Velas Turtle Festival, 2018
Welcome to the Olive Ridley Turtle Beach or Velas Beach in the Konkan-Ratnagiri District in Maharashtra.
The village celebrates Velas Turtle Festival every year and they will take you through the beautiful journey of their birth and furthermore at this beautiful beach of Velas.
The Turtle Festival at Velas is annually organized by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM), during the period of February to March.
Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house.
Bankot Fort is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot Fort, there is a dry moat (Revni), dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariably percolates through it owing to its much porous nature.
Meeting Point: Pritam Hotel, Dadar East at 09:45 PM and departure at 10:00 PM
Reach Velas by 05:00 AM
Get fresh, visit Velas Beach at 06:00 AM for Turtle Festival
Return to the villager house
Start walk for Bankot Fort (15 minutes trek)
Explore Bankot Fort
Return to Velas by 01:00 PM
Lunch at Velas (veg Konkan food)
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival in the evening at 05:00 PM
Fun time at Velas Beach
Followed by dinner
Post dinner, night walk
Retire for the day
Wake up at 05:30 AM
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival in morning at 06:00 AM
Have breakfast and start for Harihareshwar Temple and beach by ferry
Lunch at Harihareshwar
Post Lunch, start your return journey by 03:00 PM
Evening refreshment on the way
Reach Dadar by 09:30 - 10:00 PM.
Things to carry
Torch with extra batteries (compulsory) Towel, a napkin, extra pair of clothes
Personal toileteries, etc.
Medicines, those of which you require usually (optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks.
Accommodation charges. (home stay type accommodation will be provided)
Turtle Festival and Velas Beach entry charges.
Insurance of any kind
Medical hospitalization, evacuation and related expenses
Any item not covered under inclusions.
Pritam Hotel, Dadar
Dharamputra, Survey No. 32, Pritam Estate, Dadar T. T, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400014