Velas Turtle Festival – Eco Tour

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2D / 2N
Availability : N/A
Min Age : 4+
Max People : 20

Highlights

  • Sighting “Olive Ridley Turtles” at Velas eco-beach
  • 3 turtle egg hatching sessionsLearn about turtle conservation
  • Delightful the Konkani homestay
  • Delicious & authentic Konkani cuisine
  • Jetty ferry boat rideVesavi to Bagmandale ferry boat
  • Visit historical Bankot fortThe guardian of Savitri creek & Velas beach

Key Info.

Mandangad

Ratnagiri District

Velas

Eco-Village

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Eggs Hatching Sessions

Mar-Apr

Best Season
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Welcomes to all the nature lovers for this year’s Velas Turtle Festival tour, as we take you on a truly unforgettable journey where you will witness these exquisite creatures taking tiny footsteps in the vast, white sands of the Konkan coast. This is the best time to visit Velas to experience the breeding of turtles at the “Velas Turtle Festival” is March to May.

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.

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Velas Eco-Village

Tal.-Mandangad, Dist.-Ratnagiri

Velas is an ecological village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas Beach is famous for its beaches which are one of the best-preserved in nature. Venus is one of the most popular breeding grounds for the Olive Ridley Turtle. Velas Beach is home to 40% of the sea turtle nests along the coast of Maharashtra. Not only is it home to turtles, but it is also home to numerous bird species, including the white-bellied sea eagle, the white-backed vulture, and the Indian Swiftlet.

In addition to Velas Beach, Velas has many other tourist attractions including the historic Bankot Fort, Harihareshwar Temple.

Staying in a local homestay will really add a warm touch to the experience. It gives you a home away from home experience.

#1To Be Remembered in Velas

• Turtle sighting is a natural phenomenon and is a matter of luck.

The tour dates have been planned after precise calculation of probable hatching dates and as per the information provided by researchers & volunteers at Velas however, turtle sightings are a natural phenomenon and are a matter of luck.

Considering safety and security measures, it is strictly not permitted to swim at Velas beach.

Moreover, we expect our travellers to take this a complete ecotourism experience, enjoy & explore every bit of the tour and think beyond “just sightings”. There is a lot to enjoy on this short tour so let’s be travellers, not tourists.

As it is totally eco-tour, we provide accommodation on a homestay-sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in local spices by our hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.

#2Eco-Tourism & Awareness

Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there is something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtles.

An NGO named “Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra” started the conservation and now the gram-panchayat and villager’s committee has taken over the responsibility to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs.

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Bankot Fort

The Guardian of Savitri Creek & Velas Beach

Bankot Fort is an ancient fort situated at Bankot village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Overlooking Bankot Creek is one of the historical forts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Also known as Himmatgad, the Bankot Fort is situated at the highest point on the junction where river Savitri meets the sea. It is believed to have been established with the motive of guarding the trade route which ran along the Savitri River. As it is located atop a small hill, the fort provides its visitors with a commanding view of the nearby settlement and the sea.

#1Read more

Bankot Fort is a square-shaped fort surrounded by moats dug up in the red laterite. The main entrance faces north and is decorated with stone carvings. Near the entrance are vestibules for gatekeepers. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there are an underground store and a tunnel on the right. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the center of this bastion earlier. There is a secret entrance near this bastion. The fort’s protective fortifications and bastions have been preserved to date. There is a Ganeshpatti of Lord Ganesh on the main entrance. One can also see a graveyard lying in the outer regions of the fort. The graves comprised of vertical pillars as headstones and marble inscriptions.

#2History of Bankot Fort

In the first century, a Greek philosopher named Ptolemy had mentioned this fort as ‘Mangir’. The Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang is supposed to have embarked in Bankot in 640 AD. It is said that the fort was captured by the Portuguese from Adilshah in 1548 and was later acquired by Maratha Koli Admiral Kanhoji Angre in 1700 and named Himmatgad. British forces captured the fort in 1756 and named it Fort Victoria. Bankot was the first residency of the British Raj in Southern Konkan.

Day Wise

Itinerary

Day 0Night Travelling

22:00
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

22:30
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.

Day 12 Hatching Sessions at Velas Beach

• Arrive in Velas Eco-village early this morning. Welcome to our beloved homestay. Heading to Velas beach in the morning & evening for egg hatching sessions. Learn about turtle conservation from your guide.

• Spend some time at home. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. Also, witness the beautiful sunset from Velas beach.

• Enjoy authentic and delicious Konkani-style dining at Velas.


Day 1: Highlights

• Accommodation: Local Homestay
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Hatching Session & Bankot Fort Visit

Today is the third and final season of egg hatching in our tour. We are visiting “Bankot Fort”. It is historically important and protective of “Savitri Creek”. Our tour concludes with lunch. After saying goodbye to our family here, we left for Pune with all the good memories.

20:00
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀


Day 2: Highlights

• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

Fri, 25 Mar 2022, 22:00 hrs.

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Nal Stop > Chandani Chauk > Tamhini-Mangaon > Velas (Base)

22:00 – Deccan
22:15 – Nal Stop
22:30 – Chandani Chauk

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.
Arrival

Sun, 27 Mar 2022, 20:00 hrs.

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.

Inclusion

  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • Velas Beach Entry Tickets
  • 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 DinnerServed veg./non veg. meals
  • Konkani Homestay AccommodationSeparate Hall for Male & Female
  • Ferry Boat RideVesavi to Bagmandale Jetty
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • Tour Manager ServiceEx. Pune

Exclusion

  • Day 2 - Dinner
  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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Sayali Bhase

Family Traveller

Thanks, Vishal and Pankaj for the amazing and unique experience for me and my family!!

Keep up the good work!
All the best!

28-Mar-2022

Vishvas Trikutkar

Family Traveller

It was really a great weekend spent with you guys!

It’s very difficult to adjust back to this crowd polluted environment after coming back from a Peaceful and clean Village. But this is the reality 😭

Hope we will go back again together to the same or another place like this.

28-Mar-2022

Keerti Sachdeo

Family Traveller

Indeed! we are also watching the memories captured over and over again.. it was sublime esp after lockdown, this being the first group trip for us

Thank you Vishal and Pankaj for arranging this so well
And thanks Vishvas for introducing us to SG Trekkers 😊👍🏻

28-Mar-2022

Pranay Deshmukh

Family Traveller

शंख शिंपले नी वाळू मधुन किनाऱ्यावर शोधुनी आपली वाट,
ज्यांना हवी हवीशी वाटे त्या विशाल समुद्राची ती एक लाट,
ज्यांचा संवर्धनाचा घातलाय ह्या वेळासच्या गावकर्यानी सुरेख घाट,
त्या कासवांच्या पिल्लांचा हा गोड आणि निरागस थाट…!!

28-Mar-2022
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