Trekगुरु : Velas Turtle Festival-2015 on 14 March to 15 March 2015 (Batch - 3)

District: Ratnagiri

Type : Nature Trail / Eco Tour

Grade: Very Easy

Duration : 2 Nights/days

Mode of Transport : Private Vehicle

Cost : Rs. 2100/- (For the age 15 & above) & Rs.1500/-(For the age 5 to 14)

Contact : Pravin 9821318848/9821465256


The places that we will be visiting during outing are:

1. Velas Beach

2. Bankot Fort

3. Harihareshwar Temple & Beach


About Velas:

Velas is a small coastal village in Rathnagiri District of Maharashtra. Olive Ridleys are the smallest of the sea turtles and they got their name because of their olive coloured shells. Though these are the most abundant species of turtles in any ocean, they are yet classified as endangered species. Often people kill these turtles for their shells, meat and mostly for the eggs. People belonging to the shores where these turtles hatch their eggs, call the phenomenon as “Arribada”.

Velas is also known for the birth place of Nana Phadnavis, a great Indian diplomat.

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, 13 march 2015:

Meeting time and place: 10.45 PM @ Dadar East Nr. Hotel Preetam 

11.00 PM @ Travel to Velas

Day 1, Saturday, 14 march 2015:

Morning Session:

Early morning arrival at Velas, freshen up

Move to nesting site at Velas beach at 0700 hrs.

Return to Villagers home, refreshment

Visit Bankot Fort at 1100 hrs.

Typical Konkani Lunch at 1300 hrs.

Afternoon Session

Rest time or play indoor games like cards, business, etc.

Evening Session

Move to Velas Beach, nesting site at 1700 hrs.

Dinner at 2100 hrs

Night walk on sea shore.

Day 2, Sunday, 15 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. 2100/- (For the age 15 & above) & Rs.1500/-(For the age 5 to 14) 



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

2) All Veg. lunch & breakfast.

3) Entry charges.

4) Accommodation in typical Konkani 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


Account ID: 20059830445

Account Type: Savings Bank Account

Account name: PRAVIN P. KAMBLE


IFSC code: MAHB0000563


Contact detail

Pravin : 9821318848

9821465256 (whatsapp)


(message / Whatsapp Us if calls not answered or not reachable)


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 foods ( plum cake, biscuits etc.)


Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.


The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.


Please understand this ain’t a picnic, all Trekking and Adventure activities demand fitness. We request you to get a medical fitness check done before you participate in any such events. If suffering from any allergy carry proper medications and inform your trek leaders about it. Also make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip, building in an allowance for any travel delay. 


Smoking and alcohol strictly prohibited


Be a group - its not a race


NO littering please...we are educated


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