Anjarle Turtle Festival is one of those unexplored destinations in Maharashtra. The trending travel trends in 2020 are more aligned with Environment-friendly tourism. People are more concerned about protecting mother Earth. They want to put less burden every time they travel. The young generation is now exploring options to go to the far off interior places of India.
Anjarle is a quiet village nestled in the beautiful Konkan region in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Anjarle Turtle Festival is an annual festival organized by NGOs like Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra and Kasav Mitra Mandal. The Anjarle beach here is a 2 Km long stretch of pristine white sand brimming with coconut trees. The festival celebrates the birth of baby Olive Ridley Turtles on the Anjarle Beach. The female Olive Ridley Turtle travels long distances to reach this picturesque beach in Anjarle village. Typically, hundreds of turtles visit the beach together in March and April. This mass gathering of turtles is to lay eggs. The eggs laid here have an incubation period of about 40 to 45 days. Once the incubation is done, the heavenly hatchlings come out and make their way back into the sea. Tourists from all corners of the country throng to Anjarle Beach to catch a glimpse of this amazing work of nature.
The Olive Ridley Turtle is next only to Kemp’s Ridley Turtle, the world’s smallest sea turtle. The Olive Ridley Turtle is a marvelous creature. These turtles weigh about 50 Kg and can grow up to 2 feet in length. They can lay about 100 eggs in one season. Many environmentalists believe that the Olive Ridley Turtle has a great memory. The female hatchlings that are born on this beach get matured, breed, and surprisingly return to this beach again to lay eggs. Sometimes they return even after 15 years. These days this magnificent creature is facing the risk of extinction as their eggs get eaten by other animals on the beach. The commendable efforts by the local villagers and several NGOs have turned out to be the only hope for them.
The Anjarle beach is about 250 Km from Mumbai and 200 Km from Pune. The most comfortable way to reach here is by car. You may choose to drive or book a cab. Treks and Trails arrange the AC bus for group departure from Mumbai and Pune. The place has fundamental amenities, but the helpful villagers compensate for that. It is possible to get a decent homestay here.
The mighty Suvarnadurga fort Located on a small island in the Arabian Sea. This ‘Golden Fort’ was once an essential center of the Great Maratha Empire. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj fortified the wall of this fort to boost their defense against the enemies.
A short ride away from Anjarle lies a small temple town, Dapoli. It packs numerous revered and rare temples. The famous Kadyavarcha Ganpati temple, Durga Devi temple, and Keshavraj and Vyaghreshwar temples are a must-visit. The unexplored and untouched beauty of Anjarle is mesmerizing. The sight of baby turtles popping out from the eggs and slowly crawling back to the sea is rare and magical. It is highly recommended to plan a visit here with friends and family.