Kaas Plateau of Wildflowers - September 2010

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Kas Kaas Kass Satara wildflowers "Western Ghats" Maharashtra India "lateritic plateau"
Radhika Palace Hotel, Hotel Rajtara
"Kas plateau" "Kaas plateau" "plateau of flowers" "Kas wildflower plateau" "Kas pathar" "Kaas pathar" "Satara district"
What I did
Kaas "Plateau of flowers" "Kaas wildflowers" "Plateau of wildflowers" "Western Ghats" "Kaas plateau of flowers"
"Wildflower of the Western Ghats"

Flag of India  , Mahārāshtra,
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Kaas Plateau is a vast lateritic grassy plateau at an
altitude of approximately 1000m AMSL, just outside Satara city,
Maharashtra, in the Sahyadri cluster of the Western Ghats chain of
mountains.    With abundant rainfall, bright mountain sunshine and a
high dew
point, the lateritic table lands [locally called Pathar or Sada] and
gentle slopes transform into
riotous coloured flower fields every monsoon from mid July to mid
October. 













A
good motorable road going from Satara [Nana Chowk] to Bamnoli village
on the shores of the Koyna lake, traverses the area generically known as
the Kas / Kaas Plateau.


ST buses and other vehicles plying the Satara Kas Bamnoli route




























The Urmodi reservoir seen on the left of the Satara to Kas road.  Sajjangad fort is visible in the top left.














The Petreshwar small table land along the Kas road.  A footpath leads to the temple of Lord Siva on top.














The actual Kas PATHAR [stone] with small patches of original forest below.


















No
photographs, no description, nothing, can quite prepare one for the
spectacular sight of wildflowers in mass, glorious bloom on the vast
plateau of Kas.






















 





















Unfortunately,
due to the huge influx of tourists, the plateau also now sees a
proportional increase in trash.  I can never understand why people
cannot take their picnic rubbish back with them.  What pleasure does
anyone get by defiling nature with empty chips packets, plastic Bisleri
bottles and worse still, broken glass beer bottles ?  Most of these
litterers are educated people who consciously throw rubbish in such
places, knowing fully well that they are destroying the environment by
doing so.  They just could not care less.   Some of the local village
schoolchildren near Kas told me that once a year, they and students from
surrounding schools, are taken to Kas and made to collect all the
litter.  Very noble, but is it fair for these poor children to clear
other peoples rubbish that ought not to have been generated in the first
place?    How much can the authorities do if  our collective
"intelligent" Indian littering mentality does not change.

A local
Satara medical doctor Dr Sandeep Shrotri and his wife have formed an
NGO called Ranwata to push for the preservation of Kas and other
threatened biodiversity spots in the area.   Dr Shrotri has published a
handy guide book "Kaas Plateau of Flowers".



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View of Urmodi lake from Kas plateau



















View of Kanher lake from Kas plateau





















Kas Lake further
down the plateau from the wildflower table lands, supplies drinking
water to Satara city.  Right now it is full thanks to an abundant
monsoon.  Disgustingly, drunken revellers throw beer bottles here so the
shores are full of glass shards..........


 



























































A
shepherd walking in the rain along a quiet forest road a little further
caught our fancy.   He was happy to chat with
us.
















































Bamnoli and the Koyna lake [Shivsagar] backwaters are at the end of the road







































We enjoyed a pleasant walk on the gentle grassy slopes around Bamnoli.































A couple of local village ladies passing by exchanged pleasantries






 A not so good
road leads from Bamnoli to Tapola, also on the shores of the Koyna
lake.  From Tapola, a ghat road leads to Mahabaleshwar, though the
superior route to Mahabaleshwar from Satara would always be the Satara
Medha Kelghar ghat Mahabaleshwar road.

Getting to Kas from Mumbai:
Ideal choice: Own vehicle via Bombay Pune Expressway & NH4 to Satara
ST buses to Satara are frequent
The Koyna Express train from Dadar takes about 7 hours to Satara.
Auto rickshaws and cars can be rented from Satara.  ST buses also ply between Satara and Bamnoli at regular intervals.

For anyone who is interested in conservation of the Kas Plateau:
Ranwata Nature & Environment Conservation Society
[Dr Sandeep Shrotri, President]
Dattakashi Hospital
Shaniwar Peth, Satara 415002
ss1028@yahoo.com


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Comments

Malati R on

What stunning pictures! I had to ask myself, Is this really India? There has been so little recorded and published on all this natural glory. Kudos to the writer for sharing her amazing knowledge of the local flowers and plants (How on earth did you discover the Latin name for each flower?...wow..impressive!) Hope you continue to enlighten us, the lay public living amidst urban squalor, about the india off the beaten track.

indianature on

Thank you Malati, you should go there sometime too - it will have to be next year if you want the wildflowers at their best!

Uday Kale on

What a fantastic landscape ,flodded with wildflowers and full of mist.
I am eagerly waiting to be there on 6th Sept 2011( next week ) to enjoy this natural beauty.

indianature
indianature on

Please update about the flowers and the latest restrictions as reported in the newspapers. Thanks

sandeep on

beautiful location in our country .every person should go for kas pathar in satara. seens many flower and different plant.

Atul on

Yes, this is really the wonderful place to be at shortly after the monsoons..

Sad tough, that the littering around is happening, and thereby destroying the true nature, what a pathetic situation to be in !! hopefully the increased tourism does not bring along with it the inevitable degradation of such a beautiful place...

lets all leave it as beautiful it is, if not make it better, after visiting this place.

Sudhir on

Beautiful pictures, I am afraid it will attract more people / tourists their to destroy such a lovely place.

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