Remember the last scene from Twilight Saga series where Edward and Bella are reminiscing their epic love story? Sitting amidst meadow, surrounded by beautiful purple, white & yellow flowers; and perhaps a sound of bubbling stream somewhere nearby. Remember?
What if we told you that you could relive that very Hollywood moment at a destination very close to Mumbai & Pune?! The picture above is of Kaas Plateau, a destination that is a rare phenomenon. This volcanic plateau turns into a magical land just after monsoon and a little prior to winter, which is exactly the second week of September up to mid-October. A walk through this 1000 hectare plateau is remarkably pleasant because of the huge patches of wildflowers visible even from a distance! It has fencing on two sides and since it is a biodiversity site, a very limited section of green field is accessible to the visitors. Also, they do not allow more than 3000 visitors in a day, which is why pre-registration on their website is even more important.
So what makes this place so special?
Given that this region is blessed with good climatic conditions, just when the monsoon is about to subside, the plateau turns into a beautiful mosaic with an embroidery of wildflowers, covering the land as far as you can see. It is a magical sight that does not last for more than about two weeks every year. And now is the time to visit.
Kaas Plateau is about 5 hours’ drive from Mumbai and about 3.5 hours’ from Pune.
The nearby locations to Kaas is Kaas Lake (About 2kms), Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani which is about an hours’ drive from Kaas. Now if you are so close to these beautiful hill stations, then who wouldn’t want to extend their trip! But since there is no accommodation or camping sites at Kaas, one can always drive back to Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar and spend rest of their time lazing around. No we don’t intend to laze around just about anywhere, we are talking about spending quality time at Verandah by the Valley, a beautiful bungalow that is located literally on the edge of a valley!
Isn’t this place as romantic as Kaas Plateau? Visit the most trending destination in Maharashtra while this lovely season lasts! And if you’ve already been here, do share your pictures 🙂