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Velas Turtle festival

Fri, 3 Apr 11:00PM - Sun, 5 Apr 8:00PM
Dadar East Railway Station , mumbai south
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Join us to witness the extremely delightful phenomenon of hatching of olive ridley turtles at the beautiful and serene beach of Velas.

A little over 5.5 hours drive from Mumbai, Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri district, where every year the Olive Ridley turtle population visits to lay eggs. Velas Turtle Festival is a famous ecotourism festival that helps in the conservation of endangered species. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra started the conservation and now the Regional Forest Officers (RFO), Velas Grampanchayat and villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs. The nature lover in you will love the idea of attending the Velas Turtle Festival.


  • Witness baby turtles taking their first steps.
  • Experience the Konkani culture and enjoy mouth-watering Konkani food.
  • Explore the Bankot Fort and Harihareshwar beach.
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Day 0:

  • We start our trip from Mumbai/Pune at 11:00 pm.
  • We then head towards Velas while making the designated stops for pickups along the way.

Day 1:

  • On reaching Velas (approximately 5:30 am), we freshen up and head to the beach for the first sighting.
  • After the first session, we return to the homestay for breakfast. 
  • After breakfast, we proceed to explore Bankot Fort.
  • We will return in time for a delicious Konkani lunch.
  • After lunch, we will be having lots of fun activities like playing cards, antakshari, and other activities or one can take rest in this happy and relaxing village.
  • At around 4:00 pm we would head towards Velas beach for the second session of hatching and to witness the beautiful sunset at one of the cleanest beaches - a perfect setting to awaken the photographer in you. 
  • After dinner at the homestay, we will be taking rest to get ready for the next day.

Day 2:

  • We start the day with the last session of sighting of baby turtles.
  • On our return, we finish breakfast and then pack our bags and head to Harihareshwar. 
  • We will be visiting the Harihareshwar temple and beach. 
  • We then start our return journey by 2:00 pm towards Pune and Mumbai.


  • Transport from Mumbai/Pune to Velas and back by non-ac vehicle
  • Day 1 - breakfast, lunch, and dinner (veg only)
  • Day 2 - breakfast (veg only)
  • Homestay accommodation on sharing basis
  • Entry fees 
  • Jetty ride and charges


  • Camera charges
  • Day 2 - lunch
  • Any personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

Additional Information
  • This is a fixed departure trip.
  • Please carry valid ID proof.
  • We recommend carrying dry food, drinking water, personal medicines, swimwear, extra footwear (preferably sandals), camera, insect repellent, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, etc. 
  • Pickup would only be arranged from Dadar, Chembur, Vashi, Panvel at Mumbai and Noble Hospital, Yerwada, Shivajinagar, University Circle, Wakad at Pune.
  • The vehicle will be arranged as per group size (car, tempo traveller or bus).
  • The exact pickup points and the route will be shared 48 hours before the start of the trip.
  • Please ensure that you reach the pickup point before the reporting time shared. No refund requests would be considered if you miss the vehicle for any reason.
  • Velas is Eco Village, hence there are no hotels. Accommodation will be at homestays.
  • The hatching of the eggs is a natural phenomenon. Even though the sighting of hatchlings is very common during the Velas Turtle Festival, we cannot guarantee the sighting. We will be visiting the hatching area 3 times to ensure the maximum probability of witnessing the first steps of baby turtles.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations and Refunds
  • Full refund if cancelled before 7 days. Refund requests after that would be considered on a case-to-case basis if we can find someone to fill your seat. 

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Dadar East Railway Station Rail View, Lokmanya Tilak Colony, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400014, India
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