Visit toVelas Turtle Festival on 20 MAR TO 22 MAR March 2015
Short Information about tour.
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:
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.
Rest time or play indoor games like cards
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 ofRs. 1000/-for bus & accommodation booking …
Deposit the amount in the following account.
Name : ST TOURS AND TRAVEL
Bank Name : ICICI BANK
Account No : 196205500001
Account Type: CURRENT ACCOUNT Branch : MUMBAI PHOENIX MARKET CITY BRANCH 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