The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaas Plateau in Maharashtra has attracted tourists thanks to its rich biodiversity. With a wide variety of endemic and endangered plants, including 850 species of flowering plants, Kaas Plateau is a sought-after sightseeing spot in the state. The best part is that after a 6-month hiatus, UNESCO World Heritage Kaas Plateau will reopen to tourists with its day safari.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaas Plateau In Maharashtra Reopens For Tourists After 6 Months
According to a TOI report, Kaas Plateau has started the Kaas darshan ‘day’ safari. After being shut for 6 months (since June) Kaas Plateau has reopened to tourists. It has resumed bookings for the same. The resumption of the safari will boost tourism in the region. Moreover, it will offer employment opportunities for the local youth.
The Kas Plateau Executive Committee revealed to TOI that it faced a revenue loss due to the delayed resumption of the day safari. Nevertheless, now that safari has resumed, the committee looks forward to the improvement in revenue and employment opportunities for the youth. On the 50-km day safari, visitors can seamlessly explore the scenic beauty of the Kaas plateau and its stunning surroundings.
The TOI report states that the day safari takes visitors across the Kas Plateau, Mandapghal caves, Venna River and Navra-Navri hill at Attadi village. It also takes visitors to Ghatai Devrai or sacred groves, Kumudini lake, Andhari Sahyadri Nagar windmills and Vanjulwadi. The Deputy Head of the Kas Plateau Executive Committee, Datta Kirdat informs TOI that the Kaas Flower Festival is held between the end of August to mid-October. While most points of the day safari are closed for visitors, they can explore many natural sites during the rest of the year.
Waterfalls, Caves, Sacred Groves & More
Villages in the Kaas plateau area set up an executive committee under the guidance of the Satara Forest Department. This was done to preserve the biodiversity of the Kas flower plateau. The UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Kaas Flower Festival celebrates the rich tapestry of flora and fauna. Apart from offering tourists the chance to traverse diverse landscapes like waterfalls, sacred groves and caves, the safari, more importantly, helps the local youth with employment opportunities. Also, it gives the local youth a responsibility to focus on wildlife conservation.
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Apart from the Kaas Plateau, tourists like to visit Sajjangad also known as “Fort of Good People”. Built in the 18th century, this fort is considered to be the resting place of Sant Ramdas. Thoseghar Waterfall, nestled 20 km away from Satara city has a series of waterfalls which are 200m in height. Kaas Lake, a scenic waterbody, surrounded by greenery is a place tourists bustle for ‘Gram-worthy pictures and to enjoy a slice of tranquillity.
Meanwhile, now that Kaas Plateau has restarted its day safari and has opened up for tourists again after 6 months, are you planning a winter vacay here anytime soon?
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