Wanderlust Tales #6: a valley of Flowers in Maharashtra

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From Wanderlust Tales of theWanderingSoul

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Have you ever been to a place filled with a carpet of colourful flowers? Do you know we have one such place in Maharashtra, just a few hours drive from Mumbai?

The Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar situated 280 km from the city of Mumbai and 25 km from Satara is another mesmerizing place. Every year during monsoon mother nature unfolds one of its miracles in the form of beautiful flowers in the entire Kaas Plateau. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, this plateau is home to more than 850 flowering plant species and among them, many are endemic to the Kaas Plateau. The orchids are in full bloom in the months of August-Sept-October and this place remains crowded with tourists especially on the weekends.

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”~ Victor Hugo
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“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”

 

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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” ― Iris

 

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“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ― Susan Polis Schutz
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Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.~Luther

Special Tips from  theWanderingSoul

  • Reach the plateau as early as possible so that you can spend ample time at the plateau as the route to the Kaas is one-way and it remains clogged with vehicles. It took us around 2-3 hrs to cover a distance of few km before we reached the parking area near Kaas Plateau.
  • Join a naturalist if possible. Learning about the different floral species at this bio-diversity hotspot as you move around, will be an enriching experience.
  • Several people visit Kaas for a one-day picnic and leave all the trash behind spoiling its astounding beauty. The wisest of people would refrain from doing it.
  • Entry tickets and camera passes can be obtained online as well as offline. Counters are available at the plateau.
  • In an effort to protect the plateau, only 3000 tourists per day will be allowed to visit Kaas starting this year.
  • Kaas can be visited any time of the year but to see it in all its glory, the monsoon is the time. Theoseghar waterfall can also be visited which we missed on our trip to Kaas.
  • Satara is well connected to other major cities in the country. Drive down or take a train till Satara and then take a bus from Satara bus stand for Kaas Pathar or reserve a private vehicle.
  • One can also reach Kaas from Tapola via Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani link road.
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“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” ~Kokuzo

 


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8 comments

  1. Thanku! For this article…
    I have a PhD in Plant Physiology (Botany) and I am a Plant Researcher by profession and thus I work very close to nature and feel blessed. My subject & my work gives me opportunity to visit beautiful places like this. But I am surprised that I have never heard about this place. Now I will make sure I visit this place…there is so much to learn & see in this one life!!!

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