• Velas Turtle Festival

  • 02 Mar 2019

  • ₹ 2900

Event Details

Event Name Velas Turtle Festival
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Upcoming Batch 02 Mar 2019 ( Leaving Friday Night )
More Dates 02-03 Mar 2019
09-10 Mar 2019
16-17 Mar 2019
23-24 Mar 2019
Location Velas
Height
Difficulty level Easy
Endurance level Easy
Meeting point Preetam Hotel Dadar
Meeting Time 10:00 pm Friday
Event Fees ₹ 2900
Duration 2 Nights 2 Days
Seats 30
Contact Numbers +91 9702332748 | +91 9664548089
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About

Mumbai Trekizens Velas Turtle Festival Tour

About Velas

        Velas is a coastal village which falls in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas has been attracting nature lovers and travellers more for its Velas turtle festival, Maharashtra since its inception. Hundreds of Olive Ridley Turtles, one of the endangered and most treasured species of marine turtles, come ashore at Velas beach for breeding and lay hundreds of eggs. Velas accounts for 40% of sea turtles nests along Maharashtra's coast. Besides Velas beach, other popular tourist attractions at Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple. Velas has been popular for eco-tourism and weekend getaway.

Some interesting facts about Olive Ridley turtles:

        The Olive ridley is called so because of their olive-colored carapace, which is heart-shaped and rounded.

Despite being the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world, their numbers have been shrinking and they face serious threats across their migratory route, habitat and nesting beaches, due to unfriendly human activities. The species is recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List (IUCN-international union of conservation of nature)

Olive Ridley turtles inhabit in warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans and are popular for unique mass nesting called Arribada, where thousands of female olive ridley amass on the same beach to lay eggs.

These turtles are carnivores and feed mainly on jellyfish, shrimp, snails, crabs, mollusks and a variety of fish and their eggs.

The coast of Orissa in India is the largest mass nesting site for the Olive-ridley

Attractions:

  • A typical village life on a calm sea beach
  • A refreshing surrounding
  • Baby Olive Ridley turtles
  • Bankot Fort
  • Harihareshwar Temple

Itinerary

Travel Schedule

Well be boarding AC bus from our nearest pick-up point. Bus timings are shared below for convenience:

Meeting Point: Pritam Hotel Dadar (E)

  • 10:00 pm - Pritam Hotel Dadar (E)
  • 10:15 pm - K Star Mall, Chembur.
  • 11:00 pm - McDonald's, Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai
Day 0:
  • 10:00 pm Depart for Velas an AC bus (We will manage pick-ups from pre-decided locations depending upon the participants)
Day 1:
  • 05:45 am Arrive in Velas and head to the beach to see the hatching and release of the turtles.
  • 08:00 am Return back to the village, breakfast and time for leisure.
  • 11:00 am Visit the strategically built Himmatgad Fort which overlooks the sea and the Bankot creek.
  • 01:00 pm - Lunch time
  • 03:00 pm - explore the areas around Velas.
  • 06:00 pm - Velas Beach for the release of turtles. Fun at the beach.
  • 07:30 pm - Documentary on Olive Ridley Turtle.
  • 08:30 pm - Dinner. Overnight stay in Velas, fun, games and some rest for sure.
Day 2:
  • 06:00 am - Turtle release on Velas Beach
  • 08:30 am - Breakfast followed by some leisure time to explore the village
  • 10:00 am - Head to Shrivardhan via the Bankot-Bagmandla Ferryboat.
  • 02:00 pm - Lunch at Shrivardhan. And continue our journey towards Mumbai.
  • 08:00 pm - Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon.


Cost Include / Exclude

Event Fee: Rs.2900/- per person. do check for availability before making a payment.

        (Book your seat paying the Advance payment Rs 1500/-, and pay the remaining amount at the Meeting Point.)

Includes

  • AC Bus travel from Mumbai to Mumbai
  • Accommodation Homestay
  • Unlimited breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the base village (Veg only)
  • Ferryboat Charges
  • Local guidance
  • First aid and first responder assistance in case required
  • Trekizens administration charges if any
  • Do read our terms and conditions before registration.

Excludes

  • All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • 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.

Payment Details

  • Name : Mumbai Trekizens
  • Bank : The Mahanagar Co-Operative Bank Ltd
  • Branch : Kamothe, Navi Mumbai
  • Account Type : Current Account
  • Account No : 038011200000186
  • IFSC Code : MCBL0960038
  • TEZ : 9702332748
  • UPI : 9702332748@upi

Things to carry

Things to carry

  • Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
  • Good shoes, Sandal
  • Extra pair of clothes, socks optional
  • Cap, Camera as Optional
  • 1 packet of electrical, enerzal, glucon-D
  • Medications if required for individual
  • Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible
  • And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried. Sling bags / Jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.

Note

Trekizens Rules

  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Tour leaders decision will be final and binding.
  • Participants or Members are responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
  • Team "Mumbai Trekizens" reserves all the right to change/ deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.

Extremely Important

  • Velas has a good facility of the washroom at the home stays.
  • Network is quite poor at Velas though the other destinations offer fair connectivity.
  • Avoid carrying heavy weight.
  • Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process; Mumbai Trekizens wont be held responsible for low or no hatchings, though the dates are fixed as per the maximum probability.

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Meeting Point

Preetam Hotel Dadar

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