Kaas Pathar - Valley of Flowers

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Kaas Pathar - Valley of Flowers

Kaas Pathar - Valley of Flowers
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shatakshi
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kaas pathar
Aug 2019
Kaas plateu , also known as Valley of flowers is situated 25 km from Satara city in Maharashtra. It has become part of UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 .
The entire grassland turns into valley of flowers during monsoon season, August to early October.

Distance from Mumbai/Pune

Kaas is located 25 km from Mahabaleshwar and around 30 km from Satara in Maharashtra. The distance between Pune and Kaas Plateau is 136 km and it can be reached in 2.5 to 3.5 hours via NH4. Its distance from Mumbai is 278 km and takes around 5 hours to reach by road via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and then NH4.

The entire valley was covered with the sheet of greenery and different colorful varieties of flowers making the place looks totally amazing. Certain parts of plateau has been covered with barrier.Reason being ,the area has some special variety of flora which needs to be preserved

Best time to go: August to October. Check kaas website for further exact details of blooming

How to Reach-The plateau is just 22 km from Satara city and can be reached through a hired taxi or public buses - there are a few state buses that ply on the route from Satara to Kaas

Why Kaas: Full of biodiversity ,truly a paradise for nature lover and for those interested in flora. A Perfect weekend gateway during monsoon
Written 2 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ramya
Mumbai, India95 contributions
Beautiful flowers
Oct 2019 • Family
Colourful flowers it really feels like paradise of flowers with such different varieties of flowers.
Written 24 December 2019
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138500423
Pune, India1,955 contributions
Gratifying Colorful Kaas Flower Plateau & Double Gratifying Kaas To Satara Route
Nov 2019
Kaas with full bloom colorful flowers is the eye pleasing sight to behold & Satara to Kaas route is one of the best picturesque journey in Maharashtra.

I travelled from Pune for following one day Satara trip on 15th Nov. 2019

1. Kaas Plateau (without flower bloom)

2. Thoseghar Waterfall (waterfall is still there)

3. Sajjangadh Fort

The helpful tips & information on Kaas visit is below:

A) Best Time To Visit

i) 15th Aug to 7th of Oct. (Season of full bloom flower)
Season time may vary few days plus minus depending on flower bloom.
This year the flower bloom was very less & also for very less duration.

ii) Oct to July (Without flower bloom)

B) Entry Fee

i) 15th Aug to 7th Oct. (Peak season time)

Free for:

a) Kids below 12 years

b) Senior Citizen above 65 years (Age proof ID required)

c) Working soldiers

d) Ex Soldiers & their spouse

Rs.100 for rest all not in above category

ii) Oct to July

Rs.20/- for rest all category

C) Ticket System

i) 15th Aug to 7th Oct

NB: Only 3000 visitors allowed per day during this peak season time.
Online booking compulsory for following time slots of Saturday, Sunday & public holidays:

a) 7 am to 11 am (1000 visitors)
b) 11 am to 3 pm (1000 visitors)
c) 3 pm to 6 pm (1000 visitors). To report between 3 pm to 4 pm mandatory.

NB:
Cancellation of Kaas visit not allowed under any circumstances
Kaas visit confirmation print out receipt to be compulsory produced at the entry gate

If you go there directly without online booking during season time they may issue the ticket after assessing the crowd situation.

ii) Oct to July

You will get the ticket at Gate no. 3 i.e main entry gate.

D) Free Parking

i) During Peak Season Time

There are two parking areas:

a) Couple of km before Kaas entry gate

b) Couple of km after Kaas entry gate

Bus facility will be there from parking area to entry gate & vice a versa at Rs.10 each.

ii) During off season

Parking is allowed near the main entry gate

E) Guide

You can avail the guide service at Rs.100

F) Toilet Facility

There are few portable toilets for gents & ladies at the main entry gate. Photo of same is attached in this review.

D) Food Restaurant

Nothing available near the main entry gate.

On route from Satara to Kaas there are resorts, hotels & restaurants located on beautiful sights.

At Kaas lake which is at few minutes drive from main entry gate, there are few hotels, restaurants available.

F) Distance From Pune

Pune to Satara 100 km
Satara to Kaas 25 km

G) Directions

You have two lootmaar (Road Tolls) center of govt. on this route.

i) At Khed Shivapur - Rs.95 for one way & Rs.145 for two way

ii) 15 km before Satara - Rs.70 one way & Rs.95 two way

There are few patches on road in a very bad shape.
It pinches thinking that we are paying toll but no action to make road good.
It is more than a year it remains as it is.

On reaching Satara try to avoid the road thru city as it is crowded on account of road work in progress. Take help of locals for road thru outskirt. I used this option.

You can make use of GPS.

H) On Kaas Flower Plateau

At the main entry gate there is a map of Kaas Plateau. I have attached it's photo in this review.

It will be one of the most wonderful sight to see natural colorful flowers during peak season time. The mountain, valley & river view are also very good.

There is a pond named Kumudini that bears lotus flowers. It is located adjacent to the road fencing of Kaas Mahabaleshar route.

During off season, you can walk around the edges to see beautiful views of valley, mountains, rivers, lake etc. I have attached few photos in this review.

I walked for more than 2 hours to cover the full area of Kaas during my visit.
At couple of locations there are benches near the edges to sit relax & enjoy the view.

You are allowed to take photos freely inside Kaas area.

I) Kaas To Satara Route

I was gone crazy on this route after seeing such a mind blowing picturesque views on both side of the road.

On left side of road, Kanher dam & on right side of road, Urmodi dam are located.
The mountains, valleys & dams views are amazingly impressive & striking.

I was driving stopping, driving stopping, driving stopping at many locations on this route to capture the spectacular views in my camera.

I have attached photos in this review.

Those who love nature, this is the place for them.

This is the first time a place in India made me follow this routine otherwise:

i) Kandy to Ella train journey & local sightseeing road journey at Ella in Srilanka is the first place in my life that made me follow this routine i.e. stop drive, stop drive &

ii) Mahe island road journey in Seychelles is the second place.

J) My One Day Plan For Satara Trip

Started at 8.15 am from Bibvewadi

I visited first Kaas plateau from 12 noon to 2.30 pm.

I visited Thoseghar from 4 pm to 4.30 pm

I visited Sajjangadh Fort from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

I started from Sajjangadh at 7 pm & reached Pune Bibvewadi at 9 pm by car.

I missed Ajinkyatara Fort from my itinerary.
If I would have started between 5 am to 6 am then surely I would have covered this too.

Even though there is no flowers, I would surely recommend nature lovers for above one day trip on any day. Only make sure you start early between 6 am to 7 am.
Written 17 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Harsha
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Dreamy Wonderland
Oct 2019 • Friends
This place is really as beautiful as everyone says it is. I loved everything about it. There are such pretty flowers, the sky is always stunning and the views so mesmerising.
We stayed at villages nearby - had planned to camp but because of the rains, everything near water bodies was either flooded or had vegetation, and camping in Kaas is not allowed. But we found an amazing place right in front of a lake and all our woes went away!
Written 30 October 2019
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Suraj Galande
Pune, India11 contributions
Beautiful flowers and Lotus Lake
Sep 2019 • Family
Kaas Pathar is located approximately 30km from Satara. You can find tickets online or you can directly buy tickets on the spot. The best time to visit is in the month of September.Kaas Pathar is world heritage site.
There are many types of flowers here on Kaas Pathar which grow naturally there. You can also visit Lotus lake fully covered with small white Lotus flowers. You have to walk 1-2 km to see Lotus lake.
You cannot pick the flowers, it is not allowed. You can take pictures with your mobiles and cemeras but commercial photography is not allowed. You can get cucumber and butter milk sold by local people but I'll advise to take your own food with you.
There are other spots around like Bamnoli river boating, Waterfall and windmill site you can try there.
It is very good place to visit with friends and family. Visit once and let me know about your experience.
Written 25 October 2019
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Sonali S
Mumbai, India42 contributions
Kaas Pathar - Life's moment in the middle of flowers!
Sep 2019
The place itself is beautiful.. and surprisingly people are taking care of the place. Though it needs more care and public facilities.Thousands are visiting this place and there is no decent toilet facility. The to and fro bus service is appreciated, especially for the senior visitors. The place needs to be advertised better on Net and people need to know that before going there you need to book online. Though we didn't cause we never knew, we got inside by regular ticket booking at the site itself. The bloom is beautiful and unique. You have to visit this place once in your lifetime.
Written 24 October 2019
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Royadip
Pune, India1,602 contributions
Needs better management and information
Oct 2019
This is a gift from nature but possibly at the wrong hands. We traveled from Pune after talking to the them. We were told there will be flowers till end of October and we visited on 9th. But there were few of them ! However, the road from Satara to Kas is beautiful and at many places there were lot of flowers to enjoy. The view of the surroundings and the lakes at both the sides were superb.
Written 11 October 2019
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ejaz_nahri
Aurangabad, India122 contributions
Great asset in wrong hands
Oct 2019 • Family
The UNESCO world heritage site is very beautifully located but the service for assisting tourist to visit is pathetic. The busses provided by administration are in bad shape and makes the visit disappointing.

I recommend that one should drive through and enjoy the beauty rather than taking this service and spoiling the fun. We can drive through to go to the lake and that is enough to see the beautiful landscape.
Written 9 October 2019
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Bekxy
Mumbai, India47 contributions
A wonderful natural heritage site: Its true when they say small is beautiful
Oct 2019 • Couples
These yellow beauties
Are spread like a carpet on this rock
Or you can say sprinkled
Like drops of paint on earth's brown canvas
Our guide calls them small mickey mouse
Some say Kawala
Others Smithia Hirsuta
I say, what's in a name
Enjoy them till they last

The name 'Kaas' originates from the Kaasa tree. Kaas plateau was formed by volcanic activities and is covered by a thin soil cover as a result of which, no vegetation thrives in the region. The flora and fauna of the region is quite unique.

Our guide showed us about 30 different flowers and perhaps we saw close to 45 species in our walks overall...Including the plant and tree species its estimated that Kaas has about 280 species. No wonder then that its known as the Plateau of Flowers

What time of the year and what time of the day you visit also matters. Not all flowers bloom at the same time and the climate and rainfall also matters.

The unique part is most of these flowers are tiny..some may not even be visible unless you observe closely..for eg the jungle chawli, a miniature version of the chawli we are used to seeeing it. Had our guide not pointed out we surely would have missed it. The local names of these flowers are interesting,from small mickey mouse to sheete ka shru to vignaharta as told to us by our guide. 😊

There are various gates. The bus that takes you to the entry point (from where you can also get a guide for Rs 100) is near Gate3. We visited Gate 2 after that which has small lake. Finally Gate 4 which is a bit.of a walk of about 2-3 kms on a stony cobbled path but its worth it to see the 'lotus lake' or Kumudini Talav. We discover that this is not the usual lotus flower when a small white flower with lotus like leaves spread all over.

There are local hawkers at strategic point thus makibg sure you dont remain thirsty.or hungry too long as they sell kakadi, buttermill, limbu sherbet or peanuts.

The protected area of the park is well managed so far inspite of the huge influx of tourists. Its not littered and even the hawkers use only minimal plastic.

Places like these makes one truly cherish the amazing natural wonders of our country.
Written 8 October 2019
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Mihir Joshi
Mumbai, India42 contributions
Stunning beauty in our backyard
Sep 2019 • Family
Despite staying in Mumbai I'd never really thought about visiting Kaas Pathar until this year. And I'm really glad I did. Despite the fact that the bloom was waning the plateau and its flowers were breathtaking. The ride up to the plateau was wonderful too and on our way back we stopped at a restaurant cakes Swapna Nagari that had the most incredible view.

This was a short but memorable trip. Totally recommend the place to people in any city but specifically to people in Mumbai. Go see this natural beauty that is literally in our backyard!
Written 4 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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