Overview

Kaas Plateau Tour from Mumbai and Pune

Have you ever heard of the phrase "bed of roses," which is used to describe a scenario or an activity that is cosy and simple?

Yes, we are asking you to physically enjoy a huge and stunning bed of flowers with Kaas Pathar. Not just roses, but a variety of flowers, all the way to the horizon in your eyes' reach.
If Kashmir or Uttarakhand are the first places that come to mind when you hear the phrase "valley of flowers," then Kaas Pathar, is the Maharashtra’s answer to the valley of flowers. 

Kaas Plateau also known as the "Kaas Pathar" is situated in the Western Ghat’s Sahyadri range, 22 km from Satara city in the state of Maharashtra, India. The name Kaas originates from Kaasa tree. As the leaves of this tree mature, they turn from green to red.

During the flowering season from mid –August to October, almost every inch of the plateau is bedecked with flowers of various colors and sizes. In fact, recently, Kaas plateau has been declared as a “Biodiversity World Heritage Site” by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) due to the floral diversity found here.

Kaas Lake, which is surrounded by a dense forest, lies between Sajjangad fort and the Kanher Dam. Kaas plateau has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants including Orchids, Karvy and even carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica.

What makes this a Special trip?

No doubt Kaas is a visual delight but it is also important to understand the Ecology of the place and how we can protect it from degradation. We will guide you on the same.

You can read more about Kaas plateau at 

http://www.ttrikon.com/blog/is-kaaspathar-really-the-magical-place-to-witness-flower-bloom/ 


Cost for Kaas Plateau Tour from Mumbai and Pune with T Trikon

  • Cost without transport: Rs. 1699/- per person
  • Cost with transport from Pune: Rs. 1999/- per person
  • Cost with transport from Mumbai : Rs. 2699/- per person
24 Hours 30 Sep, 01 Oct, 02 Oct, and more
Dates and Rates
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Itinerary

Boarding from Mumbai

Day 1

09:15 pm Meet the Trikon Team at Andheri Bisleri Factory
09:30 pm Departure from Andheri
10:00 pm Pickup from Pritam Hotel, Dadar (East)
10:15 pm Pickup from K Star Mall, Chembur
10:45 pm Pickup from Sec 17, Vashi (Below the flyover)
11:00 pm Pickup from Hotel 3 Star, Kharghar

Day 2

06:00 am Reach Kaas Plateau
06:30 am Breakfast & Introduction
07:00 am Start the tour of Kaas, explore the area, enjoy clicking
11:00 am Move towards Kaas Lake
03:00 pm Start our return journey post-lunch
10:00 pm Reach Mumbai


Boarding from Pune

Day 1

06:00 am - Shivaji Nagar (Main Signal , Opposite to bus stop towards aundh)
06:15 am  - Departure from Shivaji Nagar
06:40 am - Wakad
07:00 am - Chandni Chowk
08:30 am -  Breakfast Enroute
10:00 am - Reach Kaas Plateau
10:30 am - Breakfast & Introduction
11 am - 02 pm -   Start the Tour of Kaas , Explore the Area , Enjoy Clicking
02:00 pm   Lunch Time
03:00 pm -  Move Toward Thoseghar Waterfall
06:00 pm - Explore Thosegar Waterfall and Start our Journey back to Pune
09:30 pm -  Reach Pune

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transport by Private AC Bus from Andheri to Kaas and Kaas to Andheri
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch (Veg/Non Veg) & Evening tea
  • Kaas Plateau Entry Charges
  • Trikon Expertise Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Camera Charges
  • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
  • Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
Highlights
  • History of KAAS plateau
  • Know about Carnivorous Plants at Kaas
  • Ecology of Kaas and how it is changing
  • Flora and fauna around KAAS plateau
  • How we can protect it?
Things to carry
  • ID Card
  • 2 ltrs water
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
  • Snacks & Biscuits
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Clean napkin or small towel
  • Rain coat/ Poncho/ Wind cheater (Avoid umbrella)
  • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
  • Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
  • Please carry medicines if you need any
FAQs
  1. What is Kaas Pathar and Where is it?

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 place is known, bloom here after the July / August rains.

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, part of the Sahyadri Sub-cluster.

In the native language, Pathar denotes a plateau, while Kaas denotes flowers. As a result, the area is completely covered with a variety of little and large blooms, giving the impression that a purple, white, blue, pink spring carpet has been laid at your feet!

  1. How to reach Kaas Pathar?

Kaas is located close to Satara City and is accessible by road from major metropolises like Mumbai and Pune at a distance of around 140 kilometres. Kaas is only around 25 kilometres away from Satara by car. It is also simple to take a private bus or rail from Mumbai or Pune to Satara, where one may then take an auto rickshaw (a three-wheeled vehicle) to Kaas Pathar. Starting at 6 am, State Transport buses depart from Satara Bus Depot for Bamnoli or Tetli, where you can align at Kaas Pathar.

Please keep in mind that we need a permission to visit Kaas Pathar, which is usually available at the site. The permission will only be accessible online on the weekends and public holidays, though. The permit is offered in 3-hour slots during the morning, afternoon, and evenings starting 7 am till 6 pm. They have also kept a cap of not exceeding 3000 visitors per day. This small procedure is meant to stop people from trampling all over the place.

  1. What is the best time for Kaas?

The best time to visit Kaas is right when the monsoons are about to bid an adieu. Usually, it is between September to November of any year. Karvi Flowers blooms into mass flowering covering the entire Kaas Maharashtra Plateau in shades of Purple Blue and Pink.

  1. Is there anything apart from Kaas to explore?

Yes, there are several places like Thoseghar Waterfalls, Sajangad, Chalkewadi Windmills, Satara city tour, Ajinkyatara Fort, Mahabaleshwar, Malshej Ghats, Matheran, etc. All of this can be scheduled over a weekend trip or a maximum of 4-5 days.

  1. Is it safe to go there for a solo trip?

Absolutely. Kaas has been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts many tourists from several countries to visit Kaas during the immediate post monsoon season.

  1. What are the special attractions?

Kaas has a record noting of around 850 different species of blooming plants every year. You can see a massive spread from pink Balsam flowers to carnivorous plants such as Gawati Davbindu also referred as Drosera Indica, flycatcher plant, or Indian Sundew that absorbs nutrients from insects for their growth. It is suggested to carry a magnifying glass to explore the real beauty of tiny Karvy flowers. The place makes it extremely attractive for macro photography.

One of the most beautiful serene and calm places around the Kaas Pathar is Thoseghar Waterfalls and Chalke Wadi Windmills. The special attraction about Chalke Wadi is that it homes a bountiful of towering Windmill setup for electricity generation. The windmill farms are & Thoseghar waterfall are located at a distance of one hour drive from Kaas

  1. What sort of facilities are available and where?

Only Satara city or Bamnoli, which are almost 25 km away from the plateau, offer the majority of lodging, homestays, resorts, or dining options. Apparently, there aren't even some of the most basic hygienic amenities like urinals or toilets yet.

It's also crucial to keep in mind that there are occasions when light rain is forecast, so it's best to have an umbrella along with your bag of necessities.

  1. Is it worth visiting Kaas?

Satara can be your biggest go-to destination if you have a strong love for waterfalls, springtime, flowers, and the natural world. Kaas is rich in biodiversity and has components of high universal value, very IMP for botanical research and study. On the plateau, several species that are currently undiscovered by botanical science can be found. In fact, the plateau offers so much endangered, unique flora that it might become a viable location for future botanical study. There are records of around 850 different species of blooming plants.

  1. Are there any other activities I can pursue?

Yes, we can go for a Sajjan gad, Ajinkya Tara fort trek located nearby. Chalke Wadi farms are easily covered by a private vehicle; however, a long slow walk is very peaceful and enjoyable for nature lovers at the farms.

Now more and more people are flocking to enjoy the combination of camping and stargazing. For people deprived of a clear sky, Kaas has proved to be a welcome break

  1. What can I shop from Kaas?

According to what it is known for, Satara market's street walks for leather goods, tribal artworks, slippers, and gorgeous hand-made wooden sticks are the only way to fill your shopping hunger.

  1. Any special health related suggestion for this trip?

Ideal visitors to this tour would include persons of all ages, from young children to senior citizens. There aren't many seating options at the location, therefore we advise you to be in good health to withstand long walks on the plateau. Keep yourself adequately hydrated if you struggle with obesity or cardiac problems so that you can cherish the beauty of the grasslands, flora, and fauna.

Monsoon Safety Measures

    • Put clothes, money, camera, phone etc in polythenes while packing
    • Wear shoes with good grips
    • Use repellents to keep bugs away
    • Make note of nearest railway station, bus stop, taxi stand etc.
    • Do not stray away from your group during the trek
    • Keep family & friends informed about your whereabouts