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Velas Turtle Festival from Pune

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Fri, 10 Apr 11:00PM - Sun, 12 Apr
Velas Turtle Festival
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Velas Turtle Festival

Maharashtra is blessed with a 720 km 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 do turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.

Why Velas Turtle Festival?

Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 km 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. TreksandTrails, India invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists - each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6-hour drive from Pune.

Kindly Note

  • Traveling by A/C Bus
  • Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed.
  • Maximum batch size is 30 travelers on a first come first basis.
  • Pick up and Drop at centralized locations only.

Event Details

  • Travelling by A/C Bus
  • Event Type: Tour
  • Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg food already arranged
  • Transport: Travel by the same private vehicle for the entire tour
  • Height of Bankot fort: 500 ft.
  • Base Village: Velas
  • Taluka: Mandangad 
  • District: Ratnagiri
  • Region: Konkan
  • Route from Pune: Pune Banner Khopoli - Velas
  • Distance from Pune: 195 km approx.
  • Total time required for climbing Bankot Fort: None
  • Total distance for climbing: None
  • Parking available: yes
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Event Itinerary

Event Itinerary

Day 0: Friday Night

22:45 Meeting at State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar branch (Travelling by A/C Bus).

23:00 Departure from State Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar.

23:15 Pickup at McDonald's, Deccan.

23:35 Pickup at Chandani Chowk.

Day: 1 Saturday

05:00 Early morning arrival at Velas Village.

06:00 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting.

08:00 Breakfast.

10:30 Visit to Bankot fort.

13:00 Lunch & Rest.

17:00 Visit to the beach for turtle sightings.

20:00 Dinner and rest.

Day 2: Sunday

06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting.

08:00 Breakfast.

10:30 Depart for Harihareshwar temple from Velas village.

13:00 Lunch. (by your own)

14:30 Departure for Pune from Harihareshwar temple.

23:00 Approx. arrival at Shivajinagar Pune.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

Inclusion & Exclusion

Cost Include:

  • Travel by AC Bus
  • Accommodation in a typical Konkani homestay - Dormitory.
  • Day 1: 1 veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 Veg Dinner
  • Day 2: 1 Veg breakfast
  • Sightseeing as per the schedule
  • Expertise, guide charges, and TreksandTrails, India administration charges if any.
  • Ferryboat charges. All entry tickets and permissions. Provision of primary first aid only.

Cost Exclude:

  • Non-Veg Food
  • Lunch on Day 2
  • Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
  • Mineral water and any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Any kind of personal expenses (Camera fees, entry fees, etc.)
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.\
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Things to Carry

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
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
  • 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.
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Velas Turtle Festival Velas, Ratnagiri, Velas, Maharashtra 415208, India
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