Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kaas Plateau, India - #AtoZChallenge

Visiting India, especially the Western Ghats of Maharashtra during Monsoon can be enchanting if you are willing to overlook heavy rainfall in certain cities, traffic jams and potholes ridden roads. If you are one of the people who hate rains then this trip can completely change your outlook to this lovely season underrated in some parts of the world due to the overcast sky. However, I will strictly recommend skipping Mumbai from the itinerary except for the landing and taking off from Mumbai airport.

When nature is at its best between July and August, head to various locations in the Western Ghats and they will leave you breathless with the misty roads, never-ending lush green fields and the heavenly scent of wet earth. If you happen to be in India during August or September then don't miss a visit to Kaas Plateau near Satara. It is a natural phenomenon, wherein acres of land are covered with wildflowers without anybody planting or tending those. Depending on the area and the seasonality, you can see pink, violet, blue, yellow carpets which just beam on the background of bright blue sky.

We enjoyed the drive to this place as much as the place itself, it was serene, full of natural wonders such as carnivorous plants, tiny flowers (we had to use a magnifying glass to see those) and some flowers we had never even seen or heard of.
P.C.Kedar Gadre

We saw a flower called Vigna Vexillata or locally known as Halunda. The flower had a bright spot on only one of its petals which was optimum place for pollination. The bright spot attracts bees or other pollinating agents to ensure that it would not settle on any other petal. The pressure on that very spot brings out the male stem out of a tiny tube in a way that it would touch the feet of the bee or pollinating agent attaching the pollens to its feet. The pollinating agent then carries it from one flower to another causing pollination of the flower. Truly, nature works in mysterious ways. A flower which has both the male & female parts of reproduction is complete in itself in a way, yet it is dependent on a pollinating agent or a bee for its pollination. Complete yet not capable of surviving on its own, it was a great message of co-existing. Nothing in this world can exist on its own, not even human beings. We all depend on other animals, birds, insects and many non-living things for our survival and live in harmony with each other accepting each others' faults and shortcomings.

Below is a video showing this natural wonder in action.



Tips for visiting Kaas Plateau 

1) The best time is late August or early September however, the bloom depends on the rainfall and other weather aspects, so there is no assured period and it is somewhat up to your luck
2) The nearest place with accommodation options is Satara, although they may be very basic
3) Make sure you carry enough sun protection and insect repellants
4) Carry an umbrella or a jacket as you may encounter some scattered showers
5) Be mindful of this gift from nature, don't destroy any of the flowers or plants by walking over those



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3 comments:

  1. Great slideshow. Isn't nature awesome?

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  2. Have visited this place once....it's really breathtakingly beautiful!!!

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  3. I live close to the Western Ghats but never been to Kaas Plateau. Sounds and looks wonderful. Going into my to visit list.

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