Velas Turtle Festival – Eco Tour

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2 Days 2 Nights
Availability : May 2021
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 15

Highlights

Features about the trip
  • Sighting Olive Ridley Turtles at Velas Beach
  • 3 Turtle Egg Hatching Sessions
  • Learn About Turtle Conservation
  • Delightful the Konkani Homestay
  • Delicious & Authentic Konkani Cuisine
  • Jetty Ferry Boat RideVesavi to Bagmandala
  • Visit Historical Bankot Fort
  • Any One Unplanned Visit near Velas
Ratnagiri District

Mandangad

Eco Village

Velas

Egg Hatching Session

03 Times

Best Season

Mar-Apr-May

Velas Eco-Village

Tal.- Mandangad, 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.

Eco-Tourism Trip and Awareness

About Velas Turtle Festival

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 turtles.

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.

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 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 on a homestay-sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in local spices by our hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.

Interesting Facts to Know

About - Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

1. Only female turtles will come back to the breeding site for laying their eggs. Male turtles will never come back to the beach again.

2. 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 their fins and then leave back to sea, to never come back.

Bankot Fort

aka Himmatgad

Bankot Fort is an ancient fort situated at Bankot village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Overlooking the Bankot Creek, it is one of the historical forts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.

Also known as Himmatgad, the Bankot Fort is situated at the highest point on the junction where river Savitri meets the sea. It is believed to have been established with the motive of guarding the trade route which ran along the Savitri River. As it is located atop a small hill, the fort provides its visitors with a commanding view of the nearby settlement and the sea.

Itinerary

Trip schedule

Day 0Night Travelling

Day 12 Hatching Session at Velas Beach

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Accommodation
Konkani Homestay

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Veg. / Non Veg. Available)

Day 21 Hatching Session & Bankot Fort

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Meals
Breakfast

Travel

Ex. Pune

Departure

Fri, 19 Mar 2021, 22:00 Hrs.
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Nal Stop > Chandani Chauk > Tamhini-Mangav > Velas (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Nal Stop
22:59 – Chandani Chauk

Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.

Arrival

Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 21:00 Hrs.
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05We 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, etc.
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 DinnerVeg. & Non Veg.
  • Konkani Homestay AccommodationSeparate Hall for Male & Female
  • Ferry Boat RideVesavi to Bagmandale Jetty
  • First Aid KitWell & Needful Stocked Medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusions

What's not included
  • Day 2 - Lunch
  • Anything Specifically Not Mentioned in the 'Inclusions' List& Personal expenses

Trip Essentials

Things to carry list
  • Identity CardPhoto & Address Proof (e.g. Aadhar Card)
  • Backpack30-40 Ltr.
  • Comfortable Travel OutfitsAs the weather will be humid
  • Hat / CapTo prevent from the sun rays
  • Extra ClothsTo use at beach
  • Sandle / Crocks / SlipperComfortable footwear
  • Water 2 Ltr.Reusable water bottles
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, Fresh Fruits, Energy Bars, Chocolates, etc.
  • Energy DrinksORS Powder, Limbu Sarbat, Etc.
  • Prescribed medicinesIf any
  • Torch / HeadlampExtra batteries
  • AccessoriesSunglasses, Camera etc.
  • Face-Mask, Hand-SanitizerTo protect your skin & maintain hygiene practice

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