Friday, 28 December 2012

Kaas Plateau

Kaas Pathar is a plateau made from volcanic rocks in the Satara district of Maharashtra, and comes under the biosphere of the Western Ghats. Hailed as Maharashtra's answer to the Valley of Flowers, Kaas is famous for its overwhelming carpets of flowers which come alive by the fag end of the monsoons. During this time, the plateau receives an average rainfall of 2000 mm, and much of the water seeps through the porous laterite rocks. The whole area is covered with flowers of varying colours, the dominant colour changing with the time of the year. More than 450 species of flowers, orchids and even carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica are found in Kaas.

Spread over 1000 acres, Kaas is a protected bio diversity reserve and has been designated as World Heritage Nature Site by UNESCO. The ecosystem of the plateau is very fragile, the layer of soil over the volcanic rocks is at times just a few cm thick, and many of the plant species endemic to this area are already in the endangered list.

Source : Happy Trips

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