Velas turtle festival
Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Rejoice in witnessing the birth of Olive Ridley sea turtles at the unique turtle festival held in Velas village. Luckily, you'll get three opportunities to watch the tiny turtles hatch and crawl their way to the sea during this 3-day trip to the Velas turtle festival. You'll also take a sightseeing tour to spot the cannon relics at Bankot Fort and hop onto a ferry to visit the venerated Harihareshwar temple. Drool over the delicious Konkani cuisines and return with memorable experiences of this unique festival.

    Destination

    Velas is a small coastal village in the Ratnagiri district, about 6-hr drive away from Mumbai. The village is well-known for holding the namesake turtle festival, organized to sustain and conserve the endangered species of Olive Ridley sea turtles. Apart from the turtle festival, the village is famous for the historic Bankot fort alongside the Savitri River, and renowned Harihareshwar temple.

    You'll spend an evening strolling on the gorgeous Velas beach and sleep in a comfortable Konkani house in the village.

    Destination highlights

    • Visit the Velas beach three times to spot the turtles.
    • Visit the historic Bankot Fort.
    • Go on a ferry ride to Harihareshwar temple.
    • Savour delicious Konkani cuisines.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the tour guide during the trip to Velas turtle festival.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Cancellation policy

    If the cancellation is made 10 days or more before the departure of the trip to Velas Turtle Festival: 100% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 0-10 days before the departure of the trip to Velas Turtle Festival: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The booking cost of Velas Turtle festival for kids between the ages of 5-10 years is INR 2310 per person.

    No booking cost for kids younger than 5 years of age. An extra seat will not be allotted in the bus.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Pritam Hotel, Dadar at 21:45 hrs
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    Drop off point
    Pritam Hotel, Dadar by 21:00 hrs
    Mode of transport
    AC bus
    Start point
    Velas village
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    End point
    Velas village
    Time of departure
    09:45 PM
    Time of return
    09:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Swimming Required
    NA
    Instructor/Traveller ratio
    NA
    Doctors on call/at location
    NA
    Appropriate Age Group
    1+
    Instructor Gender
    NA
    Any activities outside campsite
    Yes
  • Day 1 of Velas turtle festival: Depart from Mumbai

    Arrive near the Pritam hotel at Dadar by 21:45 hrs and board an AC bus that will be waiting for you. The bus will depart from Dadar and proceed towards the Velas village. Overnight in transit.

    Day 2 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing

    You'll reach Velas at 5:30 hrs. Immediately, head towards the beach to see the turtles hatching. Afterwards, reach your Konkani house to unwind and have a filling breakfast. You'll visit Bankot Fort by noon, from where you can overlook the Arabian sea along the Velas coastline. After a finger-licking lunch, head back to the Velas beach to see the second session of the birth of turtles, followed by watching the sunset on an evening stroll. Delicious dinner brings the perfect end to the day. Overnight in a home-stay at Velas.

    Day 3 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing

    Wake up early morning and reach the Velas beach to see the newborn turtles crawling towards the beach. After breakfast, board a ferry to reach Harihareshwar Temple. Spend some time at the temple and hop onto the AC bus back to Mumbai. You'll reach the city by 21:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mumbai
    End point
    Velas village
    Day start time
    09:45 PM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Velas village
    End point
    Velas village
    Day start time
    05:30 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Velas village
    End point
    Mumbai
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Pick-up and drop-off between Dadar and Velas in an AC bus
    • Accommodation in a home-stay for 1 night on multi-sharing basis
    • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 3
    • Ferry ride to Harihareshwar on day 3
    • Services of experienced tour guide and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Dadar
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel etc.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable shirts/t-shirts
    • Denim jeans or track pants
    • Extra set of dry clothes
    • Waterproof shoes or sandals
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Transport between Mumbai to Velas in an AC bus
      You need to get
    • Daypack
    • Water bottle
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Dry snacks for bus journey
    • Slippers/sandals
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip
  • Day 1 of Velas turtle festival: Depart from Mumbai

    Overnight in the bus.

    You'll be travelling in an AC bus until the early morning of tomorrow, so you may want to bring dry snacks like biscuits or chocolates for the ride. No meals are included in today's meal package.

    Day 2 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing

    Overnight in a home-stay at Velas.

    Today meal package includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. You'll spend the night in a comfortable Konkani home-stay.

    Day 3 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing

    Your trip ends by 21:00 hrs.

    Today meal package includes breakfast and lunch only. You'll depart from Velas after having lunch and arrive in Dadar by late evening.

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    No meals are provided today
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