Kaas Plateau – Valley Of Flowers In Satara, Biodiversity Hotspot

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Colorful floral landscape during the monsoons at Kaas plateau, Satara, Maharashtra
Colorful floral landscape during the monsoons at Kaas plateau, Satara, Maharashtra. Image courtesy Shutterstock

Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar – Valley of Flowers

Celosia Argentea or Silver Cockscomb Flamingo feathers at Kaas
Celosia Argentea or Silver Cockscomb Flamingo feathers blooming

Kaas Plateau is also called the valley of flowers – Maharashtra’s answer to Uttarakhand’s famous valley of flowers. Both the valleys bloom around the same time during the late monsoons season in India i.e in the months of August and September.

Flower Persicaria Glabra at Kaas Plateau
Flower Persicaria Glabra

While the latter requires you to trek through the tough Himalayan terrain after reaching the foothills, you can drive right up to the plateau that lies on one of the many hills of the city of Satara.

Aponogeton Satarensis at Kaas Plateau
Aponogeton Satarensis

Our first encounter on the way to the biodiversity area was with a 2 meter or so long snake that just appeared on the road and took its time to cross the road. The next morning when we walked to the Kaas from MTDC resort where we were staying, we met many of them – peacefully loitering around. Unfortunately, many of them were dead, probably under the wheels of some vehicles but we spotted some mongoose too, so you never know.

Curcuma Caulina flowers
Curcuma Caulina flowers

There are lots of butterflies to spot and enjoy. Due to spread out vistas, capturing them needs a lot of patience.

Eranthemum Roseum at Kaas
Eranthemum Roseum

Changing Colors of Flowers

Flower Cyanotis Tuberosa or Sahyadri dew grass at Kaas
Flower Cyanotis Tuberosa or Sahyadri dew grass

We were told the color of the flowers at Kaas changes every week or so. In the third week of August, it was white flowers that dominated the plateau. Some of them carried hues of pink. There were a lot of micro flowers that needed an eagle eye and a sturdy camera to capture them.

Eriocaulon Heterolepis or Buttonhead Pipewort flower at Kaas
Eriocaulon Heterolepis or Buttonhead Pipewort flower

Kaas lake had some of the blue flowers in its bed. This is also a place where you can get something to eat.

Flower Pinda Concanensis or Konkan Pinda at Kaas
Flower Pinda Concanensis or Konkan Pinda

UNESCO heritage value for Biodiversity?

Habenaria Heyneana or Toothbrush Orchid flower
Habenaria Heyneana or Toothbrush Orchid flower

Kaas being a part of the Western Ghats is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. UNESCO has taken the initiative to barricade the main plateau so that flowers are protected and visitors remain at a safe distance.

Blooming landscape of Pinda Concanensis or Konkan Pinda white flowers
The blooming landscape of Pinda Concanensis or Konkan Pinda white flowers

We were told that before this, tourists would play football in these fields. And destroy the small flowers and flower beds.

Hitchenia Caulina or Indian Arrowroot flower
Hitchenia Caulina or Indian Arrowroot flower

Unfortunately, we could see enough cutouts in those barricades to allow people in. On the plateau, there were paths marked for the people to walk around.

Road passing through the barricaded heritage site
Road passing through the barricaded heritage site

Kaas Lake

Landscape view of the Kaas lake
Landscape view of the Kaas lake

Take a walk around this beautiful natural low lying lake walkable distance away on the road from atop the hill. Here, by the lakeside, you will find several miniature buds/flowers blooming. The vastness by the water body is also a refreshing change from the floral treats.

Tips for Kaas Plateau Visitors

  • The place tends to get cold and strong winds do blow so pack warm clothes accordingly.
  • There are lots of mosquitoes & flies, cover yourself as much as possible. They tend to get into your eyes. Between the two of us, one person fanned away the mosquitoes while the other clicked pictures.
Impatiens Lawii or Laws Balsam
Impatiens Lawii or Laws Balsam
  • Wear closed shoes – snakes and other reptiles are in abundance during the season in this region.
  • Carry a magnifying glass. There are lots of micro flowers that are difficult to see with the naked eye.
  • MTDC has a small 5-room resort at the base of the plateau from where you can walk to the plateau of flowers. It is like a light trek that allows you to see the flowers on the side. And the valley views on both sides of the plateau.
Indian Arrowroot or Hitchenia Caulina in pink colors
Indian Arrowroot or Hitchenia Caulina in pink colors
  • In a book on Kaas plateau, there are about 80 varieties of flowers mentioned. On close study, we found that most of these flowers are found around the country. So, be prepared for that.
  • En-masse flowering happens for a very small period. It seems that for those few days, the place is too crowded. For the rest of the season – you do see some flowers and flower beds. The week we were there, there were ample white flowers and other regular flowers. So, keep that expectation in mind.
Rotheca Serrata or Blue Fountain Bush flower at Kaas Plateau
Rotheca Serrata or Blue Fountain Bush flower
  • We found a lot of similar flowers on other hills of Satara. Do venture out and look for flowers in the vicinity of Kaas too.

Local Transport and Floral Bloom Time

  • Public transport is very limited and unpredictable from and to Satara city. There are no local buses plying after 5 PM.
Neanotis Foetida or Foetid Starviolet
Neanotis Foetida or Foetid Starviolet
  • Check the bloom time before you head to the biodiversity heritage site. Though in general mid-Aug to September end is a good time.
  • The hills and mountains here are essentially made of laterite.
  • The laterite mountains can be very slippery during the monsoons. Take care and definitely do not walk too close to hill/mountain edges wherever they are too steep.
  • The region is also popular for a variety of butterflies, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fungi, mammals, waterfalls, caves & caverns, heritage temples, and fantastic landscapes. Obviously, if there are wildflowers the rest of the dependent nature too flourishes.
  • If you are looking for more places to explore there is the Koyna Dam about 80 KMs away.
  • The region is close to the western ghats in Maharastra, wildlife and wilderness enthusiasts can find a lot of reasons to explore this place. However, winters may be a better time for such explorations.
  • Don’t forget to try out local cuisines, they can be bit spicy, but you can always ask them to moderate the spice level.
  • There are also a few heritage places to visit on the eastern side of the city outskirts.
  • If you can plan well, you can spend a few days exploring the beauty of nature, historical places like the forts, and heritage places at Satara.
Neanotis Subtilis Foetid Starviolet
Neanotis Subtilis Foetid Starviolet

Read my posts on places to visit near Satara and other Tourist Places to visit in Maharashtra.

  1. Thoseghar Waterfall
  2. Satara City of Seven Stars
  3. Places to visit in Kolhapur
  4. Holy City of Nasik or Nashik
  5. Guarding the Konkan Coast – Sindhudurg

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  1. I went a few years ago but didn’t see as many flowers as you did, I think it was early. Still, it’s very beautiful there, there is a small kind of information place with photos of different varieties and also a waterfall…

  2. Visit Bhambavli Vajrai Waterfall and Bhambavli Flower Valley nearby merely 5 km away from Kaas Flower Valley. Best place to visit. It is situated in Satara. for any details, contact Ravindra More @ 9821967717

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