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Velas Turtle Festival

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  • 2 Days  2 Nights 
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  • Best Season - Summer (May, June, July)

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 are 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.

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, its 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 its 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.

NOTE :-

Traveling by A/C Tempo traveler or bus with Pick up and Drop Bus Timings Are Given above For Convenience.

Hatching is the natural process. Organizers wont be responsible for no hatching or less number.

Event are fixed as per post discussion with local only.

Maximum batch size is 30 first come first basis.

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A/C bus

Homestay

Village Home

Evening Snacks, Dinner, Breakfast

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10:00 PM: Depart for Velas in a A/C bus (Bus Will start from Borivali We will manage pick-ups from pre-decided locations depending upon the participants)

Overnight journey to Velas, rest in bus will take small halt for tea and Freshen Up Inroute

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Khushi Patel
Khushi Patel

We are thankful to this company for organising significant trek for kalsubai this place is magnificent. Our sherpa (Smit) and (Kapil) was very interactive , entertaining , magnanimous and knowledgeable of history. I will not hesitate to recommend this company to my colleagues , family and friends. Thank you

Rahul Chauhan
Rahul Chauhan

The best trek I’ve ever gone to. I’ve travelled with many other tours but they are the best. From travelling to climbing, I was never bored. The trek leader is so interactive that you won’t feel lonely even if you go solo. They are punctual about their time and also they provide all the necessary services as per our needs. Enjoyed a lot during this trek and hoping to go on the same with this tours and travels.

Shreyas vane
Shreyas vane

Great team of admirable and fun people. Made the trek and the whole tour very enjoyable. The best part is the team actually takes interest in making the trip fun for everyone as a group

Vaibhavi Naik Pagare
Vaibhavi Naik Pagare

Had an amazing trip to kalsubai wid Bhatakna ppl , well coordinated & yess dey keep u motivated throughout d jurney Local food was yumm😊 for begginers ~ dnt worry dey dnt leave u alone unless d trekk gets over #adrenaline rush👌👍thumbs up👍

Sanika Shirwadkar
Sanika Shirwadkar

Awesome trip, well must say organizers- Sameer, Abhijeet & Pranay were bang on & very helpful. About the camp - movies under the stars is one of your USP, food was great, fabulous arrangement. In short had a great time. Thank u Bhatakna team.

Rahul Gurjar
Rahul Gurjar

Had an amazing trip. The local food was delicious. The people are extremely welcoming and treat you well. The overall experience was very good. The only thing which I could suggest is that the washrooms could have been cleaner. Overall enjoyed it :)


Inclusions

Travel from Borivali to Borivali by private AC Bus
Typical Konkani Meals on tour Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Day 2
Breakfast - Day 3
Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary
Dormitory Accommodation
Ferryboat Charges
Bhatakna Expertise Representatives

Exclusions

Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption.
All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
Any kind of personal expenses.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.

THINGS TO CARRY

 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



Policy and Terms

75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.

50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.

No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 

No show No Refund.

Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.

Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.

 If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.

Frequest Questions

Question 1: Can we get a separate room or family room at Velas Turtle Festival Homestay?                        

 

Answer: Currently, we are only conducting group events, and due to the heavy rush on weekends, we can only offer dormitory homestays at Velas Village. 

 

Velas Turtle Festival Homestay, Our Velas turtle festival accommodation is a dormitory with large halls. We have separate rooms available for Men and Women. Velas beach resort is not available at Velas Beach Ratnagiri or Velas village. Resorts are available in Dapoli or Harihareshwar only. 

 

 

 

Question 2: Where can I find olive ridley turtles on Konkan coast?   

 

Answer: Apart from Velas Maharashtra, Olive Ridley turtles can be found at many beautiful beaches along the Konkan coast, few beaches mentioned here. Guhagar Beach, Harihar Beach, Velas Agar Beach, Anjarle Beach, Wayangani Beach Vengurla. Best in all, the beaches of the Konkan coast.

 

Some of the best beaches are available close by Diveghar Beach, Shirvardhan Beach, Harihareshwar Beach, Bankot beach, Kelshi Beach, Anjarle Beach, Karde Beach, Harney Beach, Ladheghar Beach, Ganapatipule beach. Due to limited time on tour, we will be covering only Harihareshwar Beach and Velas Beach. Many olive ridley turtles conservation projects are active on the Konkan coastline; only a few are open for tourists by the forest department and olive ridley turtles conservation team. 

Question 3: The food at Velas Village Homestay Food?

Answer: We provide locally cooked Jain, Veg, Non-veg food at our Velas Turtle Festival stay. Food quality is the same meal that locals cook for themselves; it is Konkani cuisine. Velas homestay owners are famous for their hospitality, food, tourist flock during the turtle festival in Velas.

Questions 4: Are toilets available and a bathing facility?                                                 

Answer: A bathing facility is available, and a hot water facility is unavailable. Toilets are the eastern commode. 

Velas beach lines have no toilet facility. Tourism is open for a few limited months in the Village, so most homestays are very basic. Turtle Festival at Velas Every year, thousands of tourists from India flock to this vibrant coastal Village for the annual festival.

Question 5: Velas Village mobile connectivity?                                                     l

Answer: The range is available in a few spots near the Village, and Idea sim cards have a good range. There is load Shedding, and carry power bank electricity is unavailable for some periods due to load shedding at Velas Village. Bankot fort has good mobile connectivity and Harihareshwar beach. 

Question 6: What are the things to do at Velas Turtle Festival?                                       

Answer: Some fun things to do during Kasav Festival Velas Village. Bird Watching, you can spot my different species of birds and play competition who spots the most different birds and identifies them. Fireflies in Velas Village are visible in the evening at certain spots. Enjoy the village life at Velas beach Konkan Homestay stay.   

Bankot Fort Ratnagiri historical very important as the first residency of East India British Company in India, Taking part in Turtle Festival Velas Village, Night walk around the coastal road, Relaxing by the beach and watching sunrise and Sunset.

Watching Dolphins in the sea from Velas beach and Harihareshwar beach. You can visit the Anjarle Turtle festival around 40 km from Velas. Anjarle beach is an untouched and charming Village. Many homestays are available right where the beach ends. Boat ride to Suvarnadurg Fort, watch the fish auction at Harney Beach. Darshan at Harihareshwar temple and shop local produce from the market. 

Question 7: Velas Turtle Festival Timings or Velas Kasav Jatra timing? Velas Turtle Hatching release timings?

Answer: It would be best if you reached Velas beach at 6.30 am. For evening Velas turtle release arrive at the beach at 5.30 pm. Locals release Velas turtle festival 2022 dates, the forest department and the Kasav Mitra Mandal Velas conservation team. Baby olive ridley turtles are released around Sunrise and Sunset every day. 

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