Overview/Itinerary

Wada Fireflies Special Trail

A natural phenomenon of its kind that one can witness only once a year. Fireflies are actually winged beetles that produce bioluminescence during twilight. The adults lit up their lower abdomen by a chemical reaction which is courtship behavior. It is to attract mates and prey. The larvae of Fireflies are also known as glowworms. Isn’t this one of those creations of nature which can blow you with its facts?

Our team of experts and rich knowledge of a decade in the field of Wildlife will take you on such a trail where you will witness green, yellow, and red lights around you lit. The whole forest looks like a Christmas-decorated tree with lights all over it.

 

Details for Fireflies Trail

  • Type: Trail
  • No of days: 01 night / 01 day
  • Grade: Beginners
  • Travel Duration: 3hrs (One way)
  • Travel Distance: 100kms (One way)
  • Region: Palghar
  • Range: Sahyadris
  • Cost: Rs. 2999/- per person

 

Fireflies Special Trail Itinerary

Day 1

  • 02:45 pm Meet at Dadar TT, near Chandu Halwai.
  • 03:00 pm Start the journey towards the base village.
  • 03:15 pm Pick up at Sion Circle.
  • 03:30 pm Pick up at Kalanagar, Bandra.
  • 03:45 pm Pick up at WEH metro junction.
  • 04:00 pm Pick up at Oberoi Mall Junction, Goregaon.
  • 04:15 pm Pick up at Growel Mall Junction, Kandivali.
  • 04:20 pm Pick up at SGNP, Borivali.
  • 04:30 pm Pick up at Dahisar Check Naka.
  • 04:40 pm Pick up at Kashimira Junction
  • 05:15 pm Pick up at Vasai Phata Junction.

07:00 pm Reach the campsite.

09:00 pm Dinner (local cuisine)

10:00 pm Night train scouting some fireflies – jungle trek.

Stay in AC dorms. (Male / Female separate stay)

 

Day 2

07:00 am Wake-up call.

07:30 am Morning hike.

09:00 am Breakfast.

10:30 am Check out from the campsite.

04:00 pm Approx. Arrival at Mumbai.

 

Please Note

  • The sighting of fireflies is a natural phenomenon that depends on weather conditions. We can hope to have a beautiful experience of exploring nature in their presence.
1 Night 1 Day 01 Jun, 08 Jun, and 15 Jun
Dates and Rates
date & duration price
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Return AC Transport Dadar to Camp
  • 1 night stay in AC Dorms with Clean washrooms
  • Day 1 dinner + Day 2 breakfast buffet meals Veg
  • Professional wildlife Naturalist host of the trail

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any other transport from origin of participant to meeting point.
  • Additional meals or services
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any additional use of transport
  • Any other item specifically NOT mentioned in includes.
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • A Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A dust protection mask
  • Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
  • Small backpack for trails (10Ltrs) and Proper backpack for your clothes, etc.
  • Bird books
  • Sun screen
  • Raincoat/Wind-cheater/Rain jacket (NO UMBRELLA)
  • Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
  • Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
  • Repellents

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 15 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 15 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • 25 % refund if notified via phone conversation 7 to 3 days prior to the event date
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Important Note

  • Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
  • Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
  • Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
  • Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
  • Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
  • Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
  • Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.  
  • Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
  • We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
  • Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
  • Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
  • Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
  • Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
  • Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
  • No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
  • No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
  • Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
  • Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.

 

Fun Fact about Fireflies

What is the lifespan of a firefly?

In the wild, the life expectancy of a firefly is approximately one year on average. Adult fireflies typically only live for about two months, but their entire life cycle can span anywhere from a few months to a year. Given that there are over 2,000 different species of fireflies on the planet, their life spans will inevitably differ to some degree.

 

What causes fireflies to blink?

Fireflies use blinking to communicate with one another. The lights that flash are part of a way for male fireflies to attract females when they are trying to mate.

Each species of firefly has its own distinctive flash pattern, and the males and females belonging to the same species are able to recognise one another's patterns. Males use flashing to seek possible mates, and females use flashing to reply and signal their interest.

 

Why do fireflies glow in unison?

Fireflies produce a synchronised glow to attract potential mates. When the population reaches a specific density, all of the fireflies begin to blink at the same time. The firefly can find a mate more quickly through synchrony than any other method. The males will fly around and flash, and the females will mimic their behavior by flashing. After that, the males will fly toward the females, and the process will start again.

 

What is the best time to see fireflies?

When you have the best chance of seeing fireflies depends on the species, as well as the location. Generally, the most active time of year for fireflies is during the summer, from May to August. The months leading up to the monsoon season, specifically May and June, are the best months to view these fireflies in their natural habitat. Because they are only active at night, fireflies spend most of their days on the ground among tall grasses. Because they like to hide in the tall grass, fireflies are difficult to spot unless you get down on your hands and knees to look for them.

 

What do fireflies eat?

They feed on other insects and prefer to live in damp areas, but fireflies are nocturnal. Carnivorous when they are in their larval stage, fireflies feed on soft-bodied insects that live on or in the ground, such as snails, slugs, worms, or even other larvae of other insects. There are species of adult fireflies that do consume the nectar and pollen that they find on plants. They will go to various plants to obtain sufficient amounts of nectar and pollen. Some adult fireflies continue to feed on the larval invertebrates and soft-bodied insects they consumed when they were younger.r them.

 

Where to see them?

Fireflies Festival Mumbai, we have got you covered with the best destination where you can spot them in thousands. We will have to travel into the countryside away from light pollution. Around Mumbai, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi many more.

 

Best months to see fireflies?

May and June, right before the monsoon season, are the best times to see these fireflies in their natural habitat. 

 

How to see fireflies without using a torch?

To see fireflies without disturbing them, avoid using a flashlight or other artificial light. Here are some ways to watch fireflies without trying to hurt them:

  • Pick a dark location: Fireflies are most active at night, so avoid artificial lights and light pollution.

  • Let your eyes 15-20 minutes to acclimate to the darkness. This improves firefly visibility.

  • Be patient: because fireflies are unpredictable, seeing them may take some time. Wait quietly for them.

  • Watch for firefly patterns: Fireflies blink in patterns.

  • A red light is preferable over a white light if you need to use a light source. Red light doesn't effect fireflies compared to white light.

  • Respect their environment: Because fireflies are sensitive to their surroundings, avoid disturbing them while they are active.

  • Don't touch fireflies or use insect repellant or other pesticides.

 

Are fireflies endangered?

There are different species of firefly, and some of them are on the endangered species list while others are not. Some places have seen a drop in the number of fireflies because of things like habitat degradation, pollution, and the use of chemicals such as pesticides.

In India, the Western Ghats are home to fireflies that are now considered "vulnerable" because their habitat is being lost and broken up by things like deforestation and development. Fireflies in other parts of India are not on the list of endangered species right now, but their populations may need to be protected in the future through conservation efforts.

 

How to conserve them

Conservation activities for fireflies can help safeguard their populations and preserve their survival in the wild. Here are some things you can do to help save fireflies:

  • Protect their habitat. Fireflies can only live in certain places, like damp, humid places with little light pollution. People can help save fireflies by keeping these habitats safe from deforestation, urbanisation, and other human activities.

  • Reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals. Chemicals and pesticides can hurt fireflies and their homes. Lessening how much they are used can help to lessen these bad effects.

  • Educate the public: letting people know how important fireflies are and what dangers they face can help to get more people involved in conservation. Programs that teach schools, communities, and tourists about fireflies can help with conservation and support for them.

  • Support organisations that work to protect fireflies and their habitats. There are many groups that do this kind of work. You can help these groups' efforts by giving money or time to them or by volunteering.

  • Responsible tourism means that when you go to places where fireflies live, you should respect their homes and try not to bother them. Don't use bright lights, don't catch or touch the fireflies, and follow any rules or guidelines set by the local government.

 

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