India is a land of mysteries. Time. From buildings that despise physics to natural gas, very few can resist the charm of India. But did you know that we have places in India that are best known for their bioluminescence? It means they are able to emit light. Did your interest suddenly light up? (intended). However, here are 6 amazing places across our country to see the light-dark process.
Mother Nature has blessed us with wonderful things we cannot comprehend; and one such thing is bioluminescence! If you do not know what that means, Bioluminescence is the release of light from bacteria, fungi, algae, insects and aquatic animals such as jellyfish. In nature, we see bioluminescence in seawater and forests; but you do not need to go abroad to prove this. Here is a list of tourist destinations in India that give you an amazing bioluminescent / light in the dark look!
Read below to know about those:-
- Purushwadi Forest(Maharashtra)
- Bangram Island(Lakswadeep)
- Ahupe Village(Maharashtra)
- Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary(Goa)
- Betalbatim Beach(Goa)
- West Jaintia Hills(Meghalaya)
- Mattu Beach(karnataka)
- Bhimashankar forest(Maharashtra)
A moonless night, a beautiful forest, and thousands of glare make it a dream come true for a fictional novel. You can find it in the Prushwadi Forest, Maharashtra. The best time is before the rainy season or summer, when thousands of lightbulbes form a color kaleidoscope and if you like, you can witness over 2000 species of lightning! Every year, the months of May and June bring a lantern festival to this place, where travelers gather to watch the lighthouse in their splendor.
Located in the Arabian Sea, Bangaram is a small teardrop-shaped island and part of the Lakshadweep archipelago. As the only uninhabited island in Lakshadweep, Banagram has its own charm.
A fascinating feature of the island that attracts visitors from all over the world is the blue and white light waves that begin to dawn at dusk. Coastal waves glisten with a bright blue light due to phytoplankton, algae and other aquatic creatures such as jellyfish in the water.
A perfect place to travel peacefully, Banagram has made a mark on the world tourist map.
Have you ever visited the Western Ghats during the rainy season? The foggy weather that accompanies the new scent of nature is an invitation few travelers can deny. One of the must-visit places is a small national village called Ahupe near the Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve in Maharashtra. During the monsoon, the forest glows because of a bacterium called Mycena. This bacterium has a unique ability to illuminate where it is located near a large amount of moisture in the air. You should definitely visit the small town of Ahupe tribe to see the forests of the Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve, especially during the monsoon season. And, co-stars, they give you another invitation to visit and you can try a night trip to Bhandardara, Rajmachi Fort to find the lanterns who put on the best light show!
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary:-
You can find glowing mushrooms on the hiking trails of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Swapnagandha Valley of Goa. They grow on rotten logs, twigs, and stumps. Fortunately, the Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary remains open during the monsoon months and you can visit the Chorla Ghat located northeast of Panjim in Goa and 55 kilometers from Belgaum in Karnataka. Also, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa and is the perfect place to see this bioluminescent fungus.Phew! That was a long list of our glorious friends and if you too are encouraged to visit them, do so within the allotted time to get the maximum effect. Also, be sure to take that special someone for a lovely moment. After all, a little magic in your love can’t hurt!
Located between Colva Beach and Majorda Beach in Goa, Betalbatim Beach is a pristine beach with golden sand scattered along the coast.Offering a spectacular view of the rising and setting of the sun and dolphins here and there, the sea is well known as the glistening sea of Goa for the presence of bioluminescent algae in its waters that illuminate the sea at night.
Yes, India is a land of mysteries that never ceases to amaze us. From the architectural masterpieces to the breath-taking nature of nature, very few can resist the charm of India.
West Jaintia Hills:-
When researchers from India and China traveled to the Western Province of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya when they heard about ‘electric mushrooms’, they were unwilling to see the truth. The local director asked them to turn off their flashlights and the magic happened! Researchers were amazed to see small mushrooms growing on dead bamboo shoots and emitting light. In other words, they were bioluminescent. Like the Avatar film, locals use these mushrooms to roam the woods. Experiments revealed that these electric mushrooms are a new species from the Roridomyces genus. Also, these mushrooms are the first to be found in the Roridomyces species.
You’ve heard of people looking at the night sky. But what if we told you that you could watch with sparkling water? Several water sources on the beaches of Karnataka, Mumbai, and Goa emit light at the same time. According to marine biologist Abhishek Jamalabad, this light in the water is caused by a bacterium called Noctiluca scintillans. Commonly known as sea sparkle, this is a free, living species of sea dinoflagellate that emits light when disturbed. You can find these surreal beaches near the Arabian Sea. Mattu beach is a 30 km long beach and the left is Kaup beach and the right is Padukere beach. We suggest you go here for a comfortable evening and a great time with your friends and family.
The Bhimashankar Forest, located in the Western Ghats, is a haven for wildlife. And the beautiful rains of Maharashtra-Goa-Karnataka bring more than just rain. As the humidity rises in the rain-soaked forest, tree branches, twigs, and rotten leaves absorb moisture, becoming a substrate for the luminescent fungi called Mycena. They emit green light in the darkness, giving you a glimpse of the glorious forest!