Turtle Festival is celebrated each year in the form of a unique conversation program, which reflects the fact that Olive Ridley turtles are on the verge of extinction. The main objective of organizing this event is to educate people to a maximum extent regarding the successful ways of taking care of various turtles in the best possible manner

Velas is a coastal village which falls in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. The place is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. Besides Velas beach, here are several other tourist attractions at Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple. However, of lately, Velas has been attracting tourists more for its Velas turtle festival maharashtra than anything else. Hundreds of Olive Ridley Turtles, one of the most treasured species of marine turtles, come ashore at Velas beach for breeding and lay hundreds of eggs. When the Velas turtle festival dates are announces, thousands of tourists visit the velas beach in order to witness baby turtles.

Dates -  11th & 12th Feb 2017

While the coastal village of Velas is well known for its annual turtle festival maharashtra, there are several other places tourists can feast their eyes on:
1. Harihareshwar beach : This is the prime Velas beach and arguably one of the most naturally preserved ones which one would come across in vicinity. The fact that Olive Ridley turtles choose these beaches for laying their eggs in huge numbers vouches for its pristine form.
2. Bankot Fort : During Homestay accommodation at velas, one can also go around the much visited Bankot fort which is in the vicinity of these beaches. Made part of Bombay Presidency in 1756 and was the foothold of British Raj in Southern Konkan. The origin of this fort is enigmatic even for the historians which further increases its appeal for tourists.
3. Harihareshwar Temple : After having witnessed the breathtaking event of velas turtle festival 2015, one can make their trip a little religion-oriented by going around two famous temples at Harihareshwar, Kalbhairav temple and the main Harihareshwar temple housing a Shiva Linga.

Fees is Rs. 2000/- per person

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1- Friday - 08.00 pm: Meeting/pickup point Will be decided later but from Central line only (Dadar,Sion,Kurla,Chembur etc)

Day 2 : Saturday
05.00 am - Reach Ratnagiri – Tea and Breakfast – Rest
07.00 am - Reach Velas.
7.00 am - 10.00 am: Velas, Harihareshwar beach Sight Seeing &photography
12.30 pm - Lunch @ Velas
02.30 pm – Bankot fort
5:30 to 9:30pm – Velas beach with baby turtles
9:30 pm - Dinner at homestay
10:30 pm – campfire
11:00 pm – lights out

Day 3 Sunday
04:00 am – Wake up call

5:30 to 9:30am – Velas beach with baby turtles

10.30 am: Leave for Mumbai
17.00 pm: Reach Mumbai

Please contact :
Priyanka Jangid : 7738180002
Vishnu Mestry - 08976319379
Rehan Tamboli - 9892842409
If calls not attended , then please whatsapp or sms

Cost Includes:
Travel by a Non-ac vehicle Dadar/Kurla to Velas and back,
Breakfast, (1) Packed Dinner, Veg-Lunch,Tea.

Transaction Details:
A/C Name:Society for Environment Conservation and Research
A/C Number 24480100023062
Bank of Baroda
Branch :Jacob Circle Branch
IFSC Code :BARB0JACOBC (5th character is zero)
MICR Code :400012092
Branch Code : JACOBC

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (compulsory)
Some ready to eat food/Snacks
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs) Compulsory
Medicine those require
A haversack to put in all the things
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Limited seats _____

Rules to be followed :
"Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints".
Do Not Litter
No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol
Respect the Heritage
All participants stick together in the group
Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
No person or no organization (SECR) or no group is responsible for any accident, mishap or any type of unfortunate incidents.

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