Velas Turtle Hatching Festival

Velas, Maharashtra, India

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Witness the magic of baby turtles hatching and taking their first steps! 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, the turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. 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.


Turtle Hatching Malvan coast Serene beaches Harihareshwar temple Rustic village

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• Leave from Pune on Friday night @ 10.30 pm.

Olive Ridley Turtles Homestay Bankot Fort Velas Beach



Konkani House


• We will be reaching Velas eco-village by 6 am in the morning. After reaching, we will be moving towards the beach to see the hatchings. • If we are lucky we will see the hatching and then the baby turtles taking their first steps into the sea. • Post sightings we will be briefed by the experts about the turtles and their fight for survival. • Post the session, we will head back to the homestay to freshen up and have breakfast. • We will rest for a while and then leave to explore the village and the famous Bankot fort. Bankot gives a panoramic view of the Velas coast. • The rest of the day will be spent exploring, chilling, watching a great sunset and enjoying some lovely Konkan food.

Turtle Hatching Set Up
Bankot Fort
Velas : The Turtle Village
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Early Morning Sighting Harihareshwar Beach and Temple

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• Wake up early and head to the beach to catch another round of sightings. • Head back to the homestay, have breakfast and leave for Harihareshwar. • Harihareshwar is a pilgrim town on the Konkan coast, known for its tranquility and picturesque beaches. • We will visit the temple and go around the pradakshina route along the seashore which has a very beautiful view. • Post visiting the temple, we will head back to Pune. Trip concludes with happy memories :)

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Kokani Garden full of Kaju, Jackfruits and other plants
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1. Accommodation in a typical Konkani house or homestay basis. (Velas is an eco-tourism village and separate rooms/hotel accommodation is not available) 2. Transportation from Pune to Pune by Non/AC Bus. 3. All Veg Meals (2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner) with complimentary Modak and Sol Kadhi. 4. Sightseeing as per the schedule. 5. Expertise & Guide Charges. 6. All entry tickets and permissions.


1. Lunch on Day 3. 2. Anything other than mentioned above.


1. Camera 2. Flip flops 3. Sunglasses 4. Cap 5. Water 6. Personal Medicines 7. Odomos 8. Torch


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Pick up Points : 10:30 PM: Koregaon Park lane No. 6 in front of pizza hut. 10:40 PM: JM Corner (Beside COEP Hostel) 11:30 PM: Wakad

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