Velas Turtle Festival – Eco Tour

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March 1, 2021
Pkg 1 - Food (Veg. Limited)
  • Pkg 1 - Food (Veg. Limited)Available: 15 seats
  • Pkg 2 - Food (Non-Veg. Limited)(Extra ₹ 300 pp.)Available: 15 seats
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2 Days 2 Nights
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Min Age : 7+
Max People : 15

Highlights

Features about the activity
  • Sighting Olive Ridley Turtles at Velas Beach
  • 3 Turtle Egg Hatching Sessions
  • Learn About Turtle Conservation
  • Delightful Konkani Homestay
  • Delicious & Authentic Konkani Cuisine
  • Jetty Ferry Boat Ride
  • Historical Bankot Fort & Harihareshwar Temple Visit
Ratnagiri District

Dapoli

Base Village

Velas

Hatching Session

03 Times

Best Season

March-May

Hello,
Nature Lovers,

Welcome to this year’s Turtle Festival. This two-days will be one of the most memorable in your life.
From hatching to touching the sea, we were together in this unforgettable moments; I will always remember you, my friend!

Thank you for sharing your love with us!

Yours,
Baby Turtle

Velas Eco-Village

Tal. Dapoli, Dist.-Ratnagiri

“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!”

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.

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.

To Be Remembered

About - Velas Turtle Festival

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 measures, 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 on this short tour so let’s be travellers, not tourists.

– As it is totally eco-tour, we provide accommodation in a homestay sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in local spices by our hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.

Eco-Tourism Trip
& 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.

Interesting Facts to Know
About - Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

• 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.

Itinerary

Trip Schedule

Day 0Night Travelling

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

Day 12 Hatching Session & Bankot Fort

05:30 – Reach in Velas Eco-village.
– Check-in at a 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 – Have a Lunch.
14:30 – Free time.

17:00 – Visit beach for turtle hatching.
– Enjoy a beautiful sunset.
18:30 – Information about the hatching process.
20:00 – Enjoy authentic Konkani food at dinner.
22:00 – Day stumps.
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Accommodation
Konkani Homestay – Separate Hall for Male & Female

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Limited: Veg./Non-Veg.)

Day 21 Hatching & Harihareshwar Visit

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.
12:30 – Lunch at Harihareshwar. (Self-paid)
14:30 – Travel to Pune.
20:00 – Reach Pune with happy memories.
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Meals
Breakfast

Konkani Cuisine

Travel

Ex- Pune to Pune

Departure

Fri, 22 Jan 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 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.

Arrival

Fri, 22 Jan 2020 - 22:00
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05
  • We may come before/after 1 hr. due to traffic situations.

Inclusions

What's included
  • Private Transport – From/To PuneNon AC Bus - Toll, Parking, Transport Permit
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner(Veg./Non-Veg. Limited)
  • Ferry Boat ChargesVesavi to Bagmandle Jetty
  • Konkani Homestay AccommodationSeparate Hall for Male & Female
  • First Aid KitWell-Stocked Medicines
  • An Experienced Trip Leads

Exclusions

What's not included
  • Day 2 - Lunch & Dinner
  • Personal expenses & Anything specifically not mentioned in the 'inclusions' list.

Trip Essentials

Things to carry list
  • Backpack30-40 L
  • Comfy Travel OutfitsAs the weather will be humid
  • Cap/HatPrevent from the Sun Rays
  • Crocs / SandalsAvoid Shoes & Slippers
  • Extra pair of clothsFor use the next day
  • Water 1 LWater Bottle
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, Fresh Fruits, Energy Bars, Chocolates, etc.
  • Personal Medicines, If Any

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