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Velas Turtle Festival
Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 kms 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. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, it’s 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 it’s sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon- in this case, the sea. TreksandTrails, India invites you to this 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.
Travelling by A/C Bus
Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed.
Maximum batch size is 30 travellers on first come first basis.
Pick up and Drop at centralized locations only.
Day 0: Friday Night
22:00 Meeting at State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar branch (Travelling by A/C Bus).
22:15 Departure from State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar.
22:30 Pickup at McDonald’s, Deccan.
23:00 Pickup at Chandani chowk.
Day: 1 Saturday
05:00 Early morning arrival at Velas Village.
06:00 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting.
10:30 Visit to Bankot fort.
13:00 Lunch & Rest.
17:00 Visit to beach for turtle sightings.
20:00 Dinner and rest.
Day 2 - Sunday
06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting.
10:30 Depart for Harihareshwar temple from Velas village.
14:30 Departure for Pune from Harihareshwar temple.
23:00 Approx. arrival at Shivajinagar – Pune.
Cost: Rs 3000
Travel by AC Bus
Accommodation in a typical Konkani homestay - Dormitory.
Saturday: 1 veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 Veg Dinner
Sunday: 1 Veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch
Sightseeing as per the schedule
Expertise, guide charges and TreksandTrails, India administration charges if any.
Ferryboat charges. All entry tickets and permissions. Provision of primary first aid only.
Non-Veg Food, Camera or photography charges if any.
Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.