Experience the joy of Velas' Kasav Mahotsav in 2024!

Maharashtra is blessed with a 720 kilometres long coastline and is shared with Konkan, Thane, Ratnagiri also Sindhudurg districts. Many marine creatures come to visit. However, the exact count and type are unknown from what is believed, and there is no 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. Much other information is already available online, like what turtles eat and how a turtle looks—the difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.

After the success of the Velas turtle conservation project, many villages in Maharashtra have started the same model and hosting the Turtle festival in India at different locations. It helps with seasonal tourism income and also helps increase turtle numbers in the sea. 


Why Velas Turtle Festival Maharashtra? 

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 its mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach under cover of darkness. 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. 

Treks and Trails, India invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea, which draws oohs and aahs from tourists - each 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 six to seven-hour drive from Mumbai. Olive Ridley turtles' conservation trends and knowledge have spread to nearby villages that have also started similar Velas Kasav Mahotsav. Velas turtle festival best time to visit is from February to April to see the baby turtles being released at the Velas beach. 


Velas Turtle Festival 2024 from Pune Itinerary and event details  - Please Click here 


Velas Homestay Pictures


Velas Turtle Festival Cost

  • With Transport - Rs 3299/- per person (5 Years and above)

  • Without Transport - Rs. 2499/- per person

Kindly Note Velas Kasav Mahotsav 2024 Tour package information

  • Traveling by A/C Bus to Velas from Mumbai or Pune. 
  • On Ghat road, the AC might be switched off. 
  • Due to the closure of the Ambet Ghat traveling route has changed from Mahad city. 
  • Bus breakdowns are possible due to bad road conditions.
  • Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed.
  • The maximum batch size is 30 travelers on a first-come, first basis.
  • Pick up and Drop at centralized locations only.
  • Turtle Festival Velas is a budget trip
  • We will stay at Homestay at a local house.
  • Food will be local Konkani cuisine
  • Velas turtle festival 2024 dates are available for all weekends in April.  


Itinerary for Velas Turtle Festival 2024

Day Zero - Friday Night


Day One: Saturday

  • 06:00 Early morning arrival at Velas.
  • 06:15 Visit to Velas Beach for Turtle sighting.
  • 08:30 Breakfast at Velas Homestay.
  • 10:30 Visit to Bankot Fort.
  • 13:00 Lunch & Rest.
  • 17:00 Visit the beach for turtle sightings.
  • 20:00 Dinner and enjoy Team Games.


Day Two: Sunday

  • 06:00 Wakeup and Freshenup
  • 07:00 Depart for Harihareshwar temple from Velas village.
  • 08:00 We will cross the Bankot creek, Savitri River in a boat with the Bus from Veshvi Jungle Jetty to Bagmandala jetty.
  • Breakfast at Harihareshwar.
  • 11:30 Departure for Mumbai from Harihareshwar temple.
  • Lunch on the way.
  • 20:00 Approx. arrival at Mumbai.


There can be delays due to bad road conditions, bus breakdowns, health issues of fellow group travelers, and breaks for the driver.


Turtle Festival Velas Event Details 2024

  • Traveling by A/C Bus to Velas Maharashtra 
  • The stay will be in a Velas turtle festival homestay.
  • Food Arrangement: Homestay with Veg and Non-Veg food already arranged
  • Velas Bus Transport Travel by the exact private vehicle for the entire tour
  • The height of Bankot fort or Himmatgad is 500 feet above sea level, the first residence of the East India Company in Southern Konkan. 
  • Base Village Velas, Velas Taluka Mandangad, Velas District Ratnagiri, Velas Region Konkan
  • Route from Mumbai to Velas turtle festival of India > Mumbai - Panvel - Mahad - Madangad - Velas
  • Route from Velas to Mumbai: Velas to Vesvi - Bagmandle Ferry Boat to Harihareshwar to Mhasla to Pen to Panvel to Dadar Mumbai 
  • The distance from Mumbai to Velas is 220 kilometers.
  • The total time required to visit Bankot Fort is two to three hours. ( No trek or climbing required ) 
  • Total distance for climbing none. The bus will go to the parking of the Fort. 
  • The bus will go to the parking of the Fort. 
  • Parking is available at Velas village.
  • Please note Bus breakdowns are possible due to bad road conditions on the highway
  • Route changes are possible due to road closure or traffic.


Please Note

  • As Velas Turtle Festival's stay is in homestay. So homestays have limited capacity. After first 18 bookings, stay will be in another homestay
  • In without transport option, for Bankot and Harihareshwar visit, you'll be travelling in your vehicle only.
  • Ferry and Parking charges of your vehicle is not included.
2 Nights 2 Days 26 Apr and 26 Apr
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Borivali to Borivali travel by AC Bus (with transport option)
  • Accommodation on multi sharing basis in a typical Konkani homestay - Dormitory.
  • Day 1: 1 veg breakfast, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 Veg Dinner
  • Sunday: 1 Veg breakfast
  • 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 (available at extra cost)
  • Lunch on Day 2
  • Dinner on Friday Night and Sunday not included.
  • Jetty Cost on Day 2 for without transport option
  • Any transportation (without transport option)
  • 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
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Extra pair of clothes & towel
  • Trekking shoes for trekking
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Personal medicines (if any)
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • Sun cap and Sunscreen
  • Identity proof

Cancellation Policy and Charges

  • 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 the event gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
  • Refunds won't be issued if you cannot attend the event due to heavy rains, floods, traffic jams, car breakdowns or a personal medical emergency.
  • Your booking cannot be shifted to another date if you cannot attend the event due to heavy rains, floods, traffic jams, car breakdowns, or a personal medical emergency.
  • If your area is prone to flooding, traveling from a flooded area, heavy traffic, heavy rains, missing the train, or any other reason, if you cannot attend the event, we won't issue a refund or shift you to another date.
  • Management won't be held responsible if you are stuck due to heavy rains, traffic jams, personal emergencies or floods during the event.
  • If you are bringing kids, please understand the possibility of getting stuck or delayed. You might have to stay back due to heavy rains, floods, bus breakdowns, and rush at the trekking destination. We won't be able to refund or shift you to another date. You will have to wait it out till the weather clears.
  • Due to bad weather, floods, sudden changes in government rules, and overcrowding at the destination trek, the organizer has the right to change the trekking destination.
  • During the trek , due to any circumstances seen or unseen trek leader has the right to cancel the trek for safety reason. No refund shall be issued.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question Answer about Velas beach turtle festival 2024


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


    Currently, we are only conducting group events, and due to the heavy rush on weekends, we can only offer dormitory homestays at Velas Village. 

    Velas Turtle Festival Homestay, Our Velas turtle festival accommodation is a dormitory with large halls. We have separate rooms available for Men and Women. Velas beach resort is not available at Velas Beach Ratnagiri or Velas village. Resorts are available in Dapoli or Harihareshwar only. 


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

    Apart from Velas Maharashtra, Olive Ridley turtles can be found at many beautiful beaches along the Konkan coast, a few beaches mentioned here. Guhagar Beach, Harihar Beach, Velas Agar Beach, Anjarle Beach, Wayangani Beach Vengurla. Best in all, the beaches of the Konkan coast.

    Some of the best beaches are available close by Diveghar Beach, Shirvardhan Beach, Harihareshwar Beach, Bankot beach, Kelshi Beach, Anjarle Beach, Karde Beach, Harney Beach, Ladheghar Beach, Ganapatipule beach. Due to limited tour time, we will cover only Harihareshwar Beach and Velas Beach. Many olive ridley turtles conservation projects are active on the Konkan coastline; only a few are open for tourists by the forest department and olive ridley turtles conservation team. 


    3: The food at Velas Village Homestay Food?

    We provide locally cooked Jain, Veg, and Non-veg food at our Velas Turtle Festival stay. Food quality is the same meal that locals cook for themselves; it is Konkani cuisine. Velas homestay owners are famous for their hospitality, food, and tourist flock during the turtle festival in Velas.

    Velas Turtle Festival


    4: Are toilets available and a bathing facility?                                                      

    Velas homestay offers a bathing facility is available, and a hot water facility is unavailable. Toilets are the eastern and western commodes. 

    Velas beach has no public toilet facility. Tourism is open for a few limited months in the Village, so most homestays are very basic. Turtle Festival at Velas Every year, thousands of tourists from India flock to this vibrant coastal Velas Maharashtra Village for the annual festival.


    5: Velas Village mobile connectivity?                                                            

    The range is available in a few spots near the Village, and Idea sim cards have a good range. There is load Shedding, and carry power bank electricity is unavailable for some periods due to load shedding at Velas Village. Bankot fort has good mobile connectivity and Harihareshwar beach. Velas turtle festival's best time to visit is from February to April when turtle hatchlings are released. 


    6: What are the things to do at Velas Turtle Festival?                                                    

    Some fun things to do during Kasav Festival Velas Village. Bird Watching, you can spot my different species of birds and play competition who spots the most different birds and identifies them. Fireflies in Velas Village are visible in the evening at certain spots. Enjoy the village life at Velas beach Konkan Homestay stay.   

    Bankot Fort Ratnagiri is historical and very important as the first residency of the East India British Company in India; taking part in Turtle Festival Velas Village, Night walks around the coastal road, Relaxing by the beach, and watching sunrise and Sunset.

    Watching Dolphins in the sea from Velas beach and Harihareshwar beach. You can visit the Anjarle Turtle festival around 40 km from Velas. Anjarle beach is an untouched and charming Village. Many homestays are available right where the beach ends. Boat ride to Suvarnadurg Fort, watch the fish auction at Harney Beach. Darshan at Harihareshwar temple and shop local produce from the market. 

    Velas Turtle Festival


    7: Velas Turtle Festival Timings or Velas Kasav Jatra timing? Velas Turtle Hatching release timings?

    It would be best to reach Velas beach at 6.30 am; for the evening, Velas turtle release arrives at the beach at 5.30 pm. Locals release Velas turtle festival 2024 dates, the forest department, and the Kasav Mitra Mandal Velas conservation team. Baby olive ridley turtles are released around Sunrise and Sunset every day. 


    8: Will Harihareshwar Temple and Harihareshwar Beach be visited? 

    Harihareshwar Temple and Harihareshwar Beach will be seen on Sunday. Please note there are no Velas beach resorts or Velas Beach hotels available, only homestays. Velas beach to Harihareshwar, We need to board a jetty at Vesvi - Bagmandle Ferry Boat. 


    9: What are the dates for the Velas festival?      

     Velas Turtle Festival Dates are released after the Kasav Mitra information center, which handles conservation, informs us of approx dates of Baby Turtle Hatching. Turtle festival Velas beach is conducted to help locals make a living through eco-tourism and increase awareness about turtle habitat conversation.  

    कासव मित्र मंडळ usually conducts the festival from February to April every year at Velas beach in Konkan


    10. Can you tell me about the Velas turtle festival 2021 and the Velas turtle festival 2020? 

    Hi, both years, the turtle festival Velas was canceled by the forest department due to covid guidelines. The villagers suffered a huge loss of income from the turtle festival cancellation. Later they also lost their livelihood due to cyclones.

    Velas beach place is 20 minutes walking distance from most homestays at the end of the Village. Kasav Mitra Mandal Information boards guide you in the right direction. Many informative boards have also been put up with information about the wildlife in the region.  


    11. Velas turtle festival the best time to visit?

    Have you heard about the Velas Turtle Festival 2024? It takes place in February, March, and sometimes up to April, and is held on Velas beach and is considered of milestone importance to ecology in Konkan.

    This year, the festival offers a chance to get up close with olive ridley turtles and learn how they are threatened by hunting, habitat loss, and excessive fishing. The best time to visit the Velas turtle festival 2024 is in March.

     Velas Turtle Festival

    12. Why should you visit the Velas beach turtle festival? 

    Support #VelasTurtleFestival to help with olive ridley turtle conservation and ecotourism and provide a natural habitat if the oceans are important to you. Watch baby turtles being released into the sea. Dive into the ecotourism movement and save the local community after the financial depression due to Covid19 and Cyclone Tauktae. 


    13: When is the Velas turtle festival conducted in Maharashtra?   

     The local people of Velas Village have devised a unique way to help conserve sea turtles by hosting a festival. Depending on the number of olive ridley egg nests collected for conservation and the safe release of turtles into the sea, it is held from February to April. You have the chance to visit and join in on the festivities. Kasav Mahotsav festival is held to improve livelihood at Velas Maharashtra and involves locals in Olive ridley turtle conservation.  


    14: When is the Velas turtle festival 2024?

    Velas Turtle Festival, India's first beach-based turtle conservation event, is here to make you fall in love with Nature. The perfect getaway A pristine beach, baby turtles in their natural habitat, dolphins, and fireflies — what more could you wish for? Velas Turtle festival 2024 dates are from February to April last weekend. The Kasav Mahotsav festival is held annually in Velas, Maharashtra, to enhance the locals' subsistence and engage them in Olive Ridley Turtle conservation efforts. 


    15: What are the chances of seeing Velas sea turtles?

    We will see the release of Olive ridley baby turtles hatched naturally at the conservation center. The sighting of Velas sea baby turtles depends on many factors, including weather, the number of days from laying eggs, and more. 

    Even the dates of the events are decided after understanding these factors; nothing can be a successful sighting of the baby turtle is not guaranteed. 

    The Turtle Conservation Center is home to a highly successful Olive Ridley turtle breeding program that releases thousands of baby turtles into the ocean each year. Find the most fantastic turtle conservation experience in Maharashtra at the Velas Turtle Festival. 

    Oneness with Nature. Get to know the wild side of Nature by interacting with the endangered baby olive ridley turtles at Velas Turtle Festival.


    16: 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

    17: Can we see the images of the Velas turtle festival for 2024?

    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. 


    18: 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. 


    19: Can we see the images of the Konkan Velas turtle festival for 2024?

    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. 


    20: 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!


    21: 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 most dangerous beaches for swimming. 

    Velas Turtle Festival

    22: Velas Turtle festival dates from Pune for April 2024?

    Experience the best of Maharashtra; The Velas Turtle Festival 2024 from Pune is the perfect escape for those who want to enjoy the beauty of beach life, wildlife, heritage, and more!

    Velas Turtle Festival 2024 dates from Pune are available on the weekends in 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.

    Velas Turtle Festival from Pune is available; please click here.   


    23: 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 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, my contact number is 8828004949.   


    24: Can we book for Velas beach turtle festival 2024 dates in advance?

    Yes, we accept booking in advance due to the 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.    


    25: 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, from February to April. Velas beach's 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







    Treks and Trails, India invites you on this journey from the nest to the sea, which makes tourists ooh and aah as they gather on the beach to see this natural miracle.


    About the Velas Kasav Mahotsav 2024

    Velas Kasav Mahotsav 2024 is an annual event dedicated to conserving Olive Ridley turtles, one of the more endangered species. It takes place on the beach of Velas in Ratnagiri, which is approximately 220 kilometres away from Mumbai. The Kasav Mahotsav 2024 was created to spread awareness of Olive Ridley Turtles, promote eco-tourism, and help raise money to protect and conserve these turtles. There are Rs 100 entry fees for the Velas Kasav Mahotsav 2024.


    About Velas turtle festival 2024  

    The Velas Turtle Festival 2024 is an event that happens every year in the village of Velas, located in the state of Maharashtra in India. The festival takes place between February and April, corresponding to the time of year when Olive Ridley turtles nest. The exact dates of the festival shift slightly from year to year because it is timed to coincide with the nesting season, but it is typically held in March and April.

    Visitors to the festival will be able to watch Olive Ridley turtles lay their eggs and hatch their young on the beach. Visitors are welcome to take part in releasing hatchlings into the ocean as part of a conservation program established in the community of Velas to protect these turtles and their eggs.

    During the festival, in addition to the program for the conservation of turtles, guests will be able to participate in various cultural programs and activities. The village's culture and customs are highlighted through various events, including traditional dance performances, stalls selling regional cuisine, and other activities.

    Visitors can book accommodations in the village or in the towns that are close by to take part in the Velas Turtle Festival. Because the festival consistently draws a large number of attendees, it is highly recommended that preparations be made in advance.

    The Velas Turtle Festival 2024 is a unique and unforgettable experience that brings together celebrations of cultural traditions and the protection of local wildlife. Visitors will have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the area's natural beauty and cultural diversity while also learning about and taking part in efforts to protect endangered species.


    How to find Velas homestay? 

    You can check our homestays listed in Velas, which is inside the village. Homestay has western toilets, hot water, veg, non-veg meals, guide assistance, solar power, and comfortable family rooms. To book at the Velas Homestay, kindly chat with us.


    Who should visit the Turtle festival in Konkan?   

    The Turtle Festival in Konkan promotes the protection of Olive Ridley turtles. It is held annually in Velas, Anjarle, and many locations in the Ratnagiri district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. This festival has been held in Velas between February and April every year since 2006.

    During this time, local families open their homes to visitors to give back to the community. The villagers show their visitors a warm welcome and watch out for their safety while they are there. The festival raises awareness and encourages people to go on ecotourism trips. Watching the baby turtles make their way toward the water for the first time is an amazing sight, and it is likely to be one of the things that visitors to Velas will remember most about their time there.

    Visit the Turtle Festival in Konkan if you're interested in ecotourism and want to see baby turtles emerge from their eggs and enter the water. You'll get an up-close look at these fascinating creatures as they enter the water. It is an excellent opportunity to acquire knowledge concerning the protection of Olive Ridley turtles while also contributing to the betterment of humanity.


    Velas beach वेळास समुद्र किनारा is it safe for swimming? 

    In previous years few tourists have drowned during the turtle festival at Velas beach. It is not advised to swim at the Velas beach वेळास समुद्र किनारा. Many Olive ridley turtles hatchling are released daily; they can come under your feet while walking or swimming in the water.  


    Weather at turtle festival Velas 2024

    The Velas Turtle Festival takes place from February to April, the start of summer, and the weather is hot enough to feel pleasant and not pricking hot. The climate usually remains hot and humid during the turtle festival Velas 2024. The overcast climate is also the time for bloom; hence, nature serves up its best for our senses during this time!


    Process of releasing turtle hatching Velas

    During the colder months, the turtles go to the beach to lay their eggs. During this period on Velas Beach, visitors can watch the entirety of the breeding process. The turtle hatchlings take about a month and a half, and the young go towards the vast ocean. When the time for the turtle hatching Velas is getting closer, the nests are checked every day to see if there are any early hatchlings, and if there are any, a secure pathway is made for them to get from the nests to the water. We have weekend trips for the Velas turtle festival from Pune.


    What is Velas beach from Pune distance and time required to travel?

    The distance between Velas Beach and Pune is around 200 km. You can drive from Velas Beach to Pune in around six hours. Old Mumbai Goa highway is in very bad condition; expect delays, route changes, and breakdowns.


    Distance from Mumbai to Velas turtle festival   

    The distance between Mumbai and Velas is around 220 km; it takes around eight hours to reach Velas' homestay. Most roads connecting Velas are in bad condition and will lead to delays. 


    About Olive Ridley Turtle

    The Olive Ridley Turtle, whose scientific name is Lepidochelys olivacea, is the world's smallest and most common sea turtle. They can be found living in the warm oceans of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian. They are olive in colour and have a carapace top shell that is shaped like a heart. Additionally, they have five to nine pairs of scutes. The Olive Ridley's size and shape differ from place to place, with the most notable animals being found in West Africa.

    Even though Olive Ridley sea turtles are primarily aquatic, which means they live in open water, they are also known to live near shorelines. They are located in the tropical regions of the world's oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Each year, in the Indian state of Odisha, over fifty percent of the world's Olive Ridley sea turtle population and ninety percent of India's population of sea turtles congregate in the same place.


    What is Olive Ridley sea turtle size?

    Olive ridleys are the smallest sea turtle species, even though they can weigh up to 100 pounds and have only about 2 feet long shells. The typical adult height might be between 22 and 30 inches (55 to 75 cm) (55 to 75 cm)


    Maharashtra Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting sites

    Around the Maharashtra coast, Olive Ridley turtles have sporadic nesting locations. In the southernmost part of the state, in the districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg, nesting has been observed. The absence of people on the beaches of Maharashtra during the lockdown has proven highly beneficial for Olive Ridley sea turtles that are hatching their young there.


    Odisha Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting sites

    The most notable instance of mass nesting by Olive Ridley sea turtles occurs on Indian beaches near Gahirmatha beach in Odisha. Olive Ridley turtles' most prominent mass nesting location in India is on the Odisha beach of Gahirmatha1. They have also been seen nesting close to the Rushikulya river's mouth in the Ganjam district of Odisha, one of the state's districts.


    Odisha, also known as the Olive-Ridley Turtle.

    One of the significant mass nesting areas for Olive Ridley sea turtles is along the coast of Odisha, India. The largest Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting area in the world is on Gahirmatha beach in the Kendrapara district. The government has determined that these turtles lay their eggs in one of five different locations: Devi, Gahirmatha, Rushikulya, Bahuda, and Astarang. These locations are all in Nepal.


    Information Regarding the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

    The Olive-Ridley sea turtle is the second-smallest and most common species globally. They are found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but also in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They get their name from the coloring of their heart-shaped shell, which starts grey but becomes olive green once they are adults.

    Here are some fun facts about Olive Ridley sea turtles:

    • The colour of the Olive Ridley turtle's carapace inspired the naming of this turtle species.
    • A single Olive Ridley can lay between fifty and two hundred eggs simultaneously.
    • Olive Ridleys were found at depths of 500 feet in the ocean.
    • Olive Ridley sleeps underwater for up to two hours before they reach the surface for air.


    What is the Olive Ridley turtle's scientific name?

    The Olive Ridley sea turtle is referred to by its scientific name, Lepidochelys olivacea.


    What does the Olive Ridley sea turtle eat?

    The Olive Ridley sea turtle consumes a wide variety of foods. They feed on fish and invertebrates, including molluscs, fish eggs, lobsters, crabs, shrimps, sea urchins, and gelatinous animals such as jellyfish and algae. They can dive up to 150 meters or 492 feet to look for food.


    The significance of olive-sided ribbed turtles

    The Olive Ridley turtle is an essential ecosystem component because it consumes seagrass for food. This ensures the well-being of other marine life and contributes to maintaining oxygen and nutrient levels in the ocean, both essential for life on Earth. They are currently the most abundant of all sea turtles.


    Olive Ridley turtle nesting

    Olive ridleys are known for their arribadas, or synchronized mass nesting, during which tens of thousands of female ridleys come ashore to nest in a few days. They also exhibit solitary nesting behavior. The coast of Orissa in India is the largest mass nesting site for the Olive-ridley, followed by the beaches of Mexico and Costa Rica.


    Are Olive Ridley turtles endangered?

    Olive ridley turtles are relatively common and protected under the Endangered Species Act. Only their breeding colony populations in the Mexican Pacific Coast are considered endangered; all others are classified as threatened. The sea turtle is classified as fragile globally, and the federal government recognizes specific populations of olive ridleys as threatened and endangered.


    What is the Olive Ridley sea turtle's lifespan?

    Like other sea turtles, Olive ridley turtles are likely long-lived. An olive-ridley sea turtle's lifespan can range from 30 to 50 years.


    When does the hatching season for Olive Ridley turtles occur?

    Between November and April, Olive Ridley Turtles can be found on beaches worldwide, where they nest. Each of them lays hundreds of eggs. The eggs hatch after about 40 to 50 days when the young are released back into the ocean.


    How does the Olive Ridley turtle lay eggs?

    On average, a female Olive Ridley turtle will lay between 120 and 150 eggs, and the hatchlings will emerge after 45 to 60 days. Olive Ridley turtles spend hours creating tunnels in the sand using their front flippers. They make a cavity by sweeping sand out of the hole using their hind flippers. A large number of eggs are laid all at once, and then sometime later, they are covered with sand.


    About project Olive Ridley turtle in India

    Olive Ridley turtles are the focus of conservation efforts by several organizations in India. The Ministry of Environment and Forests launched the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in November 1999 in collaboration with UNDP and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, serving as the implementing agency. The Olive Ridley Project works to protect sea turtles and the habitats in which they live in the Indian Ocean by removing ghost gear from the water, researching and educating people about sea turtles, rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles that have been injured, and removing, reducing, and reusing ghost gear.


    About Harihareshwar 

    A well-known temple, the Harihareshwar Temple, can be found in the city of Harihareshwar in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The temple, which is considered to be one of the most important pilgrim centers in the state of Maharashtra, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated near the Arabian Sea coast and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches.

    The Harihareshwar beach is a popular tourist destination located near the temple. The beach is famous for its soft sand and crystal-clear water. The beach is surrounded by hills and coconut trees, which adds to its natural beauty. The beach is also well known for the various water sports that can be enjoyed there, such as swimming, boating, and surfing.

    Harihareshwar is a popular weekend getaway destination for people from Mumbai and Pune. The town is well connected by road, approximately 200 km from Mumbai and 175 km from Pune. The best time to visit Harihareshwar is during the winter, from November to February when the weather and the sea are calm.


    About Shrivardhan

    In the Raigad district of Maharashtra in India, Shrivardhan is located on the coast, and Shrivardhan Beach is a well-known destination for vacationers. The beachfront is along the Arabian Sea, famous for its pristine white sand, crystal-clear water, and calm waves.

    The beach is bordered on all sides by coconut palms, making it a picture-perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. In addition, the beach offers a variety of water sports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, camping, and banana boat rides.

    In addition to the stunning natural scenery, Shrivardhan Beach is well-known for the historical importance of the area. The Peshwa Memorial is a well-known landmark in Shrivardhan. This memorial was constructed in honor of the Peshwas, who served as prime ministers of the Maratha Empire.

    The road network makes it simple to get to Shrivardhan Beach, located approximately 170 kilometers from Mumbai. November through February is the best time to visit Shrivardhan Beach due to the favorable weather conditions and tranquil waters. The beach at Shrivardhan is an excellent location for unwinding and relaxing because it combines stunning natural scenery and important historical sites.