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Velas Turtle Festival - With bhatakna

Fri, 10 Apr 10:00PM - Sun, 12 Apr 9:00PM + more dates
Velas Turtle Festival
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Maharashtra is blessed with 720 kms long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come to 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.

The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6-hour drive from Mumbai.


  • Baby Olive Ridley turtles
  • Typical village life on a calm sea beach
  • A refreshing surrounding
  • Bankot Fort
  • Ferry Ride
  • Konkani Food 
  • Harihareshwar Temple

Kindly Note:

  • Traveling by Non-A/C Tempo traveler or bus with Pick up and Drop Bus Timings Are Shared Below For Convenience.
  • Hatching is the natural process. Organizers won't be responsible for no hatching or less number. The event is fixed as per post discussion with local only.
  • The maximum batch size is 30 first come first basis.

Travel Schedule

Well, Be Boarding Non-A/C Bus From Our Nearest Pick-Up Point.

Meeting Point: Pritam Dhaba Dadar (E)

  • 10:00 pm -Pritam Dhaba Dadar (E).
  • 10:25 pm - K Star Mall, Chembur.
  • 10:45 pm - Vashi Plasa, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
  • 11:15 pm - McDonald's, Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai.

Tour Itinerary 

Day-0 Friday

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

Overnight journey to velas, rest in the bus will take a small halt for tea and Freshen Up in route

Day-1 Saturday

Reach Velas Village by Early morning by

  • 05.30 am:- Unload Ur backpacks freshen-up breakfast/Tea & quick freshen up. 
  • 07.00 am:- to witness little turtle taking their first step towards sea, sighting and photo session move toward typical kokani type village with Lil rest and time for leisure.
  • 11:30 am:- proceed to Bankoat fort which is well known for its history and breathtaking view of Velas beach and Harihareshwar Temple. Explore surrounding and photos
  • 01:00 pm - have Yummy Home food Lunchtime
  • 03:00 pm - explore the areas around Velas.
  • 06:00 pm - Velas Beach for the release of turtles. Fun at the beach.
  • 07:30 pm - Informative Documentary on Olive Ridley Turtle.
  • 08:30 pm - Dinner. Overnight stay in Velas, fun, games and some rest for sure.

Day-2 Sunday

  • 06:00 am - Wake Up call Get Refresh & Leave for n Velas Beach last sighting Olive Ridley Turtle.
  • 08:30 am - Come back to Homestay & have Breakfast followed by some leisure time to explore the village
  • 10:00 am - Head to Harihareshwar beach via the Ferryboat Visit Temple.
  • 01:00 pm - Have Lunch And continue our journey towards Mumbai.
  • 09:00 pm - Adios! Back to the Mumbai city life. Until next time, Bhatakna


  • Travel from Dadar to Dadar by Private Non AC Bus
  • Typical Konkani Meals on tour Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Day 1
    Breakfast and Lunch - Day 2
  • Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary
  • Dormitory Accommodation
  • Ferryboat Charges
  • Bhatakna Expertise and Guide Charges


  • Personal Expenses/ Meal orders/ Camera charges
  • Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
  • Anything which is not mention in inclusion
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any Travel Insurance / Medical Emergency evacuations if required.
  • Extra Water sports activity if any

Things to Carry:

  • ID Card
  • Good Grip shoes
  • Chappal or flutters 
  • Drinking-Water min. 1/2 ltr
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Extra pair of clothes *compulsory*
  • Bag or haversack
  • Ready eat food like plum cake, Biscuit, fruits
  • Glucon-D or electrolyte *compulsory*
  • Personal Medicine if any.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations prior to 30days from the start of the tour 90% refund.
  • Cancellation before 15 days to the start of the tour 50% refund.
  • Cancellation a week to the start of the tour No refund.
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Velas Turtle Festival Velas, Ratnagiri, Velas, Maharashtra 415208, India
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