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The carpet of flowers- Kaas Plateau of Panchgani

Housing about 850 species of beautiful wildflowers, the 1000 hectare area of the plateau is now a reticent forest

Kaas Plateau, (Panchgani) April 27 (UITV):Declared as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites of India in 2012, Kaas Plateau in Panchgani , is an incredible tourist destination with landscapes, still lakes, flowers and butterflies near Satara city in Maharashtra. Kaas Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot located at an exceeding altitude of 1200 metres and is a major biodiversity hotspot owing to the diverse & endemic flowers species  all around with mulitple kaleidoscope of butterflies that are found here. Housing about 850 species of beautiful wildflowers, the 1000 hectare area of the plateau is now a reticent forest which is popular for its natural beauty and flora, Kaas Lake and how it turns into a valley of flowers during monsoon. Recently, the place has began gathering a bit of tourist dash and popularity for all the natural treasures that it holds. However, to conserve the virgin charms of this location, the number of visitors have been restricted to 3,000 per day. State Transport buses follow from the parking area to Kaas Plateau and cost INR 10 per person each side.

The months beginning from August to October witness the Kaas Valley transforming into a blooming beauty of widely distributed flowers such as Anjani, Paner, Sonki, Kondal, Deepkadee and Kaasa. The utter diversity of colours, shapes and sizes is an alluring sight to behold and makes Kaas Valley an indisputable hit among scientists, naturalists and adventure lovers alike. The numerous blossoms of the vale stand in stark contrast to the azure of the sky with countless delicate butterflies hiovering their way through this kaleidoscopic network.

The flora of Kas i. e. the total flowering plants and their related plants are typically confined to that particular locality only. This is because the plateau is predominantly formed of basalt which is in a straight way vulnerable to atmosphere. The basalt is covered almost entirely by a thin sheath of soil formed due to erosion and has assembled a layer of not more than a inch or so. This soil is neither black nor lateritic. At certain places water gets collected because of uneven surface. Such places appear like small puddles which ports a typical marshy flora. Because of this particular situation of soil the plants growing on Kas plateau are typically of herbaceous nature of like grasses. Botanically the flora is classified as “herbaceous”. The little shrubs and trees are located at the periphery of the plateau.

There are several wonderful places near Kaas that is sure to spell bind you:-

1. Kumudini Lake- A shallow lake situated near Rajmarg in 2 hector area. The rare flower species can be observed here too.
2.Ghatai Devrai-  In past, Devrai was called a reserved area of forest for nature and forest conservation in the name of Gram Devata ( Local Godess). This place is 3km away from Kas Plateau. Ghatai Temple is situated over there.
3. Shri Kshetra Yewateshwar- This place is situated 4- 5 km away from Satara City and at 2000 feet height from sea level. Built more than thousand years ago, the ancient Shiva Temple is the place to visit. Hemadpanthi Construction is the unique feature of this Temple  to look out for.
4.Ekiv Waterfall- Ekiv is a small village in Jawali Taluka in Satara District of Maharashtra State, India. It belongs to Pune Division . It is located 28 KM towards west from District head quarters Satara.The sight of the waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful.
5.Bhambawali Vajrai Waterfall-  Water falls here from 260 meter height. This is charming waterfall at Bhambawai village and south of Kas Plateau.