India is full of surprises, from magnificent natural phenomena to centuries-old architecture. This vibrant country attracts visitors from all over the world and offers a variety of interesting things to do in India. Giving us numerous reasons to visit its destinations at least once in our lives.
Besides historic and ancient sites, India also has several unusual areas where strange phenomena can be observed. We’re talking about places in India that glow in the dark. Strange. Isn’t that so?
If you’re interested in learning more about these sites, here’s a list of India’s most unusual locations. This is anything that glows in the dark.
1. Purushwadi Forest, Maharashtra
Are you familiar with the Firefly Festival? If not, then pay a visit to this tribal village, which attracts a large number of visitors as well as millions of firefly. At twilight, fireflies produce bioluminescence during their breeding season (May and June). It was quite a sight to see, as the entire neighborhood was lit up with sparkling fireflies attempting to attract partners and mates. It’s a dream come true to have a moonless night, a lovely forest, and thousands of fireflies lighting up the area. With these fireflies, you’ll see a beautiful scene of dotted trees. This locality hosts a firefly festival, and trackers go to this region to see the fireflies in all their glory.
2. Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep
Bangaram Island, a tiny tear-shaped island covered with palm trees and surrounded by calm blue waters, is part of the Lakshadweep group of islands. Pristine beaches, water sports, dining by the beach; If this doesn’t seem wonderful enough, wait till you hear what’s next. The most fascinating aspect of this island is the bluish-white glow that the waters begin to emit as night falls. The phytoplankton, algae, and other aquatic animals such as jellyfish in the waters give the waves washing up the shore an iridescent bluish light. And it’s quite a sight to witness!
3. West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
Imagine visiting the twilight forest from the movie Avatar in real life. Visiting the West Jaintia Hills, with its glowing mushrooms, is exactly like that. When researchers from China and India travelled to Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills District after hearing about ‘electric mushrooms,’ they had no idea what they were in for. When they arrived, the native guide urged them to turn off their lamps, and that is when they saw the magic. The researchers couldn’t believe their eyes when they witnessed tiny mushrooms emit light all by itself. The villagers utilize these mushrooms to navigate across the woods. These electrified mushrooms are a new species of Roridomyces, according to tests.
4. Ahupe Village in Maharashtra
Have you ever been to the Western Ghats during the monsoon season? The fresh scent of nature combined with the misty weather is an invitation few travelers can not refuse. The little tribal village of Ahupe, located near the Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve in Maharashtra, is one of the locations you must see.
A bacterium called Mycena causes the forest to light up during the monsoon. When this bacterium is located near a large amount of moisture in the air, it has a unique capacity to light up. You must go to Ahupe, a small tribal village in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve, to witness the woodlands glow, especially during the monsoon.
Fireflies are another reason to visit, and you may go on a night trek to Bhandardara, Rajmachi Fort to see fireflies putting on a spectacular light show!
5. Betalbatim Beach In Goa
If Goa is your favorite vacation spot, as it is for us, then it’s like hitting the lottery. We’ll explain why. Besides all the pleasure and water sports, a visit to this beautiful white sand beach is a must. This glow-in-the-dark beach adds a special touch to Goa’s abundant natural beauty. Similar to Lakshadweep, the Betalbatim beach in South Goa exhibits beautiful blue bioluminescence in its waves. The Betalbatim Beach, with its immaculate white sands, is perfect for watching sunsets and spotting dolphins. So forego the Baga and Calgunte for a change, and you already know where you’ll be spending your next Goa vacation!
6. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa
The lighting mushrooms on a Night Trek into Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary will surprise you. This illuminating forest in India is found in Swapnagandha Valley, Goa, and the best time to come is during the monsoon season, when the mosses are abundant. You can also visit the Chorla Ghat, which is 55 KM northeast of Panjim in Goa and is located 55 KM from Belgaum, Karnataka. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa also has this bioluminescent fungus.
7. Mattu Beach, Karnataka
In India, there really is another glistening beach. Picnics, walks, and sunset views are all popular activities at Mattu beach, Karnataka. As night falls, a microbe known as Noctiluca scintillans causes the water body to shine. The cause for this bioluminescent beach in India is commonly known as the sea sparkle. These free-living, marine-dwelling species emit light when they are disturbed.
8. Juhu Beach, Maharashtra
Think about having a stroll with your partner amid the dazzling blue waters (or alone too). Isn’t that romantically incredible? Juhu Beach is one of India’s most beautiful beaches. It turns an electric blue colour after 8 p.m. due to Noctiluca scintillans, a bacterium that generates light when disturbed.