Dear Friends We Invite you all for Bike Ride to Velas Turtle Festival With Mumbairangers on 12 & 13 March 2015



Turtle Festival at Velas Beach :

The turtle festival is being celebrated since 2006.The Turtle Festival at Velas is annually organized by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the

Kasav Mitra Mandal ,in March. This festival is meant for nature lovers, marine turtle enthusiasts, tourists and people who just want to witness

this moment, at least once in a lifetime!



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.


Velas is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is noted as a birthplace of Nana Phadnis.He was sachiva- a secretary in Peshawai in Pune.

Accommodation consists of a simple, homely dormitory style (no separate rooms).


Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type

of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous

nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both

sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an

underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja)

leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the

adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a

beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.


Some information about the area:

The places that will be visiting are:

1. Harihareshwar Temple And Beach

2. Bankot Fort

3. Velas Beach

4. Baby Turtles



Information About the ride:

Its a ride

route Mumbai – Wadkal naka - Mangaon - velas And back

Distance 550 Kms


Detailed plan is below :


Meeting at kalamboli Mc Donald Sharp at 6.00

Introduction round

For Pune People 8.00am at wadkal naka via Pen

Ride till Wadkal naka and Have Breakfast 

Lunch at velas 

After lunch rest for some time 

Evening visit to velas beach for turtle hatching

Evening Exploration of surrounding place .

dinner & day off.


Sunday Early Morning visit to velas for turtle hatching (Optional)


Short Ride to bankot fort 

explore surrounding areas photography.

Ride to Harihareshwar temple

Lunch at harihareshwar 

Ride back to mumbai till 8pm.


Total ride is 550kms.


MumbaiRangers Bike ride is on Actual basis Which means you pay for your own expenses.



Expertise charges will INR 500 for the Ride.


Petrol and Maintenance cost is settled by the bike owner and the person accompanying him/her.

In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by rider alone.


(Mumbai rangers will provide info about a willing participant who can accompany you,

and share the expenses. this depends on availability of such willing participants.


Important things to be carried :

Identity proof.

legal papers of bike.



Medicines, camera (optional).



For Registrations call mumbaiRangers:

Amit Bhadouria: 9819299164


Registration accepted only through phone call..


Medical Disclaimer: Its Important to be fit before going for Treks or Rides .

It is Important to have a medical fitness check up done.

If suffering from any allergy or ailment,please bring prescribed medicines to prevent serious

health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.

Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine,

diabetes etc should Take permission from their physicians before treks or rides


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