Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar alias Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra
Kaas plateau or Kaas Pathar is a valley with lot of flowers, which is situated at around 25 kilometers west of Satara city, in Maharashtra. It is also known as the “Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra” or “Kaas Plateau of Flowers”. The area comes under the Sahyadri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. It was declared in 2012 as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Kaas is also spelt as Kas.
Kaas plateau is blessed with good rainfall. This makes the area fertile for a very large number of wild flowers. These flowers in turn make the plateau habitat to hundreds of butterfly species. There are around 850 species of flowering plants in the plateau!
Kas Plateau of Flowers is at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level. It is spread over an area of ten square kilometers. Koyana Wildlife Sanctuary is located at around 20 kilometers from Kass.
Entry to Kaas Plateau of Flowers is normally allowed from August 1st to 15th of October. This period is the flowering season for most plants. Herbaceous plants are the main plants seen in this area. Some small shrubs and trees are also seen on the outer periphery of the area.
Kas lake is a man made lake inside the Kass plateau. It was build around 100 years back. This lake supplies water to Satara city.
Don’t confuse this valley of flowers with the Himalayan Valley of Flowers. That is much more beautiful and very very hard to access. You need to trek for 3 days from Joshimath to go the Himalayan valley of flowers in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state (including return trekking).
How Do I Go to Kaas Plateau or the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra?
Satara city is the nearest city to the plateau. There is another road from Tapola, through the link road, connecting Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, to Kas Plateau.
Pune and Mumbai cities is at a distance of around 125 and 280 kilometers, receptively from the Kaas Plateau of Flowers.
Entry Passes to the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra
Entry to Kaa Pathar or Kaas plateau is limited to 3000 persons per day. Entry passes are available online. Online booking to Kass Plateau is compulsory on Weekends and on other public holidays.
The charges are Rs 100 per person. There is no entry fee for children, aged up to 12 years. Senior citizens can also enter the Valley of flowers in Maharashtra, free of cost. Entry is free also for the soldiers, ex-soldiers and their spouses. Please carry your ID proof while going to this plateau.