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#1 Sep 10th, 2009, 17:26
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I would be most grateful for any information about the Kas plateau of Satara - which is reputed to be Maharashtra's Valley of Flowers.

Details like road routes from Mumbai, where to stay, exactly how to get there from Satara and so on. Also, which is the best period for the flowers. Anyone been there?

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Its around 20 KM from Satara. I had visited last year around late June, couldn't find lot of flowers except tine white ones (habenaria?). I'm told the best flowering time is mid sept to october, when the place is clogged with Balsam, tiny yellow coloured smithia with red dots and blue bladderworts.

Here are some pics to feast your eyes on -
http://natureindiatours.blogspot.com...rs-3rd-to.html

There are buses available from Satara, but not frequent. Private transport from Satara would give freedom to roam and return at will. (Auto ricks refused to take me, although i offered a hefty amt. I had to stick to local buses. Cab/Tourists taxi from Satara is possible i guess).

I probably plan to visit tomorrow and also the next weekend, if i find it impressive. Will post updates after my trip.
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Thanks Ganesh.

Ive seen that site. Have a look at Vivek Kale's photos from last year and this year, which are superb:
http://natkass.rediffblogs.com/
http://natkass20091200.rediffblogs.com/

If I go, it can only be after two weeks. Its quite far from Mumbai so can only do it once this year.

Do post your update [with pics], and also if you know any details about reasonably priced but decent for families kind of hotels in Satara, do let me know. Thanks.
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snonymous - Can you share your travel plan. Coz I do not see a point travelling all the way from Mumbai only for Kaas.
I am sure you have other places in mind if not I suggest start planning for them. Kaas should not take more than 1/2 a day and if you plan to go till Bamnoli (not sure if you know about this) then it would be covered in a day.

Hotels - there is not a large choice of hotels 5/6 hotels which I would recommend based on how you plan to travell and your budgest etc.
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Could not make it to Kaas yesterday as my friend was unwell. Sure to be there next week and will be back with photos and updates.

To add to suggestion, Thoseghar waterfalls and Sajjangad fort are nice retreats near Satara (Both in the same direction, but different from Kaas) and with a private transport can be easily covered in a single day.
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New Traveller, I have no travel plans per se. If I can manage to go, it would mainly be for Kas and I can happily spend the whole day looking at wildflowers. I have read about Bamnoli in Gunaji's book, and also on the net about some camping ground - don't particularly want to go there.

I would not have more than an entire day to spare, plus the travelling to and fro - since overnight travel is out of the question, this essentially means a day to go and another day to return.

Ganesh, look forward to your update.

So what is it, just one vast plateau sort of like the Panchgani table land? Or something else?

Another member Swapnil felt that one could also reach Kas plateau via Medha, which is on the Mahabaleshwar Satara road. Anyone been on this road recently because I cant find a Medha to Kas road in any map. I was trying to find it on Google Earth but could not make out.

Any ideas about where to stay, prices ...?
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Have a look at Swapnil's latest photo:
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...2/limit/recent

Isnt it superb? Cant wait to go there.
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Have a look at Swapnil's latest photo:
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...2/limit/recent

Isnt it superb? Cant wait to go there.
Wow! thats brilliant! same here...

To answer your previous question, its not as even or flat as a table land. But yes, its more or less plane. Sort of a vast stretch of elevated meadows.

There are possibly other approaches to the place. I don't have an idea.
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Suggestions for reasonably priced, family friendly hotels to stay?
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Well, Ive done some searching and figured out that the Kas plateau is on the Satara Bamnoli road.

This is the list of Satara hotels. Anyone stayed in any of these or at any other hotel?
http://www.vmtravels.com/city/citylow249p1.html

This is someone's trip report from holidayiq:

Kas-Near Satara ...the valley of flowers in Maharastra
Overview of the destination
The worth seeing place and wonderful experience of seeing nature in full bloom.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping
Valley of Flowers...in Maharastra...... From Pune or Mumbai if you are driving down then after crossing Kambatki Ghat just before Satara keep looking on left side for a restaraunt called'Virangula' .This place is damn good spot for testing Maharastrian delicacies like Chakali, Thalipeeth, Pithala Bhakari and for sweet tooth guys Chirote and Ladoo of Ground nut powder is must eat.

Activities & things to do
Enjoy the scene of carpet of flowers, of different coloures and sizes....spread hundreds of feet on platue. The flowers keep on changing if you visit aftera gap of a week or so. see birds like bulbul, Go driving down near kAS lake further down. If time permits and u are intersted in Historic places also visit SajjanGad . Thoseghar water fall is also near by.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc.
Nearest location or town is Satara in Maharastra. You can reach Satara by car/bus from Pune,Mumbai. The driving time from Mumbai willbe approximately 5 to 6 hrs considering moderate speed and stops for snacks etc.Once you reach Satara if you want to take a bus the u can take a State Transport Bus going to Bamnoli or drive down on road to SajjanGad.Just when u are about to get out of Satara Town you will come across a small tunnel . Do not cross it and before that take a right turn.The board is there but not very visible and hence this instruction.From this point the platue of Kas is around 20 kms. The road unwinds the little Ghat section. You can view the Dam below on right hand side from the elevation. after 19 kms or so you get on to the platue. Start seeing widely spread flowers on both sides. The bushes are of knee high size and just full of flowers. You can see white,blue,yellow coloured flowers of different sizes. This phenomenon takes place after rainy season and currently its on. Its not yet crowded but on holidays you can see many visitors from Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur coming to see this marvel. The PLACE IS BOOMING RIGHT NOW AND THIS MARVEL CAN BE SEEN TILL 2ND WEEK OF OCT.


Anymore input is most welcome.
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I'm just going to repeat what I added in comment on my pic(in reply to Snonymous's questions)

Where to go ?
This plateau located around 4 km before Kas lake/village on road to Bamnoli from Satara.

How to go ?
This place is around 25 km from Satara city. So either you can catch any bus going to Bamnoli from Satara & get down here or by your own private vehicle /hired taxi will be more convenient.

Ask for road to Bamnoli is Satara city ...there's a tunnel near city (road through tunnel goes to Sajjangad/Thosegar waterfall) take the upper right turn just before the tunnel - this road straight goes to Kas - Bamnoli - Tapola - Mahabaleshwar.

Entire route is very scenic - you'll be travelling on ridge of mountain & many flowers can be seen near road -from Satara city itself.

Where to stay ?
No place to stay near Kas village .Your best option is to stay in Satara city itself.You can get basic food at small restaurants in Bamnoli (around 10 km from Kas).
Hope this info helps ...

Please try to go there before end of this season ....You shouldn't miss this place ... Good luck !
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I agree with Swapnil.
snonymous - I am still not clear about your plan. Sorry maybe a dumb Question. What I intended was if you have a couple of days you can plan for Kaas, Bamnoli , Vasota (if this interests and if feasible to the group) for Day 1.
Day 2 could be Thoseghar, Chalkewade (windmill project worth watch in rains) and Sajjangarh. etc
and so on . . . . .

Like someone rightly said Satara should be the camping place from which you can cover the peripheral sites.
If you have your own vehical then you need not worry else you can hire something in Satara (I can help you in this if required)
FYI - I have done my schooling/collegeing in Satara and we used to bunk college and go to Kaas every day :-) (good old days)


So to summarize do it now as its raining and you need not take the Medha Kasas road I dont think its even worth a try for 2 reasosn.
1. Its not an option to you on your way unless you plan to go to mahabaleshwar on way to Satara
2. I am sure the road condition is bad (might be wrong on this but its certainly not as good as the NH4)
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Thanks Swapnil, I did not understand the tunnel bit from the holidayiq post but as you have confirmed it, what I now understand is that there is a tunnel on the road from Satara, but we have to take the right turn before the tunnel to Bamnoli.

I am definitely going but must wait until my husband returns from his business trip, so it can only be after the 25th. Do you think the flowers will last that long? I pray they do.

New Traveller - my one and only PLAN is to enjoy the flowers, I am flower crazy, especially wildflowers, both of us just love them. If Kas is anything like Swapnils photos, then I can spend days and days there just looking and photographing flowers. But time is definitely a constraint, and therefore on this trip I am not interested in seeing anything other than wildflowers. At the most we could spare 2 whole days plus travelling time. I wish there was an express train from Mumbai to Satara.

Lucky you - going to Kas every day!

PLEASE suggest some family suitable [and cheap] accommodation.

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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post ....I now understand is that there is a tunnel on the road from Satara, but we have to take the right turn before the tunnel to Bamnoli.
Correct !
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I am definitely going but must wait until my husband returns from his business trip, so it can only be after the 25th. Do you think the flowers will last that long? I pray they do.
As you already know these flowers are seasonal & different varieties bloom at different times and last for 8-15 days.So I think you've pretty good chance or you may also see some different varieties which I didn't at this time.
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I wish there was an express train from Mumbai to Satara.
Have a look : http://erail.in?T=CSTM::STR:
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Thanks Swapnil. That link erail.in is great, much better than the very slow indianrailways site.




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