Once the capital of the Maratha kingdom, Satara is famous for a number of reasons. This historical place is also home to a UNESCO world heritage site named - Kaas Plateau of Flowers. This rich natural treasure trove can only be compared to the 'Valley of flowers' in Uttaranchal, North India and is no less than any hollywood destination! Sahyadris are already amongst the two 'Indian hot spots' for biodiversity amongst the 34 around the world.
The origins of the name 'Kaas' are obscure. This place was home to"Kaasa"- a plant and the place probably draws its name from it. In the local dialect, Kaasa means a lake and this too could be the reason.
The Plateau receives an annual average of 2000 to 2500 mm rainfall. To speak in numbers, there are more than 1500 types of plants here. Over 1452 species, 156 botanical families, 400 medicinal plants that have made Kaas their home. The endangered varieties have 624 entries in all, of which 6% are found here! Later as monsoon settles the flowers bloom in millions, each of different hue, shape, texture and sizes!