We hired a car driver for a day costing Rs. 1000 plus food. We started our journey from Mumbai at 4:45 am. 45 km of driving at 5:35 am we reached Mumbai Pune Expressway. After crossing Khalapur toll tax we stop at Hotel Neeta International for breakfast. We had 3 idlis, 3 vadas plus 3 tea. Cost Rs. 285 we paid. We re-started our journey after the breakfast. Another 62 km driving, Mumbai Pune expressway ends. The time was 7:20 am. 8:50 am we again stop for a cup of tea at Pargaon. Tea Rs. 15 and Bhajiya Rs. 15. We paid Rs. 60 for three people. Another 46 km and totalÂ 267 km by now we reached right turn for Satara city. We took a right turn that goes to Kaas via Satara city. 21 km more driving we reached Kaas plataeu at 11:20 am.
Mumbai to Kaas plateau distance is 295 km.
Total journey hours from Mumbai to Kaas plateau is 6 hours 30 minutes approx.
Entry fee per person at Kaas plateau is Rs. 10/-. Four wheel parking cost – Rs. 40, digital camera charges Rs. 100/-.Â Total Rs. 180 we paid.
We spend about 2 hours at Kaas Plateau with guide Shyam Rao Kadam. He charged us Rs. 100 per hour. He showed us many varieties of flowers such as Balsam, Abolima, Nilima, Topli Karvi, Brochera, Brahmini, Raan Halak, Toothbrush Orchid, Deep Kandi,Â Iltukoloria, Chandni Gend, Karnphool, Big Sunki, Kandil Pushp, Hathi Sund, Karwand, Jambul, Dupli Karvi,Â Dagdi Phool, Mickey Mouse, Tutari, Chendu Gend, Jambli Manziri and many more..
After spending about 2 hours at Kaas plateau we were hungry. While returning we stop at Hotel Blue valley nearby Kaas plateau for lunch. Two of us had non-veg. thali (Rs. 180) and one veg. thali (Rs. 140). The quality of lunch was too good.
Another 295 km of driving we reached Mumbai at 9:15 pm.
Total toll tax we paid to and fro approx. Rs. 665.
Though flowers at Kaas plateau can be seen from August till October but best time to visitÂ as per guide is September and October. Kaas plateau is in 550 hectares land. In the year 2012 it is declared as World Heritage site by UNESCO. There are about 130 varieties of flowers. The altitude is 1213 meters.
A must visit plateau at least once.