Vasota stands tall amidst the dense evergreen forests of the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and will mesmerize you with its beauty. Each contour of the Vasota hills enhances its beauty many times over. A trek through this dense forest is an exciting and thrilling experience. Vasota is the most popular Jungle trek in Maharashtra. Situated on the western edge of the Satara District Vasota is covered in dense forest all the way through. With panoramic view of the shiv saagar lake on the eastern sife and the konkan plains on the west and surrounded by the river Koyna Vasota makes a special treat for trekkers. There are two forts, juna Vasota and navin Vasota. juna Vasota on top of babukada – the second tallest cliff in Maharashtra is not accesible. There are two entrances to the navin Vasota one of which is in a dilapidated state as of now and the fort can be entered through only the second entrance. On entering the fort there is a Hanuman temple which is devoid of a roof. From here the straight path leads to the remnants of the fortRead more
Kas Plateau – The Valley of Flowers. The Kas Plateau situated amidst high hill plateaus and grasslands turns into a ‘valley of flowers’ during monsoon season, especially in the month of August. As per the Forest Departments Board at Kas Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses that are found in Kas. The orchids bloom here for a period of 3-4 weeks during this season. Many of the flowers and plants that grow here are insectivorousvorous.
Towards the south of the Kas Plateau is the Kas Lake which adds to the beauty of the flower carpet the plateau adorns. Kas lake looks like a bowl carved out of the green verdant mountains. Surrounded by lush greenery Kas Lake is a beautiful location to unpack your picnic basket! Bamnoli about 15 Kms from Kas is where you can get permits to most exhilarating treks that one can go for in Maharashtra. Vasota fort, located with in the Koyna wild life sanctuary is completely cut off from civilization and can be reached only in a boat. The permit for the trek can be procured from Bamnoli one of the entry points to the Vasota trek. Nageshwar temple is also worthy of a visit in Vasota!
The Koyna River which originates in Mahableshwar Kandatiriver which originates in Kandati Valley and Solashi river which originates near Mahableshwar at the confluence (TRIVENI SANGAM) of three rivers Shembadi village of sataraJaoli is located. Kaskoynaagrotourism is located in shembadi village
Chakdev is a small Village/hamlet in JawaliTaluka in Satara District of Maharashtra State, India. It comes under ChakdevPanchayath. It belongs to Desh or Paschim Maharashtra region . It belongs to Pune Division . It is located 51 KM towards west from District head quartersSatara. 30 KM from Jawali.Satara is nearest town to Chakdev which is approximately 70km away.
Bhambavli Vajrai Waterfall is the tallest waterfall of India. The height of this waterfall is 1840 ft (560m) and it falls from a straight cliff having three steps (stages). The water for waterfall comes from the river Urmodi. It is origin of river Urmodi. The waterfall is situated in district of Satara in western Maharashtra. It is about 5 km away from well-known Kas Flower Valley and 2 km away from Bhambavli Flower Valley. The lush green mountains and the flowers in nearby flower valley please your senses. The pleasant weather actually relaxes you like anything. But the star attraction of this place is tranquility. The place is simply deserted and there are no hawkers, unwanted guides and cameramen to disturb you. The waterfall is perennial in nature and hence you will hardly find any day when it’s gone dry (flows 12 months in a year).
Tapola famously called the mini Kashmir of the west, is a rustic hamlet with a magnificent lake – Shivsagar. Tapola is at the end of the road and practically a dead end! From Mahabaleshwar Tapola is approx 25 KMS away (Pune to Tapola 150 Kms) and the drive to Tapola is a picturesque one with vistas galore on either side of the road. Tapola is also the base village to the Vasota Fort famous for the Jungle trek. The primary attraction in Tapola is the Shivsagar Lake – a 90 km long Water Body infect the reservoir of the Koyna dam!! If you are a water sports enthusiast Tapola is the place to head to. Be it boating, water scooter rides, kayaking or swimming Tapola is the best.
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and natural World Heritage Site, which is located in Satara district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. The sanctuary is nested in the Western Ghats, covering an area of around 423.55 km2 (163.53 sq mi),
It was notified in 1985 as a wildlife sanctuary situated in Maharashtra. It forms the northern portion of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, with Chandoli National Park forming the southern part of the reserve.
The sanctuary has dense forests with three major sections, Vasota, Maharkhor and Indavli Met, and is endowed with natural protective boundaries, with Shivsagar Lake on one side, and the slopes of the Western Ghats on both sides. These geographic barriers have enabled the emergence of a wide variety of flora and fauna and high biodiversity in the sanctuary
The sanctuary has a diverse variety of mammals including the keystone species, Bengal tigers (>6). Also, Indian leopards (14), Indian gaur (220-250), sloth bears (70-80), sambar deer (160-175), barking deer (180-200) and mouse deer, common graylangurs, smooth-coated otters and Indian giant squirrels are common. Many species of birds are found in the sanctuary including the distinctive heart-spotted woodpecker, rufous woodpecker, and brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, Asian fairy bluebird, long-tailed nightjar and crested goshawk. Large Indian pythons and Spectacled cobras are found here.