• Trip introduction

    Embark on a surreal adventure on this fireflies trek to Kothaligad to experience the thrill of a night trek and watch a hundred fireflies light up the forest. Your trek begins at night from the base village of Ambiwadi and leads you up rock-cut stairs and narrow trails to a historic fort. En route, you will spot fluttering fireflies glowing in the trees and bushes. At the fort, you can explore ancient caves, water cisterns and the ruins of Kothaligad. Before hiking back down in the morning, you'll also witness a mesmerizing sunrise from the fort.


    Kothaligad, also known as the Peth Fort, is located near Karjat at an altitude of about 3,100 feet. It is a must-see fort for nature enthusiasts since the trail offers spectacular views of the plush green hills of the Western Ghats. As you climb up the trail in the thick of darkness, you'll encounter steep stairs and large boulders. All throughout, the dim light of fireflies all around you will present an amazing view.

    Destination highlights

    Witness the dance of a hundred fireflies as they light up the forest. | Trek through a forest at night to reach the Kothaligad Fort. | Watch the brilliant sun rise over the lush green Western Ghats.

    Activity Details




    8 km

    4 hrs

    8 km

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Night trek to Kothaligad Fort

    Report at the Karjat railway station at 23:00 hrs. From here, you travel with your fellow campers to Ambiwadi in a jeep or tum-tum. Your night trek begins from Ambiwadi. Overnight in transit.

    Overnight in transit.

    Please be punctual in reporting to the Karjat railway station. Since no meals are included in today's meal package, be sure to have dinner before you reach the pick-up point.

    Day 1 Milestone



    23:00 PM


    No meals are provided today

    Day 2 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Return to Karjat
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 8 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-7 days before the departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Kothaligad fireflies trek.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Kothaligad fireflies trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional cost arising from such a change in itinerary will be borne by the travellers.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual in arriving at the pick-up point of the Kothaligad fireflies trek. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.
    • Kothaligad Fireflies Night Trek Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes


    • Travel arrangements between Karjat and Ambiwadi in a local tum-tum or jeep

    • Breakfast on day 2
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes


    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Karjat

    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel, gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Full-sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Full-length track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Denim jeans
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Local tum-tum or jeep for transport between Karjat and Ambiwadi

    You need to get

    • Backpack
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Water bottles (2+ ltrs)
    • Sun cap/hat and sunglasses
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.