The Karvi Festival 2016

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Come visit Panchgani during The Karvi Festival. Let us celebrate this wonder of nature through a festival of music, art, poetry, food, story-telling, nature walks and events with child centric themes. In fact the list could be endless. The idea is to celebrate all life affirming creative energies and connect with nature.

The gregarious flowering of Karvi (Carvia Callosa) happens once every eight years in the Western Ghats. The miracle shall again unfold this year when the monsoons would be winding up.

Karvi is a large shrub, attaining 6–20 ft in height and flowers between July and September. But what makes it most marvelous, is that it takes 8 years for the bloom cycle to happen. The shrub has an interesting life cycle- it comes alive, green every year with the coming of Monsoon, but once the rainy season is over, all that is left is dry and dead-looking stems. This pattern repeats itself for seven years, till in the eighth year the plant bursts into mass flowering, painting the hill slopes purple! 2016 is the year of the bloom and you will only be able to witness this phenomenon in 2024 next.

The world of today suffers from what has been termed aptly as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. Karvi festival gives a pretext to come close to the much overlooked wilderness in our hearts!

Nestled in the Western Ghats, the twin hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. This region is famous for its rich biodiversity and cultural heritage, also the source of River Krishna and Koyna.

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SEP 16TH, 17TH & 18TH, 2016

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