Trekगुरु : Velas Turtle Festival-2015 on 28 Feb to 01 March 2015 (Batch - 1)
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
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, 27 Feb 2015:
Meeting time and place: 10.45 PM @ Dadar East Nr. Hotel Preetam
11.00 PM @ Travel to Velas
Day 1, Saturday, 28 Feb 2015:
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.
Rest time or play indoor games like cards, business, etc.
Move to Velas Beach, nesting site at 1700 hrs.
Dinner at 2100 hrs
Night walk on sea shore.
Day 2, Sundday, 01 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.
Bank Name: BANK OF MAHARASHTRA
Account ID: 20059830445
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
Account name: PRAVIN P. KAMBLE
Branch: BHOIWADA - MUMBAI
IFSC code: MAHB0000563
Pravin : 9821318848
(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.
Smoking and alcohol strictly prohibited
Be a group - its not a race
NO littering please...we are educated