‘The Kaas Plateau’ also known as the ‘Kaas Pathar’

Photographed at ‘The Kaas Plateau’ also known as the ‘Kaas Pathar’ is a plateau situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range, 22 kilometers from Satara city in Maharashtra state of India and is known for various types of wild flowers which bloom during August-September every year. The area of plateau is located at a height of 1200 mt. and is approximately 1,000 hectare. The name Kaas originates from Kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulosus). It has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The place has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants including Orchids, Karvy and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica. This comes under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of Western Ghats which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kaas Plateau is rich in its Bio-diversity. Many species are observed on plateau which are new to the Botanical Science. Many of the endemic, endangered plants are found on Plateau. More than 850 species of flowering plants are reported on the plateau. 624 species have entered in the Red Data Book. Out of these 624 species, 39 are found only in Kaas Region.
Pink Flower: Impatiens oppositifolia
Blue Flower: Utricularia purpurascens
White Flower: Eriocaulon Sedgewicki – Gend

 

Photograph ID: _MG_8010 The Kaas Plateau also known as the “Kaas Pathar”

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