Velas Turtle Festival 2021
Date – 20th / 21 March 2021
Duration: 3N / 2D
Contribution – Mumbai to Mumbai – Rs.2850/- PP
Velas Turtle festival 2021 organized in a small fishing village of Velas on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 km away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is that time of the year again when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea.
Olive Ridley turtle is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill, and the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what does turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, its mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside its sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon.
Velas Turtle Festival journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6-hour drive from Mumbai. Olive Ridley turtles Velas conservation trends and knowledge has spread to nearby villages who have also started similar Velas Kasav Mahotsav.
- Travelling by Bus
- Watch and Learn about Turtle Hatching
- Witness Turtle taking first step
- Ferry Ride
- Fort Visit
- Hari Hareshwar Templte
- Konkani Home Stay
- Authentic Konkani Food
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Day 00 FRIDAY
Meeting Point: Dadar 09.15 pm and
leave for Velas Turtle Festival
Pickup Point Chembur 10 pm
Day 01 SATURDAY
Reach Velas by 05:00 am. Watch Turtles taking their first steps. Post sightings, a briefing session would be taken to educate about Olive Ridley Turtles.
9:00 AM – Proceed towards Konkani style home-stay. Freshen up.
10:00 AM – Have a delicious home-made breakfast.
11:00 AM -Proceed for a visit to Bankot Fort, which is known for its history and breathtaking views of Velas beach and Harihareshwar.
2:30 PM – Have home-cooked & Hygenic lunch. Post lunch, you can rest till evening.
5:00 PM – Visit Velas beach again to sight more Olive Ridley Turtles. Spend the night by enjoying group games, sharing stories and experiences, etc.
9:00 PM – Have dinner.
10:30 PM – Retire for the day.
Day 02 SUNDAY
6:00 AM – Wake up early morning with the hope of sighting baby turtles again.
9:00 AM – Post sighting session, have breakfast and leave for Harihareshwar. This is the time when you will experience one of the most interesting moments of the Velas turtle festival tour, where our bus will be transferred from one district to another in a jetty via sea route. We will explore Harihareshwar Temple and the beach.
2:00 PM – Have yummy lunch and leave for Mumbai. Reach around 9-10 PM tentatively. Velas Turtle Festival 2021 conclude herewith good memories
Since it is not a luxury trip, do not expect any luxury.
All food is a hygienic and authentic local delicacy.
All sightseeing and activities depend on the time available.
Participants must carry cash in order to survive and buy anything.
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Anybody found consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without a refund.
You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident, reasons beyond control like natural calamities, landslides, bad road conditions, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure, etc.; Man-Made calamities, Vehicle breakdown, vehicle dysfunction can happen & you agree that the organizer/leader shall not be held responsible for any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances.
Accommodation in a typical Konkani bungalow on homestay sharing basis. (Velas is an eco-tourism village and separate rooms / hotel accommodation is not available)
Transportation from Mumbai to Mumbai by vehicle
Typical Konkani veg meals on tour. (Breakfast, Dinner & Lunch)
Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary.
Ferryboat Charges & entry tickets.
Medical / Insurance Charges
Packaged Water / Extra Tea or Beverages
Anything not mentioned under Inclusion
Any miscellaneous expenses
Frequently Asked Questions:
We will travel by a private bus from Mumbai.
Toilets facility is available in both Western & Indian styles. For bathing, Hot water is available.
We provide locally delicious Food at our homestay in Konkani Style. Imagine eating food on banana Leaf at this more traditional!
There are two times in a day that is 06.30 am in the morning and 5.30 pm in the evening.
We need to reach Velas beach to see hatching.
Yes, Kids love Watching tiny Olive turtle taking step towards the sea.