The Kaas Plateau, also known as the Kaas Pathar or Kas Sadas, is a plateau situated 25 kilometers west from Satara city in Maharashtra, India. It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it became a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2012. It is a biodiversity hotspot known for various types of seasonal wildflowers bloom and numerous species of endemic butterflies annually in the months of August, September, October.
The plateau is situated at an altitude of 1200 meters and is approximately 10 square kilometers in area. Kaas has more than 850 different species of flowering plants of which 624 are listed on the IUCN Red List. These include orchids, shrubs such as the Karvy, and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica. Kaas plateau is a plateau located near Satara. It is situated high hill plateaus and grasslands turn into a 'valley of flowers' during monsoon season, particularly from August to early October. Kaas Plateau has more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs, and grasses. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3 - 4 weeks during this season. Kaas plateau is a World Natural Heritage site.
In September, some of the most common flowering plants are Eriocaulon manoharani, Pogostemon deccanensis, Senecio grahamii, Impatiens oppositifolia and Dipcadi montanum. The plateau experiences a natural cycle of extreme conditions, with wet water-logged cool monsoons, very dry barren hot summer (45°C) and dry winter (5°C). The soil is a thin layer on top of Deccan rock, with varying quality of nutrients. The annual cyclic ecosystem here and nearby similar but smaller lateritic plateaus have adapted to these conditions. The entire flowering plants and their related plants are typically restricted to that particular locality only. This is because the plateau is largely formed of basalt which is directly exposed to the atmosphere. The basalt is covered almost entirely by a thin cover of soil formed due to erosion and has accumulated a layer of not more than an inch or so. This soil is neither black nor lateritic.
At certain places, water gets accumulated because of the uneven surface. Such places appear like small puddles which harbor a typical marshy flora. Because of this particular situation of soil, the plants growing on Kaas plateau are typical of herbaceous nature of like grasses. Botanically the flora is labeled as herbaceous. The small shrubs and trees are located at the periphery of the plateau.
Kaas Pathar- Plateau of Flowers
Rich Bio-diversity of Kaas- Endangered / Rare / Endemic / Common Species
Plateau changes its color after every 15- 20 days, as the cycle of flowering plants progresses with the monsoon from August to October.
Brief on the IUCN Red List at Kaas.
Local cuisines to keep us energetic throughout the event
We'll be boarding the non-A/C bus from our nearest pick-up point. Bus timings are shared below for convenience:
For Mumbai Participants
Meeting Points :
10:00 pm Dadar
10:20 pm Chembur
10:40 pm Vashi
11:00 pm Mc D Kolambali
For Pune Participants
Meeting Point :
01:00 am Wakad Flyover
01:15 am Sinhgad bridge Warje
01:30 am Katraj Highway
10:00 pm Depart for Kaas Plateau in a non-A/C bus (We will manage pick-ups from pre-decided locations depending upon the participants
05:00 am Arrive at the base village and take some rest
06:00 am Wake-up call, freshen-up and have breakfast, followed by tea
07:00 am Introduction round and brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone on the event
07:15 am Gear up for the execution as per the instructions
08:00 am Reach plateau, feel the quest of being on the lovely place with flowers by all the side, guided exploration for the initial phase with an introduction on flora, next explore the mighty place as much as you can
11:00 am Start descending returning towards the base, take some rest
12:00 pm Leave for Kaas lake or Kumudini flower lake
01:30 pm Freshen up, have tummy tight lunch and rest for a while
03:30 pm Leave for Mumbai, fun on the bus, followed by games and lots more
10:00 pm Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon
Event Fee: Rs.2,100/- per person. Payment once done is non-refundable, do check for availability before making a payment.
The cost per head includes the following.
Local travel from Mumbai to Mumbai
Unlimited breakfast, Veg Lunch and Evening Tea on the event
Kaas Plateau entry Fee
First aid and first responder assistance in case required
MPA administration charges if any
Do read our terms and conditions before registration
All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks, etc.
Any kind of personal expenses. (Like- Carrying a personal camera to a restricted area, breaking a rule and being fined by the local authority, expenses occurred due to personal negligence, etc.)
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
Things to carry:
Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
2 Liters of water must
Extra pair of clothes, shoes, and socks optional
Cap, Camera as Optional
1 packet of electrol, enerzal, glucon-D
Medications if required for individual
Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible