Velas Turtle Festival on 15th 16th April 2017

Velas Turtle Festival on 15th 16th April 2017


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Maharashtra is blessed with 720 kms long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come visit. However, the exact count and type are unknown. As from what is believed there is not a detailed study available. In the year 2000-01, it was found that a species of turtle, Olive Ridley is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill and the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what does turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.




Why Velas Turtle Festival 2017?


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.
Kindly Note:


Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed.


Maximum batch size is 25 travellers on first come first basis.


Travel by private A/C vehicle.


Pick up and Drop at centralized locations only.




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Event Details - Velas Turtle Festival 2017


Event Type Tour


Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg food already arranged


Transport: Travel by same private vehicle for the entire tour


Height of Bankot fort: 500 ft


Base Village: Velas


Taluka: Mandangad


District: Ratnagiri


Region: Konkan


Route from Pune: Pune – Banner – Khopoli - Velas


Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Panvel - Mahad - Loner phata - Velas


Distance from Mumbai: 220 km approx. 


Distance from Pune: 195 km approx.


Total time required for climbing Bankot Fort: None


Total distance for climbing: None


Minimum participants required: 6


Maximum participants: 24




Parking available yes




Duration: 2 days 2 Nights.


Day 0: Friday Night


Meeting at Pritam Dhaba Dadar East 22:45


Departure from Pritam Dhaba: 23:00


Chembur Diamond garden pickup 23.30


Vashi below main bridge pickup at 00.15


Panvel ST Depot pickup 00:30 (Pune Participants)
Day: 1 Saturday 


04:00 Early morning arrival at Velas Village. 


06:00 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting


08:00 Breakfast 


10:30 Visit to Bankot fort 


13:00 Lunch & Rest 


17:00 Visit to beach for turtle sightings


20:00 Dinner and rest


21:00 Movie about Turtle Conversation at Conservation Office if available.
Day 2 - Sunday


06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting. 


08:00 Breakfast 


10:30 Depart for Harihareshwar temple from Velas village 


13:00 Lunch


14:30 Departure for Mumbai from Harihareshwar temple.


23:00 Approx. arrival at Dadar – Mumbai.












Cost Includes:


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.








Cost Excludes:


Non Veg Food, Camera or photography charges if any.


Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included. 


Mineral water and any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list.






For Registration and Confirmation transfer Rs. 2800.00 per person.




Cancellation Policy:


50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date.


No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.


Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.


Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.


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