Kaas Plateau : Valley Of Flowers

Kaas Plateau : Valley Of Flowers

Kaas Plateau : Valley Of Flowers

Someday in 2009, we had been driving by means of rural Maharashtra trying to find a location for a movie shoot. Close to Satara, alongside an unknown hill highway, we seen giant patches filled with yellow wildflowers. Pleasantly stunned by this phenomenon, we took pictures and moved on. Round 3/4 years later we learnt the situation was Kaas Plateau and in 2010 UNESCO granted it the protected standing of World Heritage Web site. We had chanced upon the Kaas Plateau Valley of Flowers (also referred to as Kas Pathar)!

For a few years after that, our hearts yearned to return. We noticed individuals posting photographs of attractive flowers from Kaas Plateau, and now that we had been extra conscious of its significance we undoubtedly needed to go to correctly. However for some purpose, the final week of monsoons, which is the perfect time to go to Kaas Plateau, can also be an excellent busy time for us. Nevertheless in 2019, we determined to make a brief two day journey. Two days as a result of Kaas is finest visited early morning and we’d like no less than 7 hours to journey from Mumbai. So that you want in the future to succeed in, go to Kaas the following morning then return by night time.

So off we drove in the direction of Satara. The rains had been very heavy in 2019 and we had been listening to of instances of very heavy rains round Pune. However we drove on and reached close to Kaas Plateau by the night. Enroute, we had booked a spot in a village subsequent to the gorgeous river Urmodi. (Not mentioning the place, as a result of although it was stunning, it had very mouldy partitions, main to an enormous allergy assault).

I need to point out at this level, to go to Kaas Plateau one has to make an advance reserving on-line from this official Kaas Plateau web site, for Rs 100 per head. The benefit of that is they’ve restricted the entire variety of every day guests to 3000. There are three time slots : 7-11AM, 11AM-3PM, 3-6PM. We really feel the primary and final slots are finest for gentle.

We obtained late within the morning so booked the 11-3 slot and realised it was a mistake. It is extremely, very popular up there within the Kaas Plateau. And its an enormous space it’s important to stroll within the prime solar, plus it’s additionally a crowded slot. So be aware to self: morning or night slot subsequent time.

Kas Pathar
Kaas Plateau is a beautiful hill of rolling meadows…
Polyura athamas
The gorgeous Polyura athamas butterfly. Also called Charaxes bharata, seen ingesting mineralised moisture from dung. Most likely a male.
Wedelia urticifolia
The drive into a lot of the Sahyadris is adorned with these stunning flowers referred to as Khurasan in Marathi, or Wedelia urticifolia. Monsoons are really a flower lover’s delight within the Sahyadris.
Exacum pumilum
The gorgeous flowers of Exacum pumilum… They flower inb September and October.
Macroptilium atropurpureum
This stunning flower, photographed close to Satara is a leguminous climber referred to as Macroptilium atropurpureum. A local to the tropical areas of North, Central and South America, it was launched as meals for livestock to many tropical areas of the world.
Indian Hooded Dartlet
Indian Hooded Dartlet (Agricnemis kalinga) damselfly on what seems to be like an Alternanthera paronychioides flower.
Duranta erecta
What seems to be like a Duranta erecta. It’s a plant native to Mexico and South America.
Meadow of Yellow Flowers at Kas Pathar
Lovely meadows of flowers at Kas Pathar
Adelocaryum coelestinum
Adelocaryum coelestinum, generally known as Nisurdi in Marathi. These stunning flowers are endemic to the Western Ghats.
Ka Pathar
Fortunately the flowering area is fenced off…
Smithia hirsuta
A patch filled with blossoming Smithia hirsuta.
Utricularia purpurascens and Eriocaulon sedgwickii
Utricularia purpurascens (purple) and Eriocaulon sedgwickii (white) flowers on Kaas Plateau.
Numphoides indica
A bit of forward into the stroll, there may be stunning lake. This aquatic plant is frequent to tropical areas of the world. This one was photographed within the hill prime lies of Maharashtra. Numphoides indica spreads by rhizomes and the flowers typically have 5 petals although generally they’ll have extra.
Pogostemon deccanensis
A subject wealthy with Pogostemon deccanensis.
Cicindela whithilli
A pair of mating Cicindela whithilli (Inexperienced Tiger Beetles), seen generally at Kaas Plateau
Dipcadi montanum
Dipcadi montanum, also referred to as Deepkadi in Marathi.
Pogostemon deccanensis
Pogostemon deccanensis. Also called Jambhli Manjiri in Marathi, this stunning purple flower plant grows close to shallow water our bodies. Discovered abundantly in Kaas.
Smithia hirsuta
Smithia hirsuta. This stunning tiny flower blossoms in September – October and covers huge landscapes in its flourish.
Impatiens lawii
Impatiens lawii or Jambhla terda
Kas Pathar meadow
The Kaas Plateau is a good looking mixture of rolling grasslands and within the monsoons, many puddles in it…
Delicate Ecosystem
Kaas is a really delicate ecosystem. Please DO NOT do what this couple is doing. Don’t step on the vegetation, don’t enter the flower patches to get an excellent photograph. There are strolling trails marked by the forest division, please comply with these.

What’s the finest time to go to Kaas Plateau : Valley of Flowers?

Many of the flowers at Kaas are annuals and bloom within the monsoons, when ample rain falls right here. One of the best time to go to is simply because the monsoons are getting over, which is August and September (be certain that the Corona Virus Lockdown is over). Virtually each week throughout this time, totally different species of crops bloom. Summers are very popular and dry, and winters, chilly and dry. There’s a skinny layer of soil over the rocky lateritic rock shaped from historical volcanic eruptions. The huge distinction in seasons creates a singular ecology right here. Make your bookings from this official website earlier than you permit residence since solely restricted tickets can be found and it quickly will get offered out.

Be a accountable traveller. Because the solar may be very scorching in Kaas Plateau bear in mind to hold a solar cap. Since it’s a very delicate ecosystem, don’t step on the crops, don’t pluck the flowers, don’t attempt to carry any crops or different souvenirs residence to your backyard. (Your house backyard could have its personal pure species of flowers, you simply have to find them.)

Carry a refillable bottle of water per particular person so that you keep away from shopping for plastic bottles. Loads of village girls promote handmade bhakris (jowar/bajra or rice flour rotis) with thechcha (conventional Maharashtrian chutney made with garlic and inexperienced chillies), think about shopping for these as a substitute of plastic packet snacks. Or carry your individual.

Kaas Plateau is a singular and wealthy biodiversity area. We should rejoice and shield it in any respect prices.