This little-known gem, which has been increasingly attracting visitors since being declared a biodiversity site by UNESCO in 2012, is Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers. The Kaas Plateau (website: kas.ind. in; Tel: 02162-220057-59) is located in the Sahyadri range, 22 km away from Satara. It abuts the northern part of Koyana Sanctuary, and a major portion of the plateau is reserve forest. Post monsoon, from August to October, the 1,000-hectare region undergoes a most outlandish phenomenon and turns into a riot of colour, with wildflowers carpeting the land as far as you can see. The earth actually seems to change its hues every few weeks, as the cycle of the flowering plants progresses. More than 850 species of flowering plants are found on the plateau. To protect this fragile eco-system, it is forbidden to walk amid the flowers. You can hike around the plateau though, to admire the flowers from different vantage points.

During the months of August, September and October, the light drizzles and overcast skies make long walks on the plateau not just easy but also quite pleasant.

The Habenaria Rariflora orchid
The Habenaria Rariflora orchid

Since the declaration of the Kaas plateau as a UNESCO bio-diversity heritage site, thousands of tourists throng this tourist spot. Naturally, an increase in the number of visitors has put this secluded spot in danger of being polluted. For the same reason there are a few guards standing around at most entry points while most other areas are barricaded.



During September and October, this entire flat land seems like a lush green carpet on which beautiful pink, purple, yellow and white flowers have been embroidered. At that magical time, it is a beautiful place to spend a few hours unwinding from the hectic city life.Walking around is one of the best ways to explore the delights of this plateau.


The Kaas plateau is home to around 850 known species of plants of which about 600 are of the flowering variety. In addition, many endemic species of plants also flourish here. They can only survive in this region because of the volcanic rock soil of the plateau.

Kaas Plateau’s unique ecosystem also allows around 33 endangered species of plants to thrive here. These are only found in rocky lands and are on the brink of extinction due to the changes in the region’s climatic and geological conditions. Amateur biologists can often be seen hunched over a rare insectivorous plant, such as the Venus Flytrap.

Rest and Relaxation

A little downhill from the plateau is the moss green Kaas Talav, which usually has a lovely waterfall flowing into it during the peak of Monsoon. The shore of the lake is flat and sandy, making it a great place to hang out or even pitch a tent for the evening.

Things to Remember

On weekends the authorities do not allow car parking on the plateau and you have to park a couple of kilometres away where parking space is provided. From there you have an option of taking a State Transport bus, for a reasonable fare, to go to the plateau or you can walk. Also take care not to litter the area since it is a unique biodiversity site. Do not trample the flowerbeds or pick the flowers.

A few kilometres away is the village of Bamnoli on the bank of the Koyna lake, where you can take boat rides.


There are not many choices to stay if you want to visit Kaas. Kaas Holiday Resort (Cell: 09822046163, 099210- 95875; Tariff: 2,000–2,500) in Atali on Satara-Kaas Road, about 4 km from Kaas Plateau, offers breathtaking views of the Sahyadris and the Kaas valley. Further ahead lies Nivant Hill Resort (Tel: 02162-282678-79; Tariff: Rs. 2,500–3,000), about 15 km from Kaas. The resort has an amazing location with valley-facing rooms. There are a few homestays in the nearby villages set up by the Joint Forest Management Committee along with MTDC. They charge about . 600 per person including meals. Or else, stay at Satara, the base town for visiting Kaas.


A few small eateries offering Maharashtrian cuisine can be found in Kaas but don’t expect anything fancy here.


When to go Best time to visit Kaas Plateau is after the rains till October end. Many people visit Kaas during the rains. However, the plants bloom only in late August to September

Forest Office

Deputy Conservator Of Forests (Satara Division)
Van Bhawan,
Near Godoli Forest Nursery
Tel: 02162-220057-59
STD code 02162

Region Desh

Location In the Sahyadri range, 22 km from Satara

Distance 134 km S of Pune

Route from Pune NH4 to Kaas



Air Nearest airport: Pune’s Lohegaon Airport (134 km/ 1.5 hours). Taxi costs about 3,500

Rail Nearest railhead: Satara (25 km/ 40 minutes). Taxi charges about 1,000

Road Drive down the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH4 upto Satara. Ask for directions for Kaas Road. The distance is about 22 km from Satara Taxi charges approx 7,000. Contact Treks and Trails India (W for 1-2 days tours from Mumbai to Kaas

Bus There are many Volvo buses that ply to Satara from Mumbai and Pune. MSRTC runs a few buses from Satara to Kaas but hiring a cab (1,000) or an auto (700) is a better option