Friday, August 22, 2008

Kass, Satara (The Plateau of Flowers) 12th to 14th Sep, 2008

Latest News : This trip is housefull.... But let us know if you are still interested to visit Kass at a later date ..... kindly inform on natureindiatours@gmail.com

I am sure, you all must have heard about “Valley of flowers” in Himalayas where hundreds of varieties of wild flowers of all colours bloom in August – September every year….where the valley transforms into no less than a “Heaven” ……hundreds of visitors toil several kms to reach this valley and to experience the bliss.


(Sincere thanks to - Mr.Ritesh Bagul for allowing me to use some of his amazing images on Kass. )
However, not many know that a similar (though not majestic as the Himalayan site) place exists in Maharashtra…..its a “Plateau of flowers”….. famously known as “Kaas plateau” situated approx. 25 kms from Satara city.

The lateritic plateau of Kass has becomes home to millions of tiny flowers in late monsoons. The whole spectacle is beyond words. More than 300 varieties of wild flowers, herbs, orchids, shrubs, insectivorous plants etc. can be seen here in Aug and Sep (Best time is 15th Aug to 15th Sep)….. This plateau overlooks the lush evergreen forests that serves as a water catchment area of Koyna Dam and which is recently declared as “Sahyadri Tiger reserve” ……….


In monsoon the whole area transforms into an unbelievable carpets of flowers like yellow carpets of Smithia and Sonki flowers, Pink carpets of Balsam, Purple carpets of Karvi etc….



It is a dream destination not only for avid botanists but also for those who appreciate nature. These carpets change colours almost every week depending on the dominant flowers during that time.

The place is rich also in minerals and you can see the red patches of laterite rocks typically called ‘Sadaa’ in Marathi.


Click here to view some images from this amazing place…….

http://picasaweb.google.com/adesh.shivkar/KassSataraThePlateauOfFlowers15th16thSep07

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritbphotos/sets/72157594289655216/

http://trekdriver.blogspot.com/2007/01/kas-lake-1st-october06.html

Kass plateau and the surrounding area has a very good birdlife with good sightings of Crested Buntings, Malabar Crested Larks, Oriental White-eyes, Bonelli’s Eagle. It is a heaven for Macro photography too.


Trip Details

Though the trip will be focused on watching the flora and to learn more about them with a distinguished expert, we would also not miss the other fauna such as birds, butterflies and amphibians that are found in plenty there….


Date: 12th Sep, 2008 morning 6.30 am to 14th Sep, 2008 eve 8.00 pm

Resource person: Mr.Adesh Shivkar & Dr. Shraddha Shimpi (HOD- Botany, Pendharkar College, Dombivili)

Mode of Travel : By Minibus (considering the extensive travel to cover the area and also the to and fro travel from Hotel to the Plateau everyday)

Rough Iterinary:

1) Friday 12th Sep, 2008 : Depart to Kass (20 kms from Satara) from Bandra (E) at 6.30 am…..reach by around 1.00 pm- Check in Hotel – Lunch – proceed to the Plateau and the Ghat to watch the species that grow on the slopes – return back at 7 pm

2) Saturday 13th Sep, 2008: Start early morning to the plateau to experience the grandeur of floral carpets – return for lunch and proceed to the Thoseghar Waterfalls to enjoy the beauty of monsoon.

3) Sunday 14th Sep, 2008: Start early for a birding session near Bamnoli (part of Koyna forest)….Flora watch at Kass Plateau.....Return to Hotel at 12 pm – Lunch – Checkout and depart for Mumbai – reach Bandra(E) by 8.00 pm.


Trip charges & Mode of Payment :

Trip Charges : Rs./-

Includes Stay at Hotel Radhika Palace in Satara on triple sharing basis, Travel by 27 seater minibus , Park entry charges if any, vegetarian food, Articles on Kass and Wild flowers & on board snacks and water…….

This does not include any charges other then the above.

Registration: You can register by giving a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable 40 % Advance (Rs.2000/-) …..the remaining amount will be collected in the bus on 12th Sep .

Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the advance money directly to my HDFC A/c : (Please call me to know my A/c no.) .... please mention your name, date and other details….
2) Courier a cheque of Rs.2000/- to the following address

Name: Mr.Adesh Shivkar
Address: D/8, The Adi Janata Society, Behind HP Petrolpump, Opp. Hotel Shangrila, Sion(East), Mumbai-400022

Please reply to me, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries I am available on 9321463362 or 9820455713 or natureindiatours@gmail.com

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar
Nature India
Appreciate, Respect & Care for Nature

6 comments:

Veerendra said...

This is really good. Now that someone has taken this intiative, people will realize that there is a lot of natural beauty around.
I also feel, we should now strive to make it world class. Something like Keukenhof, the Tulip garden in Holland where the shooting of the song Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye hum starring Amitabh and Rekha took place. Great going...keep up the good work

manoj said...

Manoj said...

The photographs are really good. I was the student of Shimpi madam in Pendharkar College. It would have been a great learning experience when you have such a Knowledgeable botanist with you. I am also planning to go to Kass after seeing those wonderful photographs. Special thanks to you for making us aware that even Maharashtra has such beautiful and scenic places.

Syn said...

Please let me know about any proposed trips to Kas plateau in 2009. Thanks

Nikita Singh said...

Looks like a lovely place - another valley of flowers but closer to home -:) The photographs are amazing!

~Nikita

Rajendra Kavathekar said...

Dr. Shraddha Shimpi expired on Monday, 5th October 2009, following a road accident in Kalyan on Sunday, 4th October.
May her soul rest in peace.

Rashmi said...

I am a old student of Shimpi Mandam, i would like to know if u r planning this trip again in future. my email is rashmi.wagh@gmail.com. thanks...