Saturday, September 22, 2007

Kas A.K.A Kaas Plateau

I don't remember how I set out for this one, neither do I remember any of the details. Since I am writing it down after almost a year. Although, the idea was to capture the late monsoon beauty of the Sahyadris, esp. the wildflowers. Places like Raireshwar, Kaas/Kas have always been much cherished places on the list.
I had almost completed the quote of 10+ this season plus an earlier outing to Thoseghar gave an additional familiarity with the Thoseghar-Kas region.
On the judgment day three more friends of mine and I set out towards Kas.

Edit: Courtsey - Mu a dear friend who was a partner in crime. We read about Kas in TOI. Typically come monsoon and you have these newspapers flooded with tips for monsoon outings and some such things for the wannabes. We latched on that piece of information and maybe set out with expectation that we are going to witness a spectacle a-la Valley of Flowers.

Now for the direction seeker from Pune :
* Reach Satara by NH-4 or whatever ways you prefer. Enter Satara by taking a left on NH-4. There are clear directions once you enter the city, else take the route towards Ajinkyatara. By the base of Ajinkyatara continue on right towards Kas. Memory beats me but must beAround 15 odd kms from here.
The road is absolutely absolutely fun for a drive, no potholes no problems. PMC has lot to learn from these guys.

Kaas/Kas is a volcanic plateau that becomes home to millions of tiny flowers in late monsoons. The whole spectacle is beyond words. There is a little lake thats formed by the catchment of rainwater. The road continues to Bamanoli towards Koyana backwaters from here. Thoseghar coupled with Kas is a much much recommended for anyone looking for a nice stress free drive, some good pictures and anyone looking to catch few leeches :D


Mu said...

In case i remember correctly, we ventured out to this place, because of an article in Times - depicting the flower valley.
Ofcourse there were flowers all around, but we were pissed off due to their size.

BuD said...

Haha. Welcome welcome. Vankkam [ thats how the Tamils in Bangalore greet ?] .

Haha. Yeah man. Size did matter. Haha. Yeah. Btw, I owe you a call sometime. Had been planning it for a while. How are things in Bangalore moving for you ?

Mu said...

Life's good so far.
Catch you during the weekend, unless you out for an overnite trek

BuD said...

No re. Idhar hi hoon. Not going anywhere this weekend. Sure will catch you over the weekend :-)

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