Who are the Warlis? What is Warli Art? What message does their traditional culture and way of life convey to us in today’s age?
On our Warli Tribe Village Experience we visit the Warlis in their heartland, only a few hours north of Mumbai. We will immerse ourselves in the animistic culture of the Warlis under the expertise of our local expert, Sanjay, and his family. He comes from the Warli tribe and is an internationally acclaimed Warli artist.
Dating back to thousands of years, Warli Art depicts the tribe’s culture, traditions and customs through simple shapes and figures that are derived from nature. Even today, paintings and murals can be seen on mud walls of the traditional houses in Sanjay’s village. On this visit, he will show us around his village and engage us with stories and folk tales of the Warlis.
To further understand the culture of the nature-worshipping Warli tribe, we try our hands on an interactive Warli painting workshop. This workshop is conducted by Sanjay inside a traditional Warli house full of Warli artworks, murals and paintings for more inspiration!
Visit the Warli Tribe – 8th March
Join us on our interactive visit to Vangaon to meet the eco-loving and artistic Warli tribe.
Book now for the 8th of March 2020:
(If you are looking for another date you can contact us and we can set up a private visit for your group.)
Discover Warli art, culture and way of life with this unique experience. On this enriching journey we will visit the Warli heartland, only a few hours north of Mumbai. The Warlis are famous all over the world as they capture their knowledge, beliefs and cultural inheritance into their beautiful paintings, murals and art-forms.
Their art is a reflection of their society and way of life, a society in which men and women work together in a sustainable, eco-friendly way of life. Nature is not exploited, it is worshipped and respected instead. We have much to learn from them.
By visiting the village, we will learn the significance of and symbolism behind the world-famous Warli paintings, directly from an internationally acclaimed artist, Mr. Sanjay Parhad. Mr. Parhad, whose artwork is displayed in galleries around the world, will also conduct a hands-on session where you will learn to draw and paint these tribal art forms by yourselves. As a souvenir, you will get to take your masterpiece home! You can also purchase paintings and handicrafts directly from the immensely talented tribal artisans.
We will not just see and learn about the rustic, self-sustainable lifestyle of the tribe and their deep bond with nature, but also understand the problems that they are facing – such as the plagiarism of their designs and their efforts to protect their Intellectual Property.
Tour timings: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Vangaon, Maharashtra
4 hours, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A village near Vangaon, Maharashtra.The village is located very close to Vangaon railway station on the Western Line. The exact location will only be disclosed upon booking.
Upon reaching the village, you will be served freshly made and locally-sourced breakfast by our local expert and his family.
Our local expert will then take you on a village walk to introduce you to Warli culture, show you traditional Warli wall murals and the organic farms of the village.
Warli art workshop
You will then head indoors where our local expert will conduct an interactive Warli Art workshop where you will learn to draw and paint these tribal art forms by yourselves. You will also hear about traditional folk tales, myths and legends that have been passed down from generations through Warli paintings.
Traditional Warli lunch
You will then be served a traditional Warli lunch, made with locally grown and sourced ingredients fresh from the farms around you!
As a souvenir, you will get to take the painting made by you during the art workshop back home. You can also purchase elaborate paintings and traditional hand-carved products directly from the immensely talented tribal artisans of the village.
- Interactive Warli Art painting session under the expertise of our local expert
- Visit of the Warli village, its organic farms, plantations
- Homemade and organic, traditional Warli breakfast and lunch
- Opportunity to buy Warli Art directly from local artisans (optional)
- Transport from Mumbai to the Warli Village
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions
How to reach
- By train (recommended): You can reach there in under 2 hours from Andheri by taking the 7:38 AM Dahanu Road Fast, which also stops at Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai. Get off at Vangaon station at 9:24 AM and take a short 5 minute rickshaw ride to the Warli Village.
- By car: Around 130 km from Mumbai (BKC) via the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway. Total time taken to reach is approximately 2-2:30 hours in the morning. You should be back in Mumbai by 4:30 pm.
Swadesee offers authentic, eco-friendly community-led experiences in Maharashtra. On every Swadesee experience that is booked, we ensure that the majority of the revenue generated goes back to the community. We consider our local experts as leaders and owners of the experience.
By choosing this Swadesee experience, you will directly empower the Warli community that is struggling to fight for the ownership of the rights of their traditional artworks and artforms, even as they are becoming increasingly popular around the world.
The experience follows traditional zero-waste principles and is eco-conscious, as we ensure that you would not generate any inorganic waste while in the village.