Fireflies Festival 2024


Fireflies Festival 2024 is about to begin! For those unaware of what this festival is about – every year just before monsoon, in 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 called 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 are seen as the chaos and too much light in 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 yearly to spot fireflies. A firefly trail is a kind experience and will truly excite you.

Gear up for the most unique natural trails the Firefly Festival of Maharashtra offers. Choose from destinations such as Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Purushwadi, and Bhandhardhara to explore the expanse of the Western Ghats covered with twinkling small lights, this pre-monsoon!

here are our upcoming Fireflies Festival event.

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Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Special Camping - Tour

Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Special Camping

  • 1 Night 2 Days
  • Shendi, Maharashtra
₹ 1,999View Details
Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2024 - Tour

Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2024

  • 1 Night 2 Days
  • Dadar, Maharashtra
₹ 3,499View Details
Prabalmachi Fireflies Special Trek - Tour

Prabalmachi Fireflies Special Trek

  • 1 Night 2 Days
  • Panvel, Maharashtra
₹ 1,699View Details
Fireflies Special Lake Side Camping Near Lonavala - Tour

Fireflies Special Lake Side Camping Near Lonavala

  • 1 Night 2 Days
  • Siddharth Nagar, Maharashtra
₹ 1,999View Details
Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek - Tour

Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek

  • 1 Night 2 Days
  • Lonavala, Maharashtra
₹ 1,999View Details

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 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, etc

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. 

Some interesting facts about fireflies:

  • Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are a type of beetle belonging to the family Lampyridae.
  • There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies worldwide, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Fireflies are most commonly found in humid and tropical regions, but they also inhabit temperate and arid regions.
  • Fireflies are known for their bioluminescence, which is the ability to produce light through a chemical reaction. This light is used for communication, mating, and defense.
  • Fireflies use a complex system of flashing patterns to communicate with each other. Different species of fireflies have different flashing patterns, and males and females of the same species use different patterns to find each other.
  • Fireflies are not actually flies, but are beetles. They have two pairs of wings, and their bodies are elongated and soft.
  • The lifespan of a firefly is typically only a few months, and they spend most of their life in the larval stage.
  • Fireflies are important to the ecosystem as both predators and prey. Firefly larvae feed on snails, slugs, and other small insects, while adult fireflies are often eaten by birds and spiders.
  • Fireflies are considered a bioindicator species, meaning their presence or absence can indicate the health of an ecosystem.
  • Fireflies are a popular cultural symbol, and have been featured in literature, art, and folklore around the world.


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