Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022- Mischief Treks

This is one of the top 5 and most budget-friendly locations to witness the mating dance of fireflies this May 2022 and June 2022. Kothaligad Fireflies Festival - Camping and Trekking event starts from just from 750/- One of the best options to see fireflies near Mumbai is the Kothaligad fireflies festival camping. Join Mumbai's renowned trekking team Mischief Treks for an amazing experience at "Kothaligad". This camping event is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone for the camping. You get to visit Bhairoba cave, cannonballs scattered on the fort, and a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, and our trek leaders make this event worth remembering for a lifetime.

Kothaligad Trek near Mumbai. Organised by Mischief Treks
Caves at Kothaligad Trek near Mumbai. Organised by Mischief Treks

Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022

Kothaligad is more commonly known as the fort of Peth because the village of Peth is situated at its base. The pinnacle of the Peth can be seen from the village. You can witness the beauty of the forest and thousands of Fireflies at night. Join us at Mischief Treks for this exciting event of Kothaligad Fireflies Camping 2022.

  • Date: 28-May-2022, 04-June-2022, 11-June-2022, and 18-June-2022

  • Category: Easy to moderate level trek/hike suitable for beginners.

  • Duration: Overnight trek

  • Height: 944 Meters / 3100 feet

  • Venue: - Mumbai - Karjat - Ambivali - Kothaligad

  • Address: Kothaligad, Maharashtra.

  • Batch Size: 30 Participants only
    (We do not take a crowd of 80-100 people on treks, it's against our safety policy.)

  • Fees: Rs.750 per participant.
    (website booking discount)
    Rs.1400 750/- per person participants need to reach the base village in their own vehicle.
    Rs.2000 999/- per person with a pickup and drop from Karjat local train station.

Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022 - Trek Dates:

  • 28-May-2022 | 04 Tickets available

  • 04-June-2022 | 23 Tickets available

  • 11-June-2022 | 25 Tickets available

  • 18-June-2022 | 30 Tickets available

Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022 - Major attractions:

  • The thrill of walking through a forest and visiting ancient caves

  • View the early morning bliss from the top.

  • Rock-cut water storage tanks

  • Stargazing

  • Photography - be ready to get clicked.

  • All the "Masti" which is a USP of Mischief Treks.

So, unleash your wild side and get going.

Detailed Itinerary - Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022

Meeting Point: Karjat local train station
Three hours prior to the event date and time, we will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination purposes.

Catch the Karjat Fast Local train from the station nearest to you
CSMT : 16:30 pm
Byculla: 16:37 pm
Dadar: 16:43 pm
Kurla: 16:50 pm
Ghatkopar: 16:54 pm
Mulund: 17:06 pm
Thane: 17:10 pm
Dombivali: 17:22 pm
Kalyan: 17:30 pm
Karjat: 18:20 pm

Plan for the Night

  • The train is expected to reach Karjat station at 18:20 hrs. Once the Train reaches the Trek Leader from Mischief Treks will meet you at the station and the group will move out and take the transport vehicle by 18:30 pm.

  • Once we reach the ''Ambivali" base of Kothaligad fort by 19:30 pm we shall have a short safety and introduction round and start the trek by 20.00 pm.

  • We will be walking through the dense forest region and to reach Pethwadi around 21:00 pm where we shall stay for the night. During this forest walk, we will spend ample time watching fireflies. We'll be staying in Homestay for the night.

  • Then we'll have dinner around 21:00 pm, post-dinner we will be going for a night walk here once again we get a chance to spot fireflies.

  • People can opt to stay back and rest or join us for a round of Antakshari and other exciting games

  • 5:00 am wake-up call for ones who have slept ;) .

  • We will start our trek toward the pinnacle by 5:30 am

  • Our next stop will be the peak of the fort which offers the best vantage point to view the breathtaking views, we are expected to reach here by 6:30 am.

  • We will rest at the peak for a while and enjoy the surroundings and start descending by 8:00 am so that we can avoid day-heat.

  • We will reach second base i.e. Pethwadi and have breakfast. Post breakfast we continue walking down.

  • The group is expected to reach back to Ambivali by 11:00 am.

  • Once we reach base, we head to Karjat station and back to Mumbai.

Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022 fees inclusions/exclusions

  • Pickup and drop from Karjat station (if Opted for)

  • Homestay at the base.

  • Dinner (pure veg)

  • Breakfast and Tea

  • Govt / Local Body Charges as applicable

  • Trek expertise charges

  • Basic First Aid

Exclusions

  • Train tickets

  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned above.

Important Points to note regarding Fireflies Festival 2022


Transport: If you have opted for the transportation the local vehicles from the Karjat station to the base will be provided.

The main focus of this event is watching "Fireflies" and this is not a Camping focused event. Dormitory stay is just a medium to provide shelter for the night.

Accommodation will be provided in a homestay

This is the Monsoon season and camping is best suited in winter and summers when it's not too windy or rainy. If the weather goes bad, accommodation will be provided in homestay/ dormitory/temp shelter, etc. Please do not book this event if your focus is on luxury/comfort camping only. This is specifically a Fireflies-focused event and due to weather conditions, all other things need to be handled as per the best-suited option basis.
The event schedule, itinerary, group composition, and all operational aspects are subject to change without prior notice. In these uncertain times, we will try to do our best to get things rolling but unavoidable circumstances may impact the operations.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and "before" booking you have gone through all the details, FAQ, Points to note, and Disclaimer.
Fireflies Festival is based on natural phenomena, just like rain/clouds, etc... as per the past few years' patterns, the events have been lined up from 21st May to mid of June. During this period on some occasions, we will be able to spot thousands of fireflies, and sometimes we may barely get to see a few. The first the last batch will have less number of fireflies. We recommend opting for batches starting 28th May.

THINGS TO CARRY FOR KOTHALIGAD FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

Things to carry for Kothaligad - Fireflies Festival 2022

  1. Identity proof.

  2. Good and reliable trekking shoes and extra pair of floaters.

  3. Water (minimum 2 Ltrs) Compulsory.

  4. Torch with extra batteries - do not depend on the phone.

  5. Keep your phone fully charged.

  6. Mosquito repellent (optional)

  7. A bedsheet or Turkish towel to lay down and rest or you may carry a sleeping bag.

  8. Some ready-to-eat food like biscuits, plum cake, etc to keep your tummy happy.

  9. Medicines (if you need any), Glucon D / Electrol / Enerzyl Powder (We will have a basic first aid kit with us).

  10. A haversack to put all your things. Your hands need to be free while trekking.

TRAINS TO REACH KOTHALIGAD FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

How to reach:

For Mumbai participants: Suggested train to the board is the CSMT - Karjat local at 16:30 pm to reach Kothaligad fireflies festival.

CSMT : 16:30 pm
Byculla: 16:37 pm
Dadar: 16:43 pm
Kurla: 16:50 pm
Ghatkopar: 16:54 pm
Mulund: 17:06 pm
Thane: 17:10 pm
Dombivali: 17:22 pm
Kalyan: 17:30 pm
Karjat: 18:20 pm

Points to Note and FAQ's

Following are the frequently asked questions regarding Kothaligad Fireflies Festival - Camping and Trek


Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Kothaligad Fireflies Festival?

Ans. No !, your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. For any Trek/Adventure event the organizers need to have your details at least 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to the campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of an emergency and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent on WhatsApp immediately after you complete the booking instructions mentioned on the website. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for the event, where should we reach?

Ans. You need to reach Karjat at the scheduled meeting time. This is where we will be meeting, from here you can follow our vehicles. You will be given exact coordinates after you finish booking formalities. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination, you will be provided all relevant details in the group. Please do not be late, we cannot keep other participants waiting. If you are not able to reach on time you will be considered a Drop-Out and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point for Kothaligad Fireflies Festival?

Ans. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination where you will be provided all the necessary information regarding the contact person, exact point to meet, etc..

Q. What is provided in meals at Kothaligad Fireflies Festival?

Ans. The meal will consist of veg and nonveg options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad, Chicken curry.

Q. How many people will be at the coming for Kothaligad Fireflies Festival Camping and Trekking?

Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 25-35 participants. Kothaligad is a Public place and we have no access to data on other organizers' bookings hence we cannot comment on the exact number of people planning to visit this place on a given date.

Q. Is Kothaligad Fireflies Festival safe for solo participants?

Ans. Yes Kothaligad Fireflies Festival is safe and comfortable. Mostly 40% of the participants come solo and blend in with the trek leaders and the rest of the group.

Q. Is Kothaligad Fireflies Festival safe for girls?

Ans. Yes Kothaligad Fireflies Festival is safe for girls, Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 – 75 % of our participants are females.

Q. How should I book the Kothaligad Fireflies Festival event?

Ans. All you have to do is press the book now button on this page and follow the instructions.

Q. Will we be returning at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary?

Ans. The Itinerary is for reference purpose only, it is based on average time taken during our previous events. Actual timeline for a particular date depends on Weather conditions, Traffic Conditions, Participant's speed and endurance.

Q. What are the batch dates for the fireflies festival in Kothaligad, Maharashtra?

Ans. 21-May-2022, 28-May-2022, 04-June-2022, 11-June-2022, and 18-June-2022 are the batch dates for Kothaligad Fireflies Festival organized by Mischief Treks.

Q. Do fireflies bite?

Ans. Unlike many other insects, fireflies give off a friendly vibe. They don't bite, they have no pincers, they don't attack, they don't carry disease, they are not poisonous, and they don't even fly very fast.

Q. What time of year do fireflies appear?

Ans. In India, Fireflies start appearing during May-end and are visible till June.

Q. Can fireflies hurt me?

Ans. Fireflies do contain toxins, But they are harmless to humans unless eaten in massive quantities.

Q. Are fireflies safe?

Ans. Fireflies can be poisonous. When predators attack, they start “reflex bleeding,” and produce drops of blood filled with nasty chemicals that are poisonous to lizards and birds. They're not great for humans, either, so don't try eating them!

Q. Why do Fireflies glow?

Ans. The light that the firefly produces is a chemical reaction caused by an organic compound in their abdomens. The compound is called luciferin. As air rushes into a firefly's abdomen, it reacts with luciferin. It causes a chemical reaction that gives off the firefly its glow. They don't use 'Fair and lovely' or 'Glow and lovely'.

Q. Where are fireflies found?

Ans. Fireflies are found in temperate and tropical regions on every continent. They are most commonly seen on summer evenings.

Q. Are Fireflies decreasing in India?

Ans. In India, there are only about 7-8 species of fireflies left; there are more than 2,000 species across the world. So you can say that fireflies are decreasing in India.

Q. What time do Fireflies come out at night?

Ans. Fireflies are visible all night, they are most numerous between the hours of midnight and 1 a.m. If it is pouring, they will not appear. Even if you don't see fireflies after the sun rises, they're still lurking in the tall grasses.

Q. Do fireflies make noise?

Ans. No, the fireflies produce a sound by moving their wings, and the fireflies themselves can't hear this frequency.

Q. Can fireflies be in rain?

Ans. Yes, Fireflies can be in rain, the air temperature and rainfall play a huge role when they emerge. Since they feed on snails, slugs, and pillbugs, which are brought out by the rain and moist environment, fireflies like the muggy weather.

Q. Why do fireflies glow at only at night?

Ans. Fireflies mostly only glow at night because that's when the males are trying to get the attention of female fireflies.

Q. Are there fireflies in India?

Ans. There are eight firefly species in India, and they are the most abundant in the humid forests of the Sahyadri area, part of the Western Ghats mountain range.

Q. When can we see fireflies in India?

Ans. Ideally, the best time to watch these fireflies in India is during the pre-monsoon months of May and June. Particularly during the first two weeks of June because it is the peak mating season for fireflies.

Q. Why are fireflies disappearing in India?

Ans. Habitat loss, light pollution from artificial night lights, and pesticides are considered to be the biggest threats to the firefly population in India and around the world.

Q. Are fireflies extinct in India?

Ans. In India, there are only about 7-8 species of fireflies left; there are more than 2,000 species across the world. So you can say that fireflies are decreasing in India. They aren't extinct yet but if we don't take care of our environment one day they surely will go extinct.

Q. Where can I see fireflies near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik?

Ans. The fireflies are generally found in Lonavala, Igatpuri, Bhandardara, Prabalmachi, and Purushwadi villages. If you live in or nearby these areas, you can easily watch them. Fireflies festival Maharashtra is a seasonal event.

Q. Where can I see fireflies near Mumbai?

Ans. Around Mumbai, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi, etc. We at Mischief Treks organize Firefly Festival at multiple locations like Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can I watch fireflies in India?

Ans. The Western Ghats are probably one of the best places to see these fireflies in action and here are our top 6 destinations. Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can I watch fireflies near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik?

Ans. Around Mumbai/ Pune/ Nashik, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi, etc. We at Mischief Treks organize Firefly Festival at multiple locations like Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can we see fireflies in Maharashtra?

Ans. The Western Ghats are probably one of the best places to see these fireflies in action and here are our top 6 destinations. Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. When can we see fireflies in Maharashtra?

Ans. Ideally, the best time to watch these fireflies in Maharashtra is during the pre-monsoon months of May and June. Particularly during the first two weeks of June because it is the peak mating season for fireflies.

Q. Do fireflies glow to mate?

Ans. The glowing light of fireflies is used by the insects to signal mates, and also it warns predators that the bugs will leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Cancellation, Rescheduling & Refund Policy.

  • 90% will be refunded if canceled 15 days (360+ hrs) in advance.

  • 75% will be refunded if canceled 10 days (240+ hrs) in advance.

  • 50% will be refunded if canceled 05 days (120+ hrs) in advance.

  • 0% refund if canceled in less than 05 days (120 hours) of the event date and time.

  • 0% refund if the participant drops out, misses bus pickup, or does not reach the meeting point on the scheduled date and time.

If the event itself gets canceled, you will be given the option to switch to any other event or any other date, Or you can opt for 100% refund. If you need to cancel your current booking and/or reschedule your booking to any other date, it can be done free of cost if the rescheduling request is sent 120 hours prior to the trek. From 0hrs - 120 hours prior to the trek date and time free rescheduling is not permitted. It will be counted as cancellation done in less than 120hours the of event date and time. It's a humble request, please do not give medical reasons, crib, argue or try to blackmail us if you drop out or cancel/reschedule the trek in the last 5days. The basis of the cancelation policy is to protect the participant and the organizers from undue financial losses arising out of unforeseen situations. If the event gets canceled due to the medical/personal emergency of the organising team member, the participants will not have to suffer financial loss. Similarly, if there is a medical/personal emergency at the participant's end, the organizing team will not have to suffer financial loss.