The Kas Plateau in Satara district, which is a World Heritage Site, is famous for its colorful flowers. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit this plateau every year and enjoy its biodiversity and natural beauty. The Kas Pathar (Kas Plateau) has made the Satara district famous not only in the country but also on the world map in terms of tourism.
UNESCO has recently inscribed the Kas Plateau, a unique mine of beauty as a World Heritage Site along with the Western Ghats. Today, tourism in Satara has literally crossed the sea. Just 23 km from Satara city. The Kas Flower Plateau is situated in the form of heaven on earth.
Kas Pathar is a hotspot for biodiversity. The plateau is famous for the variety of flowers and butterflies that bloom on it from August to October. The plateau has an elevation of 1000 to 1250 m above sea level and an area of about 10 sq. Km. The plateau is home to 280 flowering species and 850 species of plant vines, shrubs, and other species.
Here, 39 of the 280 endangered species are found in the IUCN’s endangered red list (endangered species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). About 59 species of reptiles are found here.
The Kas Plateau is also called Sadah. The height of this sadah is about 1213 meters above sea level. The Kas Plateau is a plateau with a small amount of rocky soil and other matter. No trees grow in this place. But in the rainy season, flowers and splendor bring a magical charm to everyone. Millions of flowers on the Kas Plateau grow in a variety of colors. This beautiful appearance of nature now tempts everyone.
The Caspian Plateau was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012 because of the discovery of several rare species. The Kas Plateau is one of the 7 wonders of Maharashtra. Seven Amazing and Beautiful Wonders of Maharashtra were announced in June 2013.
Special flowers found here-
The Kas flowering plateau flowers from June to October. Because of the constantly changing weather and temperature, the flowers that bloom here are small. Billions of pollen grains are produced in flowers to maximize their chances of reproduction. Therefore, innumerable flowers of one species bloom at a time and it looks like a carpet of flowers of the same color is spread. The color of the plateau is constantly changing as the flowers of Sitachi Asave (Utricularia) are blue, Habe Amri (Habeneria) is white, Terda (Impatience) is pink, Sonki (Senesia) is yellow, Manjiri (Pogosteman) is purple.
More than eight hundred plant species have been recorded on the Kas Pathar. Of these, 47 species are endangered. Species of the genus Terada (Balsaminesi) are found in abundance there.
Satara Aponogeton (Vaytura)-
This plant of the genus Aponozetonaceae is found only in this part of the world. Its stalk splits in two, like the English ‘Y’, with small pink flowers on each branch. However, as the tubers were uprooted from the soil for no reason, this plant is not seen much in this area even recently.
Pliocolis Ritchie (topali caravi) –
Another characteristic plant that blooms on the Caspian flower plateau is the topali caravi (Pliocolis Ritchie). It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. It flowers after eight years. The juice of its leaves is considered being beneficial in stomach ailments.
Senecio Bombayensis Blatt (sonki) –
About ten species of this genus are found there. The flowers are mainly white and pale green. Also found are six species of the plant Kandilpushpa (Seropegia).
Floating bladderwort & Sundews –
These insectivorous plants are found there. The roots of the Floating bladderwort plant have small sacs and thick hairs. Sundews are drops of shiny, sticky liquid that look like dewdrops on the hair and hair tips on the long sticky leaves of the plant. Insects get caught in these hairs and are digested.
Many plants on the Kas flower plateau have been found to be medicinal. Wild turmeric is a plant of the genus Zingiberaceae, which has antibiotic properties. It is also used in various parts of the plant to remove fat from the blood, reduce swelling and reduce/eliminate tumors.
Stinking tree –
The stems of this plant thought to have anti-cancer properties. A team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) visited the Kas Plateau in October 2010. The area was declared a World Natural Heritage Site because of its extraordinary biodiversity.
Places to Visit near Kas Pathar –
Bhambavli Flower Plateu –
One of the largest flower plateau in the world. This plateau is only 3 km from Kas plateau and situated in 3 talukas, Satara, Jawali, and Patan. This flower plateau, which is full of colorful flowers, is far from being seen by tourists. Along with nature, the plateau is also home to wildlife. One can see muntjacs & rabbits running away. Predators such as leopards and bears also come to the plateau.
Kas Lake –
To the south of the Kas Plateau is Kas Lake. There is a dense forest around Kas Lake. It is between Sajjangad and Kanher dams. Koyna Project is located at a distance of 30 km south of Kas Lake. There is Bhambwali Vajrai waterfall near the lake. There is Kumudini lake near Kas plateau.
Thoseghar Waterfalls –
Thoseghar waterfall is at a distance of 13 km from Sajjangad. Like the Sahyadri mountain range, Thoseghar also has a range of waterfalls. One of the waterfalls is about 200 meters high.
Where is Kas Pathar Located –
Kas Pathar is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra State, India. It is located just 23Km from Satara City.
Nearest Cities – Satara Km 23, Pune 135 Km, Kolhapur 145 Km, Mumbai 280 Km.
How to reach Kas Pathar –
The Kaas plateau is just 23 km from Satara, so there is a good way to get to Satara.
Bus – Many buses are available from all over Maharashtra to reach Satara. there are many buses available from Satara to kas pathar.
Railway – Satara has an excellent railway system.
Best time to visit Kas Pathar –
Flowers appear on the Kas Pathar from August to October after the end of the monsoon season. Therefore, the first week of September to October is the best time to visit the Kas Plateau.
Food & Accommodation –
Satara has excellent dining and accommodation facilities.