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Velas turtle festival

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:00PM - Sun, 1 Apr 2018 1:00PM
Rs 2900
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  • Visit Velas beach to witness the wonderful Life of Tiny Turtles
  • Visit Bankot Fort
  • Breathtaking view of Velas beach and Harihareshwar Temple
Outdoors / Open Air
Transportation Avaliable : Yes
Tour Duration : 2 days, 2 nights
Venue Type : Homestay



Turtles coming out from eggs is the natural phenomenon, which is not in our hands to control. Sometimes sightings of the baby turtle are not possible due to fewer eggs of the season or there might be some other reason. But as an Organizer, we try hard from our end to cover multiple sessions and after all its luck. And yes, we would like to mention that last year our all batch participants were able to see baby turtles.

Type: Eco-Tour


Day 0: Friday

  • 11:00 pm: Start Journey towards Velas from Dadar

Day 1: Saturday

  • 05:30 am: Reach Velas village and get ready to visit Velas beach to witness the wonderful Life of Tiny Turtles. Briefing session about the Olive Ridley Turtle.
  • 07:30 am: Move towards our accommodation which is a typical Konkani house. Freshen Up and unload your bag packs. Have homely breakfast and introduction session.
  • 11:00 am: Proceed to visit Bankot Fort which is well known for its history and breathtaking view of Velas beach and Harihareshwar Temple.
  • 01:00 pm: Lunch and rest until evening
  • 05:30 pm: Get ready to visit Velas beach by evening looking for more sightings of olive ridley turtle hatching.
  • 07:30 pm: Documentary based on Journey of turtles.
  • 09:00 pm: Dinner and fun activities.

Day 2: Sunday

  • 06:00 am: Wake up and Sighting those baby turtles again
  • 07:30 am: Breakfast and leave for Harihareshwar. Experience one of the interesting part of the trip where our bus will be transferred from one district to another in a jetty via sea route.
  • 11:00 am: Visit Harihareswar Temple and Lunch.
  • 01:00 pm: Return Journey towards Mumbai.
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Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Travelling from Mumbai to Mumbai by non-A/c luxury bus
  • Accommodation in beautiful home stays of Velas Village
  • 2 Breakfasts, tea & 1 Snacks
  • 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Jetty charges
  • Expertise charge and first aid


  • Any medical emergency occurred during the program
  • Anything other than inclusions
  • GST (5%)

Things to Carry

Things to Carry
  • Extra clothes/towel
  • At least 2 liters of drinking water.
  • Photo ID card
  • Some ready to eat food (plum cakes, biscuits).
  • Electoral/Tang powder/Glucose-D/salt.
  • Cap, camera, mobiles phones, socks,(if required).
  • Any personal medicine.


  • Tour Leader's decision will be final and binding.
  • Small Steps Adventures reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
  • Telephonic confirmation for booking is mandatory; if unable to contact us then send a text message and we will call you back.
  • Please do not carry heavy bags on eco-tour.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelry, etc. If carried, then we do not take any liability for the same.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
  • If cancellation is done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
  • If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded.
  • After that, no refund will be provided.

Map & Directions

Map & Directions
Velas,Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Organizer Reviews 3.9 (20)
Reviews for Organizer 3.9
Really loved this trek.. while going in , the uphill task is a little daunting.

The woods are real thick at some places and ambiance is quite refreshing.

The climb is difficult at some places as there are not well constructed steps.

However, some parts up the fort are steep and takes a challenging climb.

The paths are streams of either bogs or mossy rocks -- each having their own fun hazards.

But that is what keeps the trek natural and exciting.

There are pretty white crabs in the stream-paths -- very interesting.

The trip to top was awesome.

The strong breeze blowing at the top quickly dries off the sweat from the climb too.

This was the week of onslaught of the monsoon, so it was amazing warm monsoon rain and as we got closer there was also mist and fog.

It was green and wet all over.

The view of the surrounding countryside from the top is simply breathtaking. Well worth the climb up.

The fort is in ruins and makes a beautiful place for pictures..

The greenery just added to the awesomeness. the view from top is gorgeous..

There is nothing much to see atop the fort except some water cisterns and the thumbs up point.

The shape of the hill-top is fascinating. It replicates your mood giving you a thumbs up when you finish a couple of tough climbs,

but also taking the opportunity of showing a ""up yours"" when you're struggling.

From the top you can really appreciate the control this fort would have given the incumbent in seasons like this.

Really loved the time spent on top.

There is nothing much to see at the top of the fort except the surroundings.

However, we were treated to a spectacular view from the top.

It indeed feels great once we have reached the top.

But the moment we reached the top, clouds began moving in and all of a sudden it just started pouring..

The sudden change was indeed welcome.

But due to the rains, the path down had become super slippery..

Coming down was difficult in the bad patches due to steepness of the rocky roads.

My research had dismissed the climb as an ""easy"" one: I can attest that in the monsoon rain and fog it is definitely close to the top rating on difficulty.

But this shouldn't daunt you since you're likely to be surrounded

by singing dancing dare-devil fellow trekkers in this season.

There is a small bird sanctuary just at the base.

We were treated to the sights of peacocks and a few little rabbits.

All is well that ends well. It was worth the while, and the victory of surmounting the difficult is always sweet.

Overall Experience was amazing...Simply wow... cannot get over with the great experience...totally spellbound by the beauty of the place...

never felt so close to nature especially after the concrete jungle that is Mumbai

The initial climb is a tough one, the middle is a ridge -- a reward with great views.

The climb is steep but on the bright side very short ( barely 3 kms).

However I feel that this trek does offer a great break from busy and polluted citylife.

In conclusion, trekking up Karnala is a fun and enriching experience.

Thanks to SSA for this beautiful memorable experience... Team leaders were very polite and helpful...The food was provided just like ghar ka khana... Fellow trekkers were so good and friendly... really enjoyed...Once again Thank you SSA....
- by PRERANA JAGANNATH BHATADE for One Day Trek to Karnala Fort organized by Small Steps Adventures .

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