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Kaas Pathar (Kaas plateau)

Kaas Pathar, as its locally known, is word heritage site located in Satara distict.

Kaas Pathar, Satara,

Maharashtra, India

The Kaas Plateau, also known as the Kaas Pathar or Kas Sadas, is a plateau situated 25 kilometres west from Satara city in Maharashtra, India. It is situated high hill plateaus and grasslands turns into a ‘valley of flowers‘ during monsoon season, particularly from August to early October.  It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

It is a biodiversity hotspot known for various types of seasonal wild flowers bloom and numerous species of endemic butterflies annually in the months of August and September. It is approximately 10 square kilometers in area. Kaas has more than 850 different species of flowering plants.These include orchids, shrubs such as the Karvy, and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica.

 

Current Status

It is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Due to heavy rush entry is restricted to 3000 people in a day. During weekend and public holidays, online ticket booking is must.

Geography

Kaas plateau is a plateau located around 25 km from Satara.  Kas plateau is 20 km away from Northern part of Koyana Sanctuary.

The various distances of Kas plateau are as follows:

From Satara – 25 km
From Pune – 125 km
From Mumbai – 280 km
From Kolhapur – 150 km
From Sangli – 147 km

How to Reach

There are two ways to reach Kaas. one the more direct way from Satara and another from Tapola via the link road connecting Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani to Kas Pathar.

Near by Places

Kaas lake is on the south of the Kaas Plateau and is surrounded by dense forest. It lies between Sajjangad fort and the Kanher Dam. Koyna project is around 30 km towards the south of Kaas Lake/ Kaas Talav. Vajrai Waterfall is also near from Kaas which is one of India’s highest waterfalls

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