Welcomes to all the nature lovers for this year’s Velas turtle festival tour, as we take you on a truly unforgettable journey where you will witness these exquisite creatures taking tiny footsteps in the vast, white sands of the Konkan. This is the best time to visit Velas to experience breeding of turtle at Velas Turtle festival is March to May.
Velas is an eco-village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas beach is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley Turtle. Velas beach accounts for 40% of sea turtle’s nests along Maharashtra’s coast. It is not only home to turtles but also to a myriad of bird species including the White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Backed Vulture and Indian Swiftlet.
You can go on a walk in the village and also satiate your taste buds by some truly authentic Konkani cuisine. Besides Velas beach, there are several other tourist attractions at Velas including the historic Bankot Fort, the Harihareshwar temple;
Accommodation in a local homestay will truly add a warm touch to the experience. It gives you a feel of Home away from Home.
Interesting Facts to Know
Only female turtles will come back to the breeding site for laying their eggs. Male turtles will never come back to the beach again. Female turtles will visit the shore during the late evening, make a pit on sandy beach, lay the eggs in the pit, cover it up with her fins and then leave back to sea, to never come back.
Eco-Tourism Trip and Awareness
Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtle. An NGO named “Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra” started the conservation and now the Gram-Panchayat and villager’s committee has taken over the responsibility to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs.
“Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable moment!”
TO BE REMEMBERED:
Turtle Sighting is a natural phenomenon and is a matter of luck. The trip dates have been planned after precise calculation of probable hatching dates and as per the information provided by volunteers and researchers at Velas however, nobody can GUARANTEE baby turtle sighting.
In Velas, entering into the water is strictly not allowed considering safety and security.
Shivajinagar > Swargate > Katraj > Mahad > Harihareshwar > Velas (Base)
22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Swargate
22:59 – Katraj Chauk
22:00 – Reporting to the SG Team.
22:59 – Travel to the base village from Pune.
05:30 – Reach in Velas Eco-Village. Check in at respective Homestay.
06:00 – Visit Velas beach for watching the Hatching process.
08:00 – Freshen up. Breakfast+Tea.
09:00 – Visit Bankot Fort. Explore.
11:00 – Free time in Velas.
13:00 – Lunch. (Veg. only)
14:30 – Free time.
17:00 – Visit Beach for Turtle Hatching. Sunset.
18:30 – Information about Hatching Process.
20:00 – Enjoy Dinner. (Veg./Non Veg. Available)
21:00 – Night walk on the beach.
22:00 – Day Stumps.
06:00 – Wake-up Call. Freshen Up.
06:30 – Visit a beach for the last sighting of the trip.
08:00 – Come back & Have Breakfast.
09:00 – Leave for Harihareshwar.
– Our bus will be transferred from one district to another in a jetty via sea route.
10:30 – Explore Harihareshwar temple & beach. Pradakshina Darshan.
12:30 – Lunch at Harihareshwar.
14:30 – Travel to Pune.
19:00 – Reach Pune with Happy Memories. 🙂