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.
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.
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.
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.
Deccan > Nal Stop > Chandani Chauk > Tamhini-Mangaon > Velas (Base)
22:00 – Deccan
22:15 – Nal Stop
22:30 – Chandani Chauk
Thanks, Vishal and Pankaj for the amazing and unique experience for me and my family!!
Keep up the good work!
All the best!
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.
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 😊👍🏻
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…!!