lake shore to Tapola and then up the mountain to Mahabaleshwar

On weekends and public holidays, makeshift stalls sell tea and snacks along the road to Kas and at the Kas Lake. Otherwise, pack your picnic lunch or have it at Bamnoli where there are a couple of eateries serving hot food.


A visit to Kas can easily be accomplished as a day trip from Pune for those who do not have the time for a longer stay. For those who do not intend spending hours looking at flowers, there is enough time to take in the Thoseghar Falls as well on the same day. Having said that, one can easily spend an enjoyable week in Satara district during the monsoon months.

17  Thank Gita-TA
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