Overview: Place: Velas, Ratnagiri Type of tour: Eco-Tourism Duration: 1 night, 2 days Kid-Friendly
Velas Turtle Festival is a famous ecotourism festival that helps in the conservation of endangered olive ridley turtles at Velas beach in Ratnagiri.
Velas is a small eco-village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas beach is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form.
Velas accounts for 40% of sea turtles nests along Maharashtras coast. Besides Velas beach, here are several other tourist attractions at Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple.
At Velas, the turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villager's committee has taken the initiative to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs. 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.
Itinerary of the event:
Day 0: -Meeting Point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East 09.15 pm Pickup Point Dadar 10.15 pm Chembur 10.35 pm Vashi 11.00 pm
Day 1: -Reach Velas by 05.00 am -Get fresh, Visit Velas Beach at 6 am for Turtle Festival -Return to the Villager House Breakfast -Start for Bankot Fort (15 Minutes Trek) -Explore Bankot fort -Return to Velas by 1 pm -Lunch at Velas (Veg Konkani Food) -Visit Velas beach for Turtle - Festival in the evening at 5 pm, -Fun time at Velas beach -Followed by Dinner -Post Dinner, a Night walk Retire for the day
Day 2: -Wake up at 5.30 am -Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival in Morning at 6 am. -Have breakfast and Start for Harihareshwar Temple and Beach by Ferry -Lunch at Harihareshwar -Post Lunch, Start our return journey by 3 pm Evening refreshment on the way Reach SGNP by 10:30 - 11 pm
**(All timings are tentative)**
Cost of Non-Veg Food will be divided among those who will eat (approx. 200-400/- each meal)
Things to Carry: -Identity proof (Must), -Water (At least 2 Ltrs), -TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory). -Towel, -a napkin, -Extra Pair of clothes, -Camera (Optional), -personal toiletries, etc. -Medicine those if u require usually (Optional), -Good shoes, extra pair of socks.
Inclusions: Travelling from Borivali to Borivali by Private AC BUS, Food Expenses, Accommodation Charges. (Home Stay type Accommodation will be provided) Turtle Festival and Velas Beach Entry Charges mineral water one bottle
Exclusions: -Any personal expenses. -insurance of any kind. -medical hospitalization, evacuation, and related expenses. Any item not covered under "inclusions"
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Cancellation within 12 hours of payment, 90% refundable(not applicable before 48 hours of the event) Cancellation before 15 days of the event, 80% refundable Cancellation before 8 days of the event, 40% refundable Cancellation before 5 days of the event, 25% refundable Cancellation before 2 days of the event, 15% refundable Above and after no refund.