Visit toVelas  Turtle Festival on 20 MAR TO 22 MAR March 2015

 Short Information about tour.

District: Ratnagiri

Type : Nature Trail / Eco Tour

Grade: Very Easy

Duration : 2 Nights/03days

Mode of Transport : Private NON AC Vehicle ( DADAR TO DADAR)

The places that we will be visiting during outing are:

1.     Velas Beach

2.    Bankot Fort

3.    Harihareshwar Temple & Beach

Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.Also the birthplace ofNana Phadnis, a secretary of the Peshwai in Pune, this village gives you a classic rustic Maharashtrian feel. A 220km drive from Mumbai, it is located nearby to Dapoli. Some fantastic beaches, tasty Maharashtrian food and the opportunity to save a turtle await you.

The Velas Turtle Festival is an opportunity for the people to be a part of a conservation project of the Olive Ridley Turltes.It is an endangered species of Marine turtles.It is undertaken by the Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra Mandal.

Every December-January, these turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs which are then taken by the

volunteers and put in a cage for protection from other animals and humans, who are known to eat the eggs as a delicacy.

Bankot Sea Fort :


Bankot stands at the mouth of Bankot creek, where Savitri river (originating from Mahabaleshwar) meets the Arabian Sea. Bankot creek was a major sea trade route, and the ancient caves of Dasgaon and Mandangad are the evidence of the same. Bankot fort is also known as Himmatgad & Victoria Fort.


Surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the perfect foil for long stretch of pristine beach. The Harihareshwar temple built in the 16th century with the deities of Vishnu Brahma and Shiva is the primary attraction in Harihareshwar along with beautiful stretch of beach.

Tentative Itinerary of the event will be as follows :

Day 0, Friday, 20 Mar 2015:

Meeting time and place: 11 PM @ Dadar East Nr. Hotel Preetam
11.15 PM @ Travel to Velas

Day 1, Saturday, 21 Mar 2015:

Morning Session:

Early morning arrival at Velas, freshen up

Move to nesting site at Velas beach at 0630 hrs.

Return to Villagers home, Breakfast an Tea

Visit Bankot Fort at 1100 hrs.

Veg Lunch at Villager home at 1300 hrs.

Afternoon Session

Rest time or play indoor games like cards

Evening Session

Move to Velas Beach, nesting site at 1700 hrs.

Return back and Dinner at 2100 hrs

Day 2, Sunday, 22 March 2015:

Wake up early morning

Velas beach, nesting site at 0700 hrs.

Back to house, break fast.

Start for Harihareshwar at 1100 hrs

Harihareshwar temple & beach visit at 1200 hrs.

Lunch at 1330 hrs.

Return to Mumbai

Reach Dadar by 2100 hrs (Time is subjective)

Contribution:  Rs. 2000/- (For the age 15 & above) & Rs.1400/-(For the age 5 to 14)                                                 


1)    Transportation from Dadar to Dadar by Private Non-AC Vehicle.

2)   All Veg. lunch & breakfast. (Non veg food can be provided with extra cost of  Rs.600  need to advised at time of booking)

3)   Entry charges.

4)   Accommodation in villager’s house.

5)   Ferryboat Charges.

Please book in advance with payment of Rs. 1000/- for bus & accommodation booking …

Deposit the amount in the following account.

Account Details

Name           : ST TOURS AND TRAVEL

Bank Name   : ICICI BANK

Account No  : 196205500001

IFSC code   : ICIC00001962

Imp Note: -
Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles on the mentioned dates.

Things to carry:

Good trekking shoes,

Torch with spare battery
 A Water Bottle (2 Ltrs) (a must)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (a must)
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc

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Sachin:- +91 9930912155/Sagar:- +91 9920850066

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