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Kas Plateau - The Valley of Flowers..

The Kas Plateau situated amidst high hill plateaus and grasslands turns into a 'valley of flowers' during monsoon season, especially in the month of August. As per the Forest Department?s Board at Kas Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses that are found in Kas. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3-4 weeks during this season.

Kas Lake

Towards the south of the Kas Plateau is the Kas Lake which adds to the beauty of the flower carpet the plateau adorns. Kas lake looks like a bowl carved out of the green verdant mountains.

Kas Plateau or as popularly called Kas Pathar is a vast plateau in Satara district which during most parts of the year is just a hinterland on the way to Tapola and Mahabaleshwar however come monsoons for two months Kas transforms itself into the number one tourist attraction in this region. The valley of flowers of Maharashtra Kas pathar even overshadows Mahabaleshwar in popularity as a weekend retreat during the season!

Kas Pathar

The valley of flowers of Maharashtra Kas pathar even overshadows Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani in popularity as a weekend destination during two months of July and August when the vast plateau of Kas transforms itself into a bed of flowers with more than 150 varieties of flowers. The Kas lake is also an ideal picnic spot near Kas Pathar.
Thoseghar waterfalls and Chalkewadi windmill power plant is approximately 30 kms from Kas Pathar towards Satara. Thoseghar is amongst the tallest water falls in Maharashtra.

Thoseghar Waterfalls

Kas Pathar

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Kas Pathar - Chalkewadi

Bamnoli to Vasota

Bamnoli about 15 Kms from Kas is where you can get permits to the most exhilarating treks that one can go for in Maharashtra. Vasota fort, located with in the Koyna wild life sanctuary is completely cut off from civilization and can be reached only in a boat.
Kas Pathar