Turtle Festival Tour to Velas

Location
:Velas, Ratnagiri
Season
:Mar
Duration
:2 Days2 Nights
Event Type
:Experience, Tour
Level
:Easy
Start From
:Dadar
Ends
:Dadar

Turtle Festival Tour to Velas

Velas, Ratnagiri
2 Days2 Nights

Event Overview

Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri district which is famous for the Olive Ridley turtle population that visits the Velas beach every year and lays their eggs.At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs.Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable moment. Join in Mumbai Travellers for this unforgettable journey.
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Event Details

Schedule

Day 1 - Late Night departure
  • Depart from Mumbai by 10:30 p.m by non-a/c luxury bus.
Day 2 - Visit Velas beach
  • We reach Velas eco-village by 06:00 am after a bumpy yet fun ride. Then, we visit Velas beach to witness the tiny turtles taking their first steps. Post sightings, a briefing session would be taken to educate about Olive Ridley Turtles and how they fight for their existence. After that, we move towards our home-stay. You can freshen up and unload your bag-packs. Later, we will have delicious home-made breakfast aalong with introduction session. After filling our stomachs, we proceed for a visit to Bankot Fort, which is known for its history and breathtaking views of Velas beach and Harihareshwar. After that, we head back to our dwelling for a typical Konkani lunch. Post lunch, you can rest till evening. In evening, we visit Velas beach again to sight more Olive Ridley Turtles. Rest of the evening will be dedicated to a documentary, based on the journey of turtles. You can spend the night by enjoying group games, sharing stories and experiences, etc. while having your dinner and then can retire to bed.
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Meal

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Adventure Activities

Photography

Amenities

Firstaid
Accommodation
Guide
Transport

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 10.30 PM Drop Time: 10.00 PM

Things To Carry

  • ID Proof (Pan card/Driving License)
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Dry Food / Snacks and Water Bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sanitary Kit
  • Cap, Glares, Sunscreen, moisturizers etc.
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Sturdy Shoes or Kito
  • Rucksack to carry things
  • Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
  • Clothing as per season
  • Electral Powder / Glucon D / Tang / Energy Bar etc.

Policy

Included

  • Accommodation in a typical Konkani bungalow on homestay sharing basis. (Velas is an eco-tourism village and separate rooms / hotel accommodation is not available)
  • Transportation from Mumbai to Mumbai or Pune to Pune by Non-A/c luxury Bus.
  • Typical Konkani veg meals on tour. (Breakfast, Dinner & Lunch)
  • Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary.
  • Ferryboat Charges & entry tickets.
  • Expertise
  • GST

Excluded

  • Tax as applicable
  • Bottled water, aerated drinks
  • Lens/Camera charges if any
  • Anythings other than above mentioned inclusions.

Terms & Conditions

The tour dates have been planned after precise calculation of probable hatching dates and as per the information provided by volunteers and researchers at Velas however turtle sighting is a natural phenomenon and is matter of luck.
Considering safety and security measure, it is strictly not permitted to swim at Velas beach.
Moreover, we expect our travellers to take this a complete ecotourism experience, enjoy & explore every bit of the tour and think beyond “just sightings”. There is a lot to enjoy in this short tour so Let’s be travellers, not Tourists :-)
As it is totally eco-destination, we provide accommodation in Konkani bungalow on homestay sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in authentic spices by Konkani Brahmin hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.

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