Prabalmachi Fireflies Camping

Prabalmachi Fireflies Camping




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Prabalmachi is the base village to two of the most popular trekking destinations around Mumbai. It is an ideal place for camping with breathtaking views of the Panvel region and the majestic Kalavantin and Prabalgad.

Kalavantin Fort built at the peak of a rocky plateau is situated between Matheran and Panvel in the Western Ghats. The fort top commands an excellent view of the surroundings with Prabal in the front. Kalavantin Fort is an adjoining hill (pinnacle) to Prabalgad.

Our campsite, Prabalmachi village, is located at a height of 1500ft from sea level on the Prabal plateau, a part of Western Ghats.

About Fireflies:

Fireflies or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence. Fireflies light up to attract a mate. This breath-taking show put on by nature resembles a psychedelic combination of stars falling and fireworks exploding It is an immersive experience you will never forget.

The fireflies do not always flash in unison. They may flash in waves across hillsides, and at other times will flash randomly. Synchrony occurs in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.

Come spend your weekend under the starry surroundings

Please Note:
  • Bioluminescence by Fireflies is a natural phenomenon. The trip dates have been planned as per the mating season of fireflies i.e pre-monsoon during which we witness this phenomenon. We may or may not get to witness it. Wandering Souls won’t be held responsible for low or no sightings.


  • Panvel to Panvel Transport
  • Evening Tea & Snacks on Day 1
  • Dinner (Veg/ Non-Veg/ Jain) on Day 1
  • Breakfast & Tea on Day 2
  • Accommodation in Tents
  • Entry Fees & Permit
  • Campfire
  • Expertise and Guide charges
  • First Aid
  • Wash Rooms & Changing rooms facilities
  • Anything other than the above-mentioned things
  • Any Personal Expenses

Tour Plan

Day 1

  • 4:00 pm – Report at Panvel Station Ticket Counter , meet the team and leave for base village in our private vehicle
  • 4:45 pm – Reach Thakurwadi
  • 5:00 pm – Start trek towards Prabalmachi after a brief intro session
  • 6:30 pm – Reach campsite at Prabalmachi, settle in your tents and have your evening snacks.
  • 7:30 pm – Prepare for a night under the sky, have delicious local cuisine for dinner, play a few games, share stories (especially ghost stories), make new friends and enjoy the campfire
  • 10:00 pm – Go out in search of the fireflies.
  • 11:30 pm – Off to the tents for a sound sleep (For those who are very sleepy :P). Day Ends

Day 2

  • 05:00 am - Wake up call, we leave for kalavantin early morning(those who want to)
  • 07:00 am - Reach the peak, bask in the surrounding beauty and start the return journey
  • 08:30 am - Reach Prabalmachi, freshen up, have breakfast and prepare to leave
  • 10:00 am - Start descend towards Thakurwadi (After a mandatory group pic!!!)
  • 11:00 hrs - Reach Thakurwadi, say your goodbyes with a promise to meet again, leave for Panvel Station in our private vehicle. This brings us to the end of our trip, Or rather just the beginning of your adventures with Wandering Souls

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Things to Carry

  • Identity Proof (Mandatory)
  • Bottle of Water (at least 2 litres)
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Ready to eat food like plum cakes, dry fruits etc.
  • Cap, Camera
  • Exrta Bedsheet / Pull Over / blanket /Sleeping Bag (A pair would be provided)
  • Good Trekking shoes
  • Jacket / Wind cheater as it could get cold in the night
  • Personal care stuff, ORS, medicines which you require usually
  • Haversack to put all the things in, please do not carry sling bags or jholas

Instructions for Fireflies Season

  • Keep you distance from the trees or bushes where the fireflies are present and observe the phenomenon from a distance
  • Do not touch the fireflies
  • Do not flash torch lights at the fireflies
  • Please keep silent while observing the fireflies


  • Basic Washroom facility (Indian Toilets) available at the campsite, it is a camping activity and not a leisure trip so one needs to prepare themselves accordingly. 
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited
  • Please avoid wearing Gold and other jewellery.
  • A planned activity or programs may be cancelled or revised depending on the weather or any other unavoidable circumstances
  • We require atleast 8 participants to conduct the event. In a unlikely case where we don’t get the requisite number of participants, you have an option for FULL Refund or shifting to any other event.
  • Bioluminescence by Fireflies is a natural phenomenon. The trip dates have been planned as per the mating season of fireflies i.e pre-monsoon during which we witness this phenomenon. We may or may not get to witness it. Wandering Souls won’t be held responsible for low or no sightings.


What is the reporting time and lication?
You need to reach Panvel Station by 4pm. Our team will meet you at Panvel Station.

How will you contact me once I register?
One day prior to event, we will send you an "event headsup" email with further details, instructions, event coordinator contact details, etc. Along with these, it will also consist of event specific Whatsapp group invite link. Kindly click on the link & join this group for further coordination. (Note: Keep an eye at your spam folder too)

What is the difficulty level of this trek?
The trek to Prabalmachi(Campsite) is around 1-1.5hrs of easy hike. The trek to Kalavantin Peak which is an option trek next day morning is of moderate difficulty

Will I be able to do this trek? I have not trekked before.
We encourage you to come and experience the trek with us. Trekking is not about speed and our representatives will be there to encourage you to complete the trek. That said, it is an adventure activity and basic stamina and fitness level is required to complete this trek

What is the age limit for this trek?
The age limit for the trek is 18 years with no upper limit. Participants below the age of 18yrs need to be accompanied by a guardian

Can I come alone?
Yes, many of our participants are solo travellers.

Is it safe for a female solo traveller?
It is completely safe for a female solo traveller as our representatives will be there with you all the time. Moreover, most of our event have 60% female participation.

Can I Bring my Car?
Yes, you can bring your car. Parking is available at the base at owners risk.

Are washrooms available during the trek/campsite?
You will not get washrooms during the trek. Basic washroom facility is available at the campsite

Can we smoke or drink alcohol?
Smoking or drinking alcohol is prohibited.

Would I get cellular connectivity?
You will get limited connectivity during the trek.

What type of food will I get?
We will be having Finner(Veg/Non-Veg/Jain) & breakfast (Veg/Jain) at a local restaurant.

Will I get water during the trek?
You won’t get water during the trek, you need to carry at least 2 litres of water with you

What if I have a medical emergency?
We will carry first aid kit with us. The coordinators will be first aid certified. If the problem increases, we will quickly get you to closest medical attention possible.

What kind of clothing we need to wear?
We recommend you wear full sleeve t-shirt and full pants for the trek. Carry comfortable clothes to wear while camping. Also carry a jacket/ wind cheater as it may be cold during the night/early morning. Carry slippers to where during camping.

Do I need special shoes?
We recommend trekking shoes or good quality sports shoes with firm sole.

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