A tour to "KAAS PLATEAU OF FLOWERS".
Kaas plateau is also known as "Kaas Pathar", the word "Pathar" meaning plateau in Marathi language..The soil is reddish brown in colour due to laterite(Jambha) stone and hence the name "Kaas Pathar"."Kaas Plateau" in Maharashtra was a prime agenda on my "Monsoon nature tours" for 2013.In June 2012 "Kaas Plateau" was declared a "WORLD HERITAGE SITE" by "U.N.E.S.C.O " and since then a botanists tour became a common tourist tour for numerous tourists from Mumbai and Pune.Had been on a single day tour to "Kaas Plateau" with "Trek Mates India" tour group.The tour format was departure by bus on Friday(6-9-2013) night from Mumbai and returning back on Sunday night(8-9-2013).On arrival at Kaas the weather conditions were akin to British weather, cool and cloudy.Prior to the discovery of the wild flowering monsoon phenomenon on this plateau there was a plan to develop "Kaas Plateau" into a hill resort similar to Mahabaleshwar including with a airport ! Henceforth "Kaas Plateau" would be preserved as a natural wonder of nature a result of the "UNESCO World Heritage " tag and not as a overcrowded popular hill-station..The area of Kaas plateau is approx 1000 hectares and receives approx 2000 to 2500 mm of rainfall during the monsoon months , most of the rainwater being drained through the porous laterite(Jambha) rock.A thin layer of top soil supports vegetation only during the monsoon season on this small plateau , beginning in June with evergreen grass and ending in October.Was amazed at the carpet of wild flowers akin to a meadow, the unique flowering of this plateau.The peak flowering season is during the months of August and September and phases of October hence giving Kaas Plateau its unique place as Maharashtra's plateau of flowers.There are more than 1500 types of plants with over 400 plants being of medicinal value.The colourful blossoming of each different plant species last approx for only a fortnight and hence from August to September the entire Kaas Plateau has different flower colouring with various plant species flowering at different interval of the Monsoon season.Most importantly flowering is directly related to the Monsoon pattern on Kaas Plateau. If in Maharashtra during the Monsoon season then don't miss a overnight day's tour to "Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra State's plateau of Monsoon flowering in India.
Read my blog for detailed information on a tour to kaas plateau:-http://plateaukaas.blogspot.in/Related to:
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Nagaon Beach Hamlet
Just about a hundred kilometers from amchi Mumbai lies a quaint little beach getaway called Nagaon. A perfect destination to unwind during a languorous weekend.
Get on the Mumbai Goa highway and stop at Hotel Karnala for a brief respite. The batata vadas/biryani/chai here are amazing. The owner (Mr.Hattiangadi) of this idyllic restaurant is a very amiable bloke who will help you out with any details about the route and your destination. He would even suggest places to stay/things to do in Nagaon. Once you have refreshed yourself , hit the road again and at Vadkhal naka don’t turn left but keep going onwards toward Alibag. At the Jakat naka in Alibag you will find a left turn to lead you to heavenly Nagaon which lies just seven kilometers away.
The narrow path that leads you in, is dotted with cottages on either side proudly displaying the sign, ‘MTDC approved’. Most of these cottages/resorts are operated/owned by Mumbaikars. Don’t be too surprised if one of them turns out to be someone from your neighborhood.
You can stay at any of these cottages and be assured that the beach is never very far. At the most you would have to stroll down a sandy path for five minutes. The rates also uniformly hover around Rs.100/- per head per day for lodging. The rooms are generally clean and so are the toilets.
Your food will be what the cottage owner eats. It will be cooked only after you place your order, in the owner’s kitchen, and that too at very reasonable rates. A fish curry rice with some green salad will not cost you more than Rs.sixty per head.
So once you have decided which pillow you would like to rest your head on, you are ready to indulge! The invigorating air of the beach will beckon you to let yourself go, release all the urban stress and take that cool dip in the ocean.
The multi colored shells clustered on the shore are a revelation.
Enjoy any which way you can on this primal beach resort in almost total privacy.Related to:
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Malhar Fort is easy to get to and not on the tourist path. It is in Sonori village on the road to Saswad
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