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 or Kaas Pathar alias Valley of Flowers of Maharastra

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.

10 Responses

  1. vorakarn says:

    Great post! Thank you for sharing this information with us. very nice sightseeing in Satara

  2. Chris says:

    This place looks gorgeous. I’m happy that the local authorities limit the number of people who can visit every day. These places should above all be preserved.

  3. daniel says:

    The place looks amazing. I am glad that the amount of tourists has been limited. Hence, I would love to visit it someday soon. Thanks, for the article it will be really helpful for people who want to visit.

    • admin says:

      The limits on the number of tourists is good for the environment. You will never regret your decision to visit this valley of flowers in Maharashtra.

  4. Jenni says:

    How beautiful are the Kas Plateau of Flowers?! Glad to hear there’s a limit to the amount of visitors to preserve them. We need more of that!

  5. Medha says:

    I did not know that there is a Valley of Flowers in Maharashtra and I lived in Mumbai for 3 years! I was quite young back then and not quite the explorer that I am now so I did not end up travelling a lot around the state. However, I did make it to Panchgani. If I had any idea about the Kaas Plateau, I would’ve loved to take a detour! The wildflowers look pretty.

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