Purushwadi fireflies trail

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Who wouldn’t want to dive into the myriad of colors dissipated by the sparkling fireflies? Come June, head to Purushwadi Fireflies Festival where you get to celebrate the beautiful and vibrant colors of nature amidst glowing fireflies.
In June, millions of fireflies come out in the open and create a fascinating spectacle for the onlookers. Fireflies are actually not flies but beetles with glowing abdomens. Over 2000 species of fireflies can be spotted in the woods of Purushwadi. The wonderful creatures dissipate light to attract the opposite sex. Male fireflies send signals in the form of distinct patterns of flashing light and females respond to them in their own way of signaling. The exchange of light creates a spellbinding phenomenon for the onlookers. The flies live long enough to mate and lay eggs and eventually they die.

Purushwadi Fireflies Festival – All You Need To Know

Fireflies lighting up the forest area at night

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Purushwadi is perfect for a weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai, offering a serene and quiet retreat. It is also ideal for camping in the woods, by the lakeside or plan a stay in a homestay in the village.

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Purushwadi Fireflies Festival Dates & Venue

Dates: NA

Best time to attend: The first two weeks of June are ideal

Venue: Purushwadi

How To Reach Purushwadi

Aerial view of Purushwadi village in Maharashtra

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Purushwadi is a tribal village in Akole Taluka, Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra, which can be easily reached by road. Over the past few years, it has been maintained and promoted by Grassroutes – an organization bridging the urban and the rural culture in the village.

You can reach Purushwadi by rail and road. Igatpuri, well connected with Mumbai, is the nearest railhead to Purushwadi Village at a distance of 70 km. One can also reach Purushwadi from places like Nashik, Pune, and Shirdi. They all are well connected with major cities across India by airways and railways.

Distance from Mumbai to Purushwadi: 190 km
Distance from Pune to Purushwadi:
164 km


Tariff & Contact Details

Canvas tent charges: INR 4500 per night onwards. For complete tariff details, see here.

To attend: Email at info@grassroutes.co.in or call at 91-8879477437

Fireflies Festival Schedule

Fireflies in the jungle at night

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12:00 pm – Traditional welcome followed by tent allocation. Take some time to freshen up before lunch.
01:00 pm – Organic vegetarian in villager’s homes
04:30 pm – Tea & snacks
05:00 pm – Walk around the village followed by games & activities
07:30 pm – Traditional dinner
08:30 pm – Witness the fireflies as you walk around the village


6 am – Bed tea and sunrise trek
8 am – Breakfast
10 am – Fun activities like plucking mangoes, swimming in the river, sowing rice
1 pm – Lunch
2 pm – Tea & snacks

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Expect sluggish conditions at places around because you would be visiting it soon after the rainfall (most probably!). Mind your surroundings.
  • Don’t flash a torch at a tree full of fireflies. They go mad upon seeing the light.
  • The worms are not warm, they emit light because of the phenomenon called bioluminescence. So when they sit on you, allow them to walk. Don’t get scared.

Other Experiences In Purushwadi

Here is a list of other experiences in Purushwadi that you can witness for an extraordinary holiday.

1. Photography: See And Click The Best Of Nature

Fireflies Festival in Purushwadi is a great occasion to click amazing pictures of the beautiful environs and the fireflies.

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2. Stay: Enjoy Beautiful Stay Amid The Clouds

Camp stays in Purushwadi village

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One can plan an overnight stay in a camp during the visit to this village.

3. Activities: Indulge

Various experiences and activities one can enjoy in Purushwadi

Some of the best activities to enjoy here are swimming and getting to know more about the village life.

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4. Marathi Food: Relish

A local village woman cooking traditional food for tourists in Purushwadi

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Each state has its own cuisine, and while in Purushwadi one can enjoy the local Marathi cuisine.

5. Locals: Mingle With The Happy People

Tourists mingling with the locals of Purushwadi

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The festival offers one to mingle with the villagers and enjoy simplicity.

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Now you know a lot about the Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2022. So, prepare yourself to see the dance of fireflies. Be there and stand testimony to one of the beautiful spectacles unfolding in Purushwadi. Plan a trip to Mumbai with TravelTriangle and attend the festival! Write to us about it in the comments below.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Purushwadi Fireflies Festival

How do I get to Purushwadi?

One can reach Purushwadi by road from major cities like Pune, Nashik, and Mumbai. The nearest railhead is at Igatpuri, at a distance of 70 km.

Are there fireflies in India?

Yes, there are fireflies in India, and one can see them at places like Purushwadi.

Where can I find fireflies in India?

Some of the best places to see fireflies are:
1. Bhandardara
2. Purushwadi
3. Rajmachi Fort
4. Sandhan Valley
5. Dang Forest

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