Dear Friends we invite you all for Turtle Festival Tour to Velas on 12 & 13 March 2016 Leaving 11 March Friday Night Batch 4
Batch 1 : 20 & 21 Feb 2016 Leaving 19 Feb Friday Night
Batch 2 : 27 & 28 Feb 2016 Leaving 26 Feb Friday Night
Batch 3 : 5 & 6 March 2016 Leaving 4 March Friday Night
Batch 4 : 12 & 13 March 2016 Leaving 11 March Friday Night
Batch 5 : 19 & 20 March 2016 Leaving 18 march Friday Night
Batch 6 : 26 & 27 March 2016 Leaving 25 March Friday Night
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
The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:
Leaving 19th Feb, Friday Night :
Meeting Point :Pritam Hotel Dadar East @11.00 pm
Pikcup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @11.45 pm
Pickup Point will be given later (For all Pune People)
Reach Velas by 05.00am
Get fresh, Visit Velas Beach at 6am for Turtle Festival
Bankot Fort (15 Minutes Trek)
Explore Bankot fort
Return to Velas by 1.30pm
Lunch at Velas (Veg Konkani Food)
Rest till evening
Visit Velas beach for Turtle Festival in the evening at 5pm ,
Fun time at Velas beach
Back to House
Night walk and sharing experience of the day
Retire for the day
Wake up at 5.30am
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival in Morning at 6am.
Have breakfast and Start for Harihareshwar Temple and Beach by Ferry
Lunch at Harihareshwar
Post Lunch , Start our return journey by 3pm
Evening refreshment on the way
Reach Dadar by 9:00PM night
Expenses for the Tour is 2250/- per person
Mumbai to Mumbai transportation in private (Non-A/c) bus, All Meals for the Tour (Breakfast Tea, lunch, eve snacks tea & dinner)
Turtle festival charges, ferry charges, accommodation charges And Expertise charges.
Mineral Water And Cold Drinks.
For Registration call us:
Amit Bhadouria: 9819299164
Registration accepted only through phone call, sms or Whatsapp.
Things to be carried:
Bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs)
Camera (Optional) Jackets as it will be cold,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics and any kind of intoxication, firearms and gambling strictly prohibited.
Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “When you go to the mountain leave only your footprints and bring back only memories”
The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care.
The club will not be responsible for injury / accident / death to the participant while on tour.
Medical Disclaimer: It’s Important to be fit before going for Treks. 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, severe 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.
Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles on the mentioned dates.