Overview/Itinerary

Experience the joy of Velas' Kasav Utsav in 2023!

Maharashtra is blessed with a 720 km long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also the Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come to 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 Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what do turtles eat, and what a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, a tortoise and a terrapin.

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Why Velas Turtle Festival?

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 heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside its a 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.

Kindly Note

  • Travelling by A/C Bus
  • Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed.
  • The maximum batch size is 30 travellers on a first come first basis.
  • Pick up and Drop at centralized locations only.

Turtle Festival Velas Cost:

  • Rs 3499/- per person (5 Years and above)

Event Details

  • Travelling by A/C Bus
  • Event Type: Tour
  • Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg food already arranged
  • Transport: Travel by the same private vehicle for the entire tour
  • Height of Bankot fort: 500 feet
  • Base Village: Velas
  • Taluka: Mandangad 
  • District: Ratnagiri
  • Region: Konkan
  • Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Panvel - Mahad - Loner phata - Velas
  • Distance from Mumbai: 220 km approx.
  • Total time required for climbing Bankot Fort: None
  • Total distance for climbing: None
  • Parking available: yes

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Itinerary for Velas Turtle Festival 2023

Day Zero - Friday Night

Meeting at Pritam Dhaba Dadar East 20:40 (Travelling by A/C Bus)

  1. Departure from Pritam Dhaba: 21:00
  2. Chembur Diamond garden pickup: 21.30
  3. Vashi below main bridge pickup at 22.15
  4. Pickup at Kalamboli near Mc Donald`s 23.00

Day One: Saturday

06:00 Early morning arrival at Velas Village quickly freshen up at visit the Velas Conversation centre at the beach. 

07:00 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting

08:30 Breakfast at Velas Beach Homestay

10:30 Visit to Bankot fort also known as Himmatgad Fort / Harihareshwar Fort.

13:00 Lunch & Rest

17:00 Visit to the beach for turtle sightings

20:00 Dinner and walk around the coastal road with the sound of sea waves and the beautiful night sky. 

Day Two: Sunday

06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting.

08:00 Early Breakfast

09:30 Depart for Harihareshwar temple from Velas village

11:00 We will cross the Bankot creek, Savitri River in a boat with the Bus from Veshvi Jungle Jetty to Bagmandala jetty

13:00 Lunch (Veg) 

14:30 Departure for Mumbai from Harihareshwar temple

23:00 Approx. arrival at Dadar – Mumbai.

2 Nights 2 Days 03 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, and more
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Travel by AC Bus (with transport option)
  • Accommodation in a typical Konkani homestay - Dormitory.
  • Day 1: 1 veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 Veg Dinner
  • Day 2: 1 Veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch
  • Sightseeing as per the schedule
  • Expertise, guide charges and TreksandTrails, India administration charges if any.
  • Ferryboat charges (with transport option)
  • All entry tickets and permissions. Provision of primary first aid only.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Non-Veg Food
  • Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
  • Mineral water and any other item not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Any kind of personal expenses (Camera fees, entry fees, etc.)
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • Water Bottles (2-3 Litres)
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Extra pair of clothes & towel
  • Trekking shoes for trekking
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, etc.)
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • Sun cap and Sunscreen
  • DRY bag for your garbage
  • 2-3 bunch of papers (Optional)
  • Identity proof

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer about Velas beach turtle festival 2023

 

1. Can we get a separate room or family rooms at Velas Turtle Festival Homestay?                                               

At the moment, we only do group events, and because there are so many people on weekends, Velas Village can only offer dormitory homestays. Velas Turtle Festival Homestay, Our homestays are dormitories with large halls. We have separate rooms available for men and women.

2. Where can I find olive ridley turtles on the Konkan coast?

Olive Ridley turtles can be found at many beaches along the Konkan coast, a few of which are mentioned here. Guhagar Beach, Harihar Beach, Velas Beach, Anjarle Beach, and Wayangani Beach, Vengurla Some of the best beaches on the Konkan coast are nearby: Diveghar Beach, Shirvardhan Beach, Harihareshwar Beach, Kelshi Beach, Anjarle Beach, Karde Beach, Harney Beach, and Ladheghar Beach. Due to our limited time on tour, we will be covering only Harihareshwar Beach and Velas Beach.

Velas Turtle Festival

3. What kind of food is served at Velas Village Homestay Food?

 We provide local cooked veg food at our homestay. 

4. Are there toilets and bathing facilities?

There is a bathing facility, but there is no hot water.Toilets are eastern commodes.

5. Velas Village mobile connectivity?                                                                                                                     

There is a range available. In a few spots near the village, Idea sim cards have good range. There is load shedding. Because of load shedding, there isn't always electricity in Velas Village, so bring a power bank.

6. What are the things to do there?                                                                                                                               

Some enjoyable activities in Velas Village during the Kasav Festival Bird Watching, Fireflies, Velas Village, Bankot Fort, taking part in the Turtle Festival at Velas Village, a nighttime stroll along the coast road, Relaxing by the beach and watching the sunrise and sunset

Velas Turtle Festival

7. Velas Turtle Festival or Velas Kasav Jatra timing?

  • Beginning at 6.30 a.m. at Velas Beach
  • Velas Beach in the evening at 5.30 p.m.

8. Will the Harihareshwar Temple and Beach be visited?

Harihareshwar Temple and Harihareshwar Beach will be visited on Sunday 

9. What are the dates for the festival?          

Velas Turtle Festival dates are released after locals handling conservation inform us of the approximate dates of baby turtle hatching.

10. Can we see the images of the Velas turtle festival for 2023?

We have added our latest tour images in the photo gallery available around the top right corner. Velas turtle festival celebration, Harihareshwar beach, Bankot fort and many more pictures are general in the gallery. 

11. Do you offer a Shrivardhan beach visit on your Velas Sea Turtle tour? 

Sorry, due to limited time availability, we cannot visit Shrivardhan beach during or Velas Turtle Tour. 

 

Velas Turtle Festival

12. Can we see the images of the Konkan Velas turtle festival for 2023?

We have added our latest tour images in the photo gallery available around the top right corner. Velas turtle festival photos, Harihareshwar beach, Bankot fort and many more pictures are general in the gallery. 

13.: Does Harihareshwar have a turtle conservation site? 

Yes, Harihareshwar has also started a promising turtle festival. However, it has not become trendy yet. This is your chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime olive ridley turtle festival at Harihareshwar, help with wildlife conservation, and support the locals with Agro tourism. 

An uninhabited, virgin beach that still has a beautiful natural, laid back vibe. Harihareshwar is also a turtle conservation site meaning you'll be able to help save the world at the same time!

14. Is swimming allowed at Velas Beach?

Tourists visit Velas for beautiful beaches and some of the most diverse wildlife in Maharashtra. Not just turtles - you'll also find dolphins, fireflies, butterflies and crabs inhabiting our shores!

Swimming is not allowed on the calm sea beach. The pristine beaches invite tourists though the newly released baby turtles usually hang around the Velas beach lines, and there are chances of stepping on them. The strong sea currents make it one of the dangerous beaches for swimming. 

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15. Velas Turtle festival dates from Pune for April 2023?

Experience the best of Maharashtra; The Velas Turtle Festival 2023 from Pune is the perfect escape for those who want to enjoy the beauty of beach life, wildlife, heritage and more!

Velas Turtle Festival 2023 dates from Pune are available on weekends of April. The trip starts Friday night and ends in Pune on Sunday night.   

A breathtaking experience, With a spectacular coastline, where the deep blue Arabian Sea meets the golden sands of the Harihareshwar beach, this is one festival you don't want to miss.

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16. How to complete Velas Turtle Festival booking?

Velas is a small coastal village in Konkan, attracting tourists for its stunning beaches, baby turtle conservation project and the beautiful Harihareshwar beach. If you have any questions, kindly chat with us. The cost includes Velas Turtle Festival entry fees of Rs 100 per head. 

You can click on the book now button to register for the tour. For information regarding the Velas turtle festival contact number are 8828004949.   

17. Can we book for Velas beach turtle festival 2023 dates in advance?

Yes, we accept booking in advance due to increased rush after covid19. Velas beach homestay has minimal capacity. They try to accommodate most tourists who visit the village as there is no Velas agar beach resort.    

18. How is the Velas beach weather? 

Velas has a warm climate with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 40 degrees Celcius. The weather is humid and hot during the summer, February to April. Velas beach temperature at night is more relaxed. It's always breezy in this part of Konkan, making it great to walk on the beach or take long walks on the coastline.

 

Read the blogs about the Velas Turtle Festival

https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/velas-turtle-festival-blog-adya/ 

https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/velas-turtle-festival-blog-full-dhamal-masti/ 

https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/velas-turtle-festival-2014-blog/ 

https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/off-to-velas-beach-by-kartik-krishnamoorthy/ 

https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/velas-turtle-festival-blog-by-renuka-nair/

 

 

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