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.

Velas Turtle Festival Cost:

  • Rs 2999 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 2022

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 Available on request
Dates and Rates
date & duration price
  • Sorry no more departures available. You could get in touch with us at highfive@treksandtrails.org if you'd like to make a booking.
  • 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.
    Frequently Asked Questions

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

     Currently we are only conducting group event and due to heavy rush on weekends, we can only offer dormitory homestay at Velas Village. Velas Turtle Festival Homestay, Our homestay are dormitory with large halls. We have separate rooms available for Men and Women..

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

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

    3. Food at Velas Village Homestay Food?                                                                                                                   

     We provide local cooked veg food at our homestay. 

    4. Are toilet available and bathing facility?                                                                                                           

     Bathing Facility is available, Hot Water Facility is not available. Toilets are eastern commode

    5. Velas Village mobile connectivity?                                                                                                                     

    Range is available few spots near the village, Idea sim cards have good range. There is load Shedding. Carry  power  bank electricity is not available for some periods due to load shedding at Velas Village 

    6. What are the things to do there?                                                                                                                               

    Some fun things to do during Kasav Festival Velas Village, Bird Watching, Fireflies Velas Village, Bankot Fort, Taking part in Turtle Festival Velas Village, Night walk around the coast road, Relaxing by the beach and watching sunrise and sunset 

    7. Velas Turtle Festival or Velas Kasav Jatra timing?

    •  Starts early morning 6.30 am at Velas Beach
    •  Sarts evening 5.30 pm at Velas Beach

    8. Will Harihareshwar Temple and Harihareshwar Beach will 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 with approx dates of Baby Turtle Hatching.