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It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a biodiversity hotspot known for various types of wild flowers which bloom annually in the months of August and September. The plateau is situated at an altitude of 1200 meters and is approximately 1,000 hectares 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.

 

The name Kaas is said to originate from the kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulosus).

25 Km away from Satara District H.Q. & 20 Km away from Northern part of Koyana Sanctuary. Locally called as 'Kas Pathar' or 'Plateau of Flowers'. The major portion of the plateau is Reserve Forest. Kas plateau is listed under the Protection Working Circle. Kas lake (built 100 years ago) is a perennial source of Water supply for western part of Satara city by gravity. It is a glory of satara forest division.

 

Out of these 624 sp., 39 sp. are found in Kaas Region only. It Approximates 6% of the Red data species It has become very urgent to take effective measures to protect this whole area in order to conserve the diverse, rare and endangered flora of Kaas plateau. Plateau seems to change the colors after every 15- 20 days as the cycle of flowering plants progresses with the monsoon progress since June to October.

 

Few list of the flowers found in Kaas:

  • Adenoon indicum(local name mothi sonaki)
  • Aerids maculosum
  • Aponogeton satarensis(local name Vaytura)
  • Arisaema murrayi(local name Pandhara Sapkanda)
  • Begonia crenata
  • Ceropegia jainii(local name Somada)
  • Ceropegia vincaefolia(local name Kandilpushpa/ Kandil kharchudi- कंदिल खर्चुडी)
  • Ceropegia media
  • Chlorophytum glaucoides(local name Musali)
  • Cyanotis tuberosa(local name Abhali)
  • Dendrobium barbatulum(Bharangee)
  • Dioscorea bulbifera(local name dukkar kanda)
  • Dipcadi montanum(Deepkadee)
  • Drosera burmanni(local name Davbindu)
  • Drosera indica(local name Gavati Davbindu - गवती दवबिंदू)
  • Elaeocarpus glandulosus(local name Kaasa)
  • Exacum tetragonum(local name Udi chirayat)
  • Flemingia nilgheriensis
  • Habenaria grandifloriformis
  • Habenaria heyneana(local name toothbrush Orchid)

Region                                  Kaas Plateau, Satara

No of Days                          Ex – Mumbai      02 Days

Grade                                   Easy Trail

Type                                      Nature Trail/Expedition

Itineraries

Day 1

Mumbai to Kaas Plateau

Report at Meeting point by 10pm and transfer to Kaas. Reach Resort and rest in the bus.

Day 2

Kaas – Thosegar falls – Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast and visit Kaas plateau. Explore the beauty of this World Heritage site and photograph some of the rare species of flower. Also get information from our guide about the existence and life cycle of these flowers. Return back to hotel for Lunch and in the afternoon half day excursion to Thoseghar falls. Later drive to Mumbai and get dropped by 10pm.

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis **(Private 3 days trip)
  • Transfers by AC Vehicle. (Mumbai – Kaas – Mumbai)
  • Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Kaas Trail e-permit fees (once for 2 days trip / twice for 3 days trip)
  • Thoseghar Falls Entry Fee
  • Guide fees
  • Leader charges
  • Professional Wildlife naturalist host of the experience
  • GST 5% days
  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees.
  • Entry fees to other mentioned above
  • Airfares/Rail fares.
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

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