Turtle Festival Tour to Velas

:Velas, Ratnagiri
:Feb - Apr
:2 Days2 Nights
Event Type
:Experience, Tour
Start From
:Pune / Mumbai
:Pune / Mumbai

Turtle Festival Tour to Velas

Velas, Ratnagiri
2 Days2 Nights

Event Overview

Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 kms away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is that time of the year again - when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, it’s mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside it’s sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon- in this case, the sea. TreksandTrails, India invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists - each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6 hour drive from Mumbai.

Maharashtra is blessed with 720 kms long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come visit. However the exact count and type is unknown. As from what is believed there is not a detailed study available. In the year 2000-01, it was found that a species of turtle, Olive Ridley is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill and the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what does turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.
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Event Details


Day 1 - Departure from Dadar
  • 22:45 Meeting at State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar branch (Travelling by A/C Bus).
  • 23:00 Departure from State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar.
  • 23:15 Pickup at McDonald’s, Deccan.
  • 23:35 Pickup at Chandani Chowk.
Day 2 - Visit to Bankot Fort
  • 05:00 Early morning arrival at Velas Village.
  • 06:00 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting.
  • 08:00 Breakfast.
  • 10:30 Visit to Bankot fort.
  • 13:00 Lunch & Rest.
  • 17:00 Visit to the beach for turtle sightings.
  • 20:00 Dinner and rest.
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Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 10.30 PM Drop Time: 11.00 PM

Things To Carry

  • 2/3 liters of water
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Extra pair of clothes & towel
  • Trekking shoes for trekking
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Personal medicines (if any)
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • Sun cap and Sunscreen
  • Identity proof



  • Travel by AC Bus
  • Accommodation in a typical Konkani homestay - Dormitory.
  • Saturday: 1 veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 Veg Dinner
  • Sunday: 1 Veg breakfast
  • Sightseeing as per the schedule
  • Expertise, guide charges and administration charges if any.
  • Ferryboat charges. All entry tickets and permissions. Provision of primary first aid only.
  • GST


  • Non-Veg Food
  • Lunch on Day 2
  • Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
  • Mineral water and any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Any kind of personal expenses (Camera fees, entry fees, etc.)
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.

Terms & Conditions

Smoking and Drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Group leader decision will be final and binding.
This is a group activity. we reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
Swiming in Sea is not allowed at Harihar Beach or Velas Beach.

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