Velas Turtle Hatching Festival
Slow and steady wins the race!
Join us to witness the extremely delightful phenomenon of hatching an olive ridley turtle at the most beautiful and serene beach of Velas, Ratnagiri.
The experience is all about visiting the Turtle Village - Velas, being part of a phase where life begins, living the most peaceful Konkani village life, having mouth-watering Konkani food and exploring some unique places at Harihareshwar Beach.
About Turtle Hatching :
The extremely appreciative move taken by Government in association with villagers; led by local environmentalists. The early roots of this movement go back in 2002. Since around 18 years with continuous efforts and dedication Velas today converse one of the most unique breeds, observed in India named Olive Ridley Turtles.
These efforts lead to the increase in the population of these turtles which were on the verge of extinction from our country. Normally observed in the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Odisha, Olive Ridley Turtles can be considered as the National Turtle Breed of India. Let's come together to witness and appreciate these beautiful and amazing efforts and to be part of the turtle hatching Festival.
About Olive Ridley Turtles :
The olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known commonly as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Cheloniidae. Growing to about 2 ft (61 cm) in carapace length (measured along the curve), the olive ridley sea turtle gets its common name from its olive-coloured carapace. Hatchlings are dark grey with a pale yolk scar, but appear all black when wet. The olive ridley sea turtle rarely weighs over 50 kg. Although these are the most abundant species of turtle it has seen that the population has decreased globally by 30%. The olive ridley is classified as vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Velas - Kasavanche Gaon (Turtle Village): An Eco Village.
A small, yet beautiful village located in the coastal area of Maharashtra in Ratnagiri District is now blessed with Turtles.
The village is very small but extremely welcoming and full of happy go lucky people. The major occupation being farming and tourism. A typical Konkani place with lots of mouth-watering dishes seafood and fruits like Kaju, Jackfruit, Mango and others. One can visit local Shankar temple, Bankot fort or just relax and have a chit chat with villagers in this amazing place.
If you are lucky you will witness fireflies and bioluminescence phenomenon happening in this village. Also don't forget to have mouthwatering local food like solkadhi, ukadiche modak, fanasache gare, kokam and other delicious food items along with seafood!
Nature Lovers, Families, Photographers, Friends and Groups.
(all depends on climatic conditions)
Mouthwatering local food
Visit to Bankot Fort
Visit to Harihareshwar beach and temple
Transport by Non AC Seater Tempo Traveller from Pune/Mumbai to Pune/Mumbai
1 Lunch with Special Ukadiche Modak
1 Dinner with Special Solkadhi
(All Meals Veg)
Shared Stay - Homestay
All Entry Charges
Jetty Ride and Charges
Day 2 - Lunch
Food during travel
Anything not mentioned
We are going to start from various points from Mumbai and Pune at around 11 pm.
We will reach Velas the turtle village by 5.30 ama and after getting fresh we will head to the beach for first sighting of turtle Hatching.
Pick Up Points as follows.
1. Noble Hospital - Near Magarpatta - At 11.00 pm
2. Yerwada - Gunjan Chowk - At 11.10 pm.
3. Shivajinagar - Near JM Food Corner at 11.20 pm.
4. University Circle - Infront of Chaturshrungi Police Station at 11.30 pm
5. Wakad near Indian Oil Petrol at 11.45 pm.
1. Dadar - at Dadar Circle - Near Shivneri Buses Stop at 11.00 pm
2. Chembur - Maitri Park at 11.15 pm
3. Vashi - At Vashi Plaza Signal at. 11.30 pm
4. Panvel - At Kalamboli near Mc Donald's at 11.45 pm
#PLEASE REACH 10 MINS BEFORE TIME AT RESPECTIVE DEPARTURE TIME AND PLACE.
After first session of hatching, we will come back to Homestay and later after breakfast we will be visiting Bankot Fort.
We will return back by 1 pm for delicious lunch - konkani special.
After lunch we will be having lots of fun activities like playing cards, antakshari and other activities or one can take rest in this happy and relaxing village.
At around 4 pm we would head towards Velas beach for second session of hatching and to witness beautiful sunset and one of the most cleanest beach.
We would having fun at beach with beach games and clicking amazing photographs.
After dinner at homestay we will be taking rest to get ready and all set for next day.
The last and third session which is optional will start on Sunday at 5.30 am.
After watching baby steps of turtles last time; we will return to Homestay back our bags and head to Harihareshwar by Jetty.
We will be visiting Harihareshwar temple and beach and explore the area and start return journey by 2pm towards Pune and Mumbai.
We will be reaching Pune back by 8 pm.
Noble Hospital - Near Magarpatta - At 11.00 pm
Yerwada - Gunjan Chowk - At 11.10 pm.
Shivajinagar - Near JM Food Corner at 11.20 pm.
University Circle - Infront of Chaturshrungi Police Station at 11.30 pmGoto Google Maps
Wakad near Indian Oil Petrol at 11.45 pm.Goto Google Maps
Dadar - at Dadar Circle - Near Shivneri Buses Stop at 11.00 pm
Chembur - Maitri Park at 11.15 pm
Vashi - At Vashi Plaza Signal at. 11.30 pm
Panvel - At Kalamboli near Mc Donald's at 11.45 pm
Along with ID proof and Screenshot/Email of booking confirmation
Swim Wear Clothes.
Food during transit.
Extra pair of Sandals - Recommended.
Extra Blanket as a backup in case of stay.
Fun Things :
Fun games like uno, jenga etc.
Some exciting things like guitar, mouth organ etc
General Things to carry :
Personal Medicines and Personal Hygiene Things.
Suncream, Cap and goggles.
Personal things if any.
Early Bird offer :
Book Before 7 Days from date of travel (Start of Trip) and get 200 off per person. (Rs. 100 discount + Rs. 100 as cashback*)
Group Discount :
Book for group of 5 or 5+ and get 200 off per person. (Rs. 100 discount + Rs. 100 as cashback*)
Book for group of 10 or 10+ and get 300 off per person. (Rs. 200 discount + Rs. 100 as cashback*)
Only one offer/discount applicable at a time.
Rs. 100 cashback can be used by same person with same booking for our future events valid till 1 Month from date of booking.
For Kids below 3 years - it's free. (We don't recommend for such small baby but still if parents wants to join; then entire responsiblity of that kid lies with parents.
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