Velas Turtle Festival – Eco Tour

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March 21, 2020
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2 Days 2 Nights
Availability : 21-22 March 2020
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25
Highlights
Features About Place
  • Sighting Olive Ridley Turtles at Velas beach
  • Witness these turtles taking their first baby steps towards the sea
  • 3 Turtle Egg Hatching sessions
  • Learn about Olive Ridley turtle conservation
  • Stay beautiful Konkani home stay
  • Enjoy delicious and authentic Konkani cuisine
  • Visit to historical Bankot Fort and Harihareshwar Temple
  • Jetty Ferry Boat Ride
Dapoli, Ratnagiri
Location
Velas Eco-Village
Base
03 Times
Egg Hatching
Information
About place

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.

About Velas

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 the 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 tour dates have been planned after precise calculation of probable hatching dates and as per the information provided by researchers & volunteers at Velas however, turtle sightings are a natural phenomenon and is a matter of luck.
  • Considering safety and security measure, it is strictly not permitted to swim at Velas beach.
  • Moreover, we expect our travellers to take this a complete ecotourism experience, enjoy & explore every bit of the tour and think beyond “just sightings”. There is a lot to enjoy in this short tour so Let’s be travellers, not Tourists.
  • As it is totally eco-tour, we provide accommodation in on homestay sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in local spices by our hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.
Itinerary
The Travel Plan

Day 0Night Travelling

22:00 – Reporting to the SG Team.
22:59 – Travel to the base village from Pune.

Day 12 Hatching Session at Velas Beach

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. (Limited: Veg./Non Veg. Available)
14:30 – Free time.
17:00 – Visit Beach for Turtle Hatching. Sunset.
18:30 – Information about Hatching Process.
20:00 – Enjoy Dinner. (Limited: Veg./Non Veg. Available)
22:00 – Day Stumps.

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Day 21 Hatching & Harihareshwar

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. (Self-Paid)
14:30 – Travel to Pune.
20:00 – Reach Pune with Happy Memories.

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Travelling Details
Pune to Pune
Departure
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 - 22:00
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Swargate > Katraj > Mahad > Velas (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Swargate
22:59 – Katraj

  • Please Come 15 min before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.
Arrival
Sun, 22 Mar 2020 - 21:00
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05
  • We may come before/after 1hr due to traffic situations.
Inclusions
What's Include in Fees
  • Private Transport – from/to Pune
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Veg.)Non Veg. Extra Rs. 300
  • Evening Tea/Coffee
  • Konkani Home-stay Accommodation
  • Vesavi to Bagmandle Ferry Boat Charges.
  • First Aid Kit
  • An Experienced Trek Leads
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses & Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘inclusions list’.
Trip Essentials
Things to Carry List
  • Backpack 30ltr
  • Cloths: T-Shirt/Shirt & Pant/Shorts
  • Cap/Hat, Rain Jacket, Thermals (Seasonal)
  • Slipper or Sandle
  • Water 1-2 Ltr.
  • Dry Food Items
  • Personal Medicines, If Any
  • Torch
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