Kaas Plateau - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism
Tourist Destination / Place
Kaas Pathar or Plateau located in the Satara district consists of several varieties of flowers that bloom at a particular season of the year. This plateau is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list under the name the Western Ghats.
Districts / Region
Satara District, Maharashtra, India.
Unique Features / Exclusivity
Kaas Pathar is a plateau made from volcanic rocks in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It falls in the biosphere of the Western Ghats. The flowers, for which the plaque is known, bloom here after the July rains. With a variety of different flowering plants, several species of insects especially butterflies are seen in abundance.
Kaas plateau is a World Natural Heritage site. The government has taken a significant step to control possible damage by tourists, a limit of a maximum of 3000 visitors per day has been laid. In the month of September, some of the most common flowering plants that we can see are Eriocaulon Manoharanii, Pogostemon deccanensis, Senecio grahamii, Impatiens oppositifolia and Dipcadi montanum etc.
The plateau of Kaas experiences a natural cycle of extreme conditions. It becomes wet water-logged cool in monsoon rains, very dry, barren hot summer (45 degree C) and dry winter (5 degree C). The soil we find in the Kaas Plateau is a thin layer on top of Deccan rock, with varying quality of nutrients. We can note the annual cyclic ecosystem here. It is similar, but smaller lateritic plateaus have adapted to these conditions.
The small shrubs and trees at the periphery of the plateau at Kaas plateau, which makes it a fascinating sight. This plateau is made from volcanic rocks in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It comes under the biosphere of the Western Ghats.
Kaas Pathar is home to 1500 plant species, 450 wildflower species out of which 33 are endangered. Visiting the place in the season is a delight to the sight.
Kaas Plateau is at a distance of 25 KM from the city of Satara. It is part of the Western Ghats range. It is made of igneous rock. Unlike other plateaus or tablelands in the region, Kaas has a relatively thinner layer of soil.
Weather / Climate
This region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature between 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months here when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in this region is around 763 mm.
Things To Do
A tourist here can experience the beautiful flowers which bloom seasonally. There are varieties of species of Flowering plants available here.
Nearest Tourist Place
- Vajrai Waterfalls (3.7 KM)
- Ajinkyatara Fort (26 KM)
- Sajjangad Fort (33 KM)
- Lingamala Falls (38 KM)
- Elphinstone Point (47 KM)
- Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary (50 KM)
- Table Point (51 KM)
How To Travel To Tourist Place
By Air , Rail, Road (Flight, Train , Bus ) with distance and required time
- By Flight : Phaltan Airport Satara (88 KM)
- By Train : Satara Railway Station (30 KM)
- By Bus : The Kaas Plateau is accessible by road. One can hire cabs or private vehicles to reach here.
Special Food Speciality And Hotel
Kandhi Pedhe is the speciality of Satara. Other than that Maharashtrian cuisine can be found in various restaurants.
Accommodation Facilities Nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police Station
There are various accommodation facilities available here.
Satara City Police Station (23 KM)
Primary Health Centre, Bamnoli (14 KM)
MTDC Resort Nearby Details
MTDC Resort Mahabaleshwar is the closest MTDC Resort. (38.8 KM)
Visiting Rule and Time, Best Month To
● The best time to visit the Kaas Pathar/Plateau is from late August to early October.
● This plateau is open for visitors from 8:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M.
● Online booking is mandatory to visit this plateau.
Language Spoken In Area
English, Hindi, Marathi.