One Big Step - Olive Ridley's Turtle Festival at Anjarle

April 13 - 14 | 11:30PM
Anjarle Turtle Festival
3,600 - 3,780
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Kindly Note: Your departure is on April 12th Friday Night at 11:30 pm from Pune - Hotel Blue Nile*

Watch Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchlings prepare for their awe-inspiring journey into the sea at Anjarle beach.

Anjarle is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra about 200 km from Pune. It is famous for its beaches and turtle ‘festival’ which is held by the local people of Anjarle. Every year thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles (females) return to the coastline of India and Sri Lanka from where they had left once 15-20 years ago. Science may not know how, but the turtles know exactly which beach they were born on, when and how they will return to lay their eggs to the same beach where they had once taken their baby steps into the sea.

The term Turtle ‘festival’ is not to showcase or display these beach turtles. The sea turtles are protected under the 'Migratory Species Convention' and CITES (Convention of International Trade on Wildlife Flora and Fauna). India is a signatory nation to all these conventions. The 'Homing' characteristics of the Ridley sea turtles make them more prone to mass casualty. The conservation status of Olive Ridley turtles is considered ‘vulnerable’ and currently on the list of endangered species. There are several reasons why their population has decreased, one of them is getting destroyed or eaten up by carnivores.

In an attempt to prevent this mass destruction, the Anjarle Turtle festival is an effort by the locals. The project involves in preserving the Olive Ridley sea turtle population by collecting the Olive Ridley turtle eggs along the coast and after 45-60 days successfully releasing the hatchlings into the sea in a phased manner.

Please Note: Only when the hatchlings are ready they are taken for the release, thus it is a complete natural phenomenon and one cannot promise how many hatchlings entering the sea can be witnessed. We will be visiting the release 3 times (day 2 morning and evening, day 3 morning) during this trip to maximize our chances of seeing the baby turtles sticking their head out of the sand and taking the first breath of fresh salty sea air.


Night 1 Date: Friday April 12th
11:30 pm Our private bus will do the pick-up at Blue Nile restaurant on MG Road

Day 1
Date: Saturday April 13th
5:30 am – Reach Anjarle and freshen up.
6:00 am – Leave for the beach to see the hatchling release batch 1
8:00 am - Return to the homestay and have breakfast
9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Rest
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
3:00 - 5:00 pm – Leave for Himmatgad (Bankot)
5:00 - 5:30 pm – Tea and biscuits
5:30 – 7:00 pm – At the beach for hatchling release batch 2
7:00 - Return to the homestay for dinner.
8:30 - 9:30 pm - Dinner
10:00 pm - End of day 1

Day 2
Date: Sunday April 14th
5:00 am – Wake-up call
6:00 am – Leave for the beach to see the hatchling release batch 3
8:00 am - Return to the homestay and have breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 pm Leave for Shrivardhan
1:00 pm - Lunch at the Homestay with authentic Konkani meal
2:00 pm - Visit Vulture conservation site
3:00 pm - Depart for Pune
9:00 pm – Arrive in Pune.

Homestay is a comfortable cottage of a local teacher who offers his residence for the weekend travelers by giving a great experience of a coastal Maharastrian home. It has western toilets and Indian toilets. Separate room for men and women (We will allocate the rooms and make sure everyone has a proper mattress, pillow and bedsheet.)

Trip Facilities

Travel and toll: Pick up and drop off from our selected pick up points.
Meals covered on the trip: Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and refreshments and Dinner on Day 1. Morning Tea, Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2.
Non veg meals would be pre-decided - Lunch on day 1 - Veg, Dinner on day 1 - Chicken and Lunch on Day 2 Fish
Shared accommodation with 4-5 in each spacious hotel room, with proper bedding.
Mineral water for drinking throughout the trip.
Tour guides and camp leaders all along the trip.
Medical assistance if required.

Trip Excludes

Personal expenses (beverages, snacks, equipment)
Personal medication
Any of the beach adventure rides.

Things to Carry

Please non-bulky full body clothing preferably light colored
Good hiking or sports shoes
Caps and Hats
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Hand Towel
Munchies and personal snacks
Personal medication
Camera (optional)
Binoculars (optional)
Shawl (optional)
One liter water bottle
Umbrellas (Optional)


Please take care of all your belongings.
Notify us immediately in case of any medical emergency.
Anyone found under the influence of drugs or narcotics will be requested to leave the trip immediately, without any refund.
Adventure camping and outdoor sports/ recreation is purely for nature lovers and not for party groups; we respect nature and do our best to spread the awareness about wilderness preservation.
Be sure that you are responsible for your own personal belongings.
We like to keep the wildlife wild; please do not litter the forest/ sanctuary and the campsite.
Please confirm your registration with amount Rs. 3600/- for veg or Rs. 3780/- for non-veg in cash or make an online transfer .
Availability is first come first serve basis. Last day of confirming is 2 days prior to the event date, but please book your seats as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.


Anjarle Turtle Festival

Anjarle, Maharashtra 415714

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