Motorbike tour to Velas

Maharashtra is blessed with 720 km long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come visit. However, the exact count and type are unknown. As from what is believed there is not a detailed study available. In the year 2000-01, it was found that a species of turtle, Olive Ridley is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill and the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what does turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.

Velas Turtle Festival Video

Why Velas?
Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220 km away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is that time of the year again - when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, its mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside it’s sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon- in this case, the sea. TreksandTrails, India invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists - each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6 hour drive from Mumbai.
Event Introduction and Summary:
Difficulty Level: Easy Level
Endurance Level: Low
Category: Biking
Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg food already arranged
Transport: Travel by same private vehicle for the entire tour,
Height of Bankot fort: 500 ft
Base Village: Velas
Taluka: Mandangad 
District: Ratnagiri
Region: Konkan
Route from Pune: Pune – Banner – Khopoli - Velas
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Panvel - Mahad - Loner phata - Velas
Distance from Mumbai: 220 km approx.
Distance from Pune: 195 km approx.
Total time required for climbing: None
Total distance for climbing: None
Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: 24
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
Duration: 2 days 1 Nights
Tour Cost Bike rider: Rs. 1200.00 per participant
Cost of Pillion rider: Rs 1200.00 per participant
Turtle Hatchling sighting cannot be guaranteed.
There is no support Vehicle for this tour.
A Motorbike rider should be over the age of 18 years.
What is in it for me!!!
Scenic beach of Velas, A probable sighting of Olive Ridley sea turtles, Bankot fort visit, Delicious Konkani food, home-stay in Velas village.
How do we plan to ride!!! Day-1:
Assemble at Kalamboli McDonalds at 06:30 am. Brief about the ride along with instruction and introduction. Start riding towards Velas. Breakfast halt on the way. Visit Bankot fort, Lunch in Velas. Overnight Home-stay at Velas village.
Early morning again visit Velas beach for Olive Ridley Turtles sighting. Post breakfast we start riding towards Harihareshwar via ferry boat. Lunch at Harihareshwar. Post lunch start riding towards Mumbai. We shall reach Mumbai at around 22:00 approx.
Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation in Home-stay on sharing basis dormitory on Saturday, Ferryboat charges.
Mineral water, Fuel & maintenance charges or any breakdown charges.
Water-sports at Harihareshwar, if any taxes, or anything other than above mention inclusions list.
Important - Things to carry:
Legal Bike Papers and Helmet, Balaclava 01 nos, Long pants
Round neck T-shirts, Windproof Jacket 01 nos.
Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
Raincoat / Poncho, Full Body Towel, Torch with spare batteries, 01 set
Full face helmet (ISI mark/DOT approved)
Gloves, Knee & elbow guards, riding jacket.
Helmets compulsory for pillion riders.
Documents needed: COMPULSORY
Permanent Valid Driver’s License, Valid Motor Vehicle Insurance
Current valid PUC Certificate, Bike Registration Smart Card/Book
Valid photo ID of Pillion: YES (Adhar Card / Driving licence)
Rules & Regulations:
Please notes it’s not a race, no competition between riders or other vehicles.
Ensure to overtake always from the right-hand side. No alcohol on consumption during this tour.
Things to carry for each bike rider.
Basic medical kit, basic repair tool kit for the motorbike
Drinking water 2L, extra pair of clothes (Optional)
Please ensure that your bike had the following Minimum Bike Condition:
Working headlights and tail lights. All four functioning Indicators. Both rear view mirrors.
Good tyre condition. Visible number plates.

Disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile:
It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees.
Wear good trekking shoes. Take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewellery etc. is prohibited. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.

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