Chalkewadi Windmill Farm, Satara

3 Oct

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.

Windmills of Chalkewadi. Satara, Maharashtra

Windmills of Chalkewadi. Satara, Maharashtra

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 ย photo essay.

The windmills all around here, Satara

The windmills all around here, Satara

Set amidst lush green hills, valleys and the red soil these windmills make a beautiful sight. ย 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.

Windmills and Electricity Poles, Chalkewadi, Satara, Maharashtra

Windmills and Electricity Poles, Chalkewadi, Satara, Maharashtra

Standing near one of these actually gives you a perspective on how huge these things actually are.

Perspective - See the small person standing next to the windmill

Perspective – See the small person standing next to the windmill

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.

Flowering around the windmills, Chalkewadi, Satara

Flowering around the windmills, Chalkewadi, Satara

Utricularia, Chalkewadi, Satara

Utricularia, Chalkewadi, Satara

Karvi plant, Chalkewadi, Satar

Karvi plant, Chalkewadi, Satar

There were numerous buffaloes returning home too and they made a very pretty picture amidst all the rain.

Buffaloes returning home in the rain, Chalkewadi, Satara

Buffaloes returning home in the rain, Chalkewadi, Satara

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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16 Responses to “Chalkewadi Windmill Farm, Satara”

  1. mvschulze October 3, 2013 at 20:45 #

    I like the pictures, but especially “Windmills and electricity poles…” Beautiful image. M

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  2. The World Is My Cuttlefish October 4, 2013 at 02:48 #

    Fabulous pictures. I am saddened to hear that the people are linking the wind turbines with problems that probably arose from that which the turbines are seeking to ameliorate ie climate change.

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    • getsetandgo October 5, 2013 at 00:00 #

      Thanks. Thats true but I am still researching more on this subject to figure the actual reason for the decreasing rainfall.

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  3. Juliana Lightle October 4, 2013 at 07:28 #

    Windmills are everywhere here because the wind blows a lot. Many farmers like them because they get paid to put windmills on their land and they just farm around them. The only problem or criticism here is that they ruin the view and one other: one relatively rare native species of bird called the lesser prairie chicken (not a chicken at all) will not nest anywhere near them. Speculations vary as to the cause, but one plausible explanation is that the birds think the windmills are some kind of giant hawk or eagle, a predator.

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    • getsetandgo October 5, 2013 at 00:01 #

      Wow, thats an interesting fact. I could have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Bhavikk shah October 4, 2013 at 13:01 #

    HI,
    Thanks for sharing..I have this aajeeb laggav (special affection) for these wind mills….
    I dnt know why ..but I beome child seeing one of those…hahahaa
    Anyways thanks for sharing maam,
    Regards
    Bhavikk shah
    RENEWABLE ENERGY MUCH BETTER THAN NUCLEAR

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    • getsetandgo October 5, 2013 at 00:02 #

      Thanks for the kind words and we all have topics that are close to our hearts ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A.H. October 4, 2013 at 18:56 #

    The valley filled with flowers is so pretty; reminds you of the Swiss slopes of Yash Chopra movies!

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    • getsetandgo October 5, 2013 at 00:03 #

      Hahahaโ€ฆ It actually looks quite a bit like that ๐Ÿ™‚ Only thing missing is SRK and his violin ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Nikhil Chandra October 5, 2013 at 10:44 #

    Good one…once again…But how come windmill affect rain. It’s same like some people saying hydroelectricity (as in waters reserved in dams) reduces water’s ability to nurture crops ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • getsetandgo October 6, 2013 at 00:49 #

      Thanks Thats true but I am still researching more on this subject to figure the actual reason for the decreasing rainfall.

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  7. pareshkale October 5, 2013 at 19:26 #

    TFS ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Amy October 6, 2013 at 17:40 #

    Great image gallery! Thanks for the wonderful information.

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