After visiting the Thoseghar Fall, we all went to see the Chalkewadi Wind Mill site. This is about 40 kms from Satara and is said to be the largest windmill farm in Asia. I am not surprised as the entire plateau has been developed as a site for setting up windmills and there are hundreds of huge windmills all around.
We drove here from Thoseghar Fall, but by the time we reached here the weather had started taking a turn and dark ominous clouds had started accumulating all around. We had barely managed to take a few pictures before it started pouring. Hence I have very limited photographs of this area that I am sharing through a quick photo essay.
Set amidst lush green hills, valleys and the red soil these windmills make a beautiful sight. There are literally hundreds of wind mills all around you and on the adjoining hills, thereby making them quite a part of this landscape. I also found the movement of their blades quite hypnotic too.
Standing near one of these actually gives you a perspective on how huge these things actually are.
There was also some flowering happening in this area and we saw the Utricularia, Eriocaulon sedgewickii, numerous karvis, sonki, small orchids etc all around here.
There were numerous buffaloes returning home too and they made a very pretty picture amidst all the rain.
While they may make a beautiful sight and many are in support of these windmills, there is also a lot of controversy associated with them. Many villagers blame it for the decreasing rainfall in this area and some also say that these are harming the delicately balanced ecosystem of Kaas. Apparently the construction and related activities of these wind mills destroys the quality of land and the electricity generated kills the various pollinating agents. Though its easy to dismiss the claims of the farmers, but standing near these windmills and looking up at them I can actually believe that they may be causing harm to Kaas. 😦