Fireflies festival 2022 is about to begin! For those unaware of what this festival is about – every year just before monsoon, in the month of May and June, you can spot innumerable fireflies after sunset around Mumbai and various regions of Maharashtra. The sight of thousands of fireflies glowing in the dark is a sight to behold!
Fireflies also called as Kajawa in Marathi and Jugnu in Hindi emit light in various patterns (up to 2000 designs!) to attract the opposite gender.
Fireflies in Mumbai and most megacities are not much discussed and seen as the chaos and too much light of the city make it difficult to spot them. However, there are many places around Mumbai and Maharashtra where these gleaming bugs exist in the highest density. Various firefly events near Mumbai, away from noise and light pollution are organized each year to spot fireflies. A firefly trail is one of a kind experience and will truly excite you.
Gear up for the most unique natural trails that the firefly festival of Maharashtra has to offer. Choose from destinations such as Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Kondane, Purushwadi, and Bhandhardhara to explore the expanse of the Western Ghats covered with twinkling small lights, this pre-monsoon!
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|Introduction to fireflies|
|List of destinations to witness fireflies|
|Firefly festival FAQs|
1. Why do fireflies glow?
Fireflies contain a specialized chemical called luciferin in their abdomen. This chemical when combined with oxygen and luciferase enzyme results in a chemical reaction causing their abdomen to glow.
2. Where can I find fireflies near me?
Fireflies can be found in areas away from cities after sunset and mostly at the margins of forests, near ponds, rivers, lakes or streams.
3. Where can I find fireflies near Mumbai? Where can I find fireflies in Maharashtra?
The regions in Sahyadri or the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and some areas around Mumbai are the best places to see fireflies. This includes Rajmachi, Purushwadi, forests around Mulshi Lake, Bhandardara, Prabalmachi, Bhimashankar, Samrad, Ratanwadi, Harishchandragad, Dehne, Ghatghar Dam and Kondane.
4. When will the firefly festival start near Mumbai?
The firefly festival near Mumbai starts in May and June. Fireflies avoid light pollution and they die once the rain begins. Hence, firefly festivals start in the pre-monsoon months near Mumbai.
5. Which month is the best to witness fireflies in Maharashtra?
Late May and June are the best months to witness fireflies in Maharashtra. Join TTrikon’s firefly festivals to explore fireflies gleaming at their best.
6. What are all places to witness fireflies in Maharashtra?
There are various places in Maharashtra to witness fireflies. This includes Purushwadi, Rajmachi, Siddhagad, Samrad and Ratandwadi.
7. Where to find the highest density of fireflies near Mumbai?
Purushwadi, Rajmachi, Bhandardara, Siddhagad, Samrad, and Dehne near Mumbai are where you can find the highest density of fireflies as these places have less light pollution.
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