Best Places to See Fireflies In India

Fireflies In India
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Have you recently watched a Japanese anime that showed a magical night in the forest? Or perhaps read a book and wondered about the summer nights filled with fireflies? Whatever the case, we got you covered. Stretching from the North East to the very border of South India, we have curated a list of the eight best places where you can find the magical insects known as fireflies this summer. Although the best places to find them are the dense forests, yet a few other places stand out. With the ongoing deforestation and the spike in artificial light pollution, the population of fireflies is dwindling. Twenty years back, spotting a firefly was as easy as seeing a fly. But now, with the rapid decline of greenery, these small harmless beetles are in search of a new home. Here is a list of eight places where city dwellers like us can still see the fireflies in India and embrace their magic once more.

8. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Tosh, a small village near Kasol becomes magical during Summer. Surrounded by lush greenery and scenic mountains, nature lovers witness millions of fireflies dance during the summer nights.

7. Panchmari, Madhya Pradesh

Being a Hilly town surrounded by lush greenery and hills, Panchmari is home to one of the largest populations of fireflies. Although, a particular climatic condition is required to see the dance of these tiny fairies. Advisable to visit during the monsoon season. Especially from July to September. Just after a lazy rainy evening, take a glance at the thick forest of Satpura National Park, which was once graced by the Pandavas themselves.

6. Munnar, Kerala

Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala, Munnar is one of the most visited places in Kerala. This small town offers a plethora of attraction to tourists, especially the Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in a blue moon(literally, it blooms once in twelve years). But little did tourists know that the small resorts by rivulets, nestled far from the hustle and bustle of the city are a breeding ground for fireflies.

5. Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

As civilizations roar, the gentle fairies hide in the deepest of the forests. Agasthyamalai Community-based Conservation Centre, or ACCC, has kept the environment green around its vicinity, which shelters thousands of fireflies. Situated at the foothills of the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), these small beetles surely know to spark life in the darkness.

4. Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

This one shouldn’t be of surprise as a few years back; a leading newspaper did an article on a particular sighting of fireflies. A video recorded in the biosphere of Anamalai Tiger Reserve houses one of the most diverse ranges of flora and fauna. Also, a different species of fireflies was spotted here.

Fireflies in the forest.

3. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg is well known for its numerous coffee plantation and rich Coorgese tradition. However, it is also well known for its firefly tourism. Yes, you heard that right. There are a few plantations that take you to a rich green area inside the western ghats to witness the dance of the fireflies. For more details, check here.

2. West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya

Being rich in forest areas, the northeast states house the most number of fireflies. According to locals, it’s a common phenomenon around their houses on summer nights, especially in places like Tawang, Kohima, and Lachung. But a few years back a group of botanists went to the West Jaintia Hills in search of electric mushrooms. To their surprise, they were blessed with a vision of a thousand starlights in the middle of the forest. Definitely, on a to-do list of things to do.

1. Purushwadi, Maharastra

Maharashtrian takes pride when it comes to the preservation of fireflies. Each year during May and June, villages near Nasik organize a special festival: The Firefly Festival. Yes, you heard that right. If you are a nature lover, you can visit the village of Purushwadi and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature. Apart from this, you can also head out to Bhandardara, Kothaligad, Rajmachi Fort region, and Samrad to witness the spectacle of nature.

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