The Kaas plateau of wildflowers: September 2011
Trip Start Oct 21, 2012
24Trip End Ongoing
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Kas plateau of flowers
Wildflowers of Kas plateau
Wildflowers of Satara
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Kas wildflower plateau
The same road traverses part of the Kas Pathar [stone] and continues downhill to first the Kaas Lake then to Bamnoli on the shores of the huge Shiv Sagar or Koyna Lake. Just before Bamnoli, the same road forks to Mhavashi, skirting the Koyna backwaters on to Tapola and Mahabaleshwar.
In the latter half of the monsoons, the Kas plateau is transformed into a wildflower wonderland, hosting the entire range of Western Ghats monsoon endemic species in unfolding chapters from week to week.
Even the most hard nosed person would not fail to be delighted by this spectacular display of nature.
Our first visit to Kas this year was on 15 September 2011 when the weather was overcast with an intermittent fine drizzle, perfect for a 5 hour walk through the flower carpets. At about 2pm, the drizzle turned to torrential rain. We drove onward to Bamnoli hoping the rain would abate, but there was no such luck and after a reviving cup of masala chai at Bamnoli, we turned back for Satara.
The rain had eased to mist on the Yevteshwar plateau beyond Kas and we seized the opportunity to stroll on the wet grasslands for a short while until the rain began again.
The first set of mostly pink photos are from the first trip on 15 September 2011.
The yellow photo set right below are from the second visit on 26 September 2011, when the weather had changed, the sun was an intense blue and it became uncomfortably HOT !!
See also the photos from our 2010 visit here