Kas Plateau or as popularly called Kas Pathar is a vast plateau in Satara district which during most parts of the year is just a hinterland on the way to Tapola and Mahabaleshwar however come monsoons for two months Kas transforms itself into the number one tourist attraction in this region. The valley of flowers of Maharashtra Kas pathar even overshadows Mahabaleshwar in popularity as a weekend destination during these two months of July and August!
A unique biosphere Kas Pathar or Kas plateau is the valley of flowers of Maharashtra. After monsoons July and August and to a much lesser extend during Sept and Nov this vast plateau turns into a bed of flowers with more than 150 varieties of flowers. The Kas lake is also an ideal picnic spot. If you are visiting Kas beween August to November You may also visit Tapola which is another beautiful destination.
Kas Plateau - The Valley of Flowers..
The Kas Plateau situated amidst high hill plateaus and grasslands turns into a 'valley of flowers' during monsoon season, especially in the month of August. As per the Forest Department?s Board at Kas Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses that are found in Kas. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3-4 weeks during this season. Many of the flowers and plants that grow here are insectivorousvorous.
There are two routes to reach Kas, one the more direct way from Satara and another from Tapola via the link road connecting the popular hillstations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani to Kas Pathar. The link road facilitates tourists in staying in Tapola or Mahabaleshwar after visiting Kas Pathar rather than the Satara town or cutting the weekend picnic short and making it a one day weekend picnic.
Towards the south of the Kas Plateau is the Kas Lake which adds to the beauty of the flower carpet the plateau adorns. Kas lake looks like a bowl carved out of the green verdant mountains. Surrounded by lush greenery Kas Lake is a beautiful location to unpack your picnic basket!
Bamnoli about 15 Kms from Kas is where you can get permits to most exhilarating treks that one can go for in Maharashtra. Vasota fort, located with in the Koyna wild life sanctuary is completely cut off from civilization and can be reached only in a boat. The permit for the trek can be procured from Bamnoli one of the entry points to the Vasota trek. The Nageshwar temple is also worthy of a visit in Vasota!