Velas turtle festival 2019

Velas turtle festival 2019 dates

Type: Eco-Tour

Duration: 2N/2D

Velas is located in Mandangad Taluka of Ratnagiri District 230 kms away from Mumbai & 200 kms away from Pune. Velas is a coastal town famous for its Beach, Harihareshwar Temple, Bankot Fort and Turtles Festival. The festival is about witnessing the birth of the turtles, how they break the eggs and crawl their way into the ocean to start off their journey of life. This Olive Ridley Turtle festival is organized by local villagers in co-ordination with an NGO named as Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra.


Day 0: Friday

We are waiting for you

Please reach Dadar near Pritam Hotel at 11 pm as we will head to Velas to enjoy the Olive Ridley Turtle Festival.

Day 1: Saturday

Cherish the Olive Ridley Turtle - UNO

We will reach Velas village around 5:30 am. We will head straight to the beach to witness the breaking of Eggs by the Turtles.

Breakfast is Calling

We will head for breakfast around 07:30 am. Enjoy the home stay in typical Konkani House and culture. You can unpack your bags, freshen up and relax for sometime before we proceed to Bankot Fort.

Bankot Fort/ Himmatgad

We will head to Bankot Fort or Himmatgad around 11 am. Enjoy the Fortification wall and cannons available at the fort. The view from fort will gives ample opportunity to witness the Arabian Sea along the Velas coastline.

Lovely Rural Lunch

We will head back to our Konkani House around 12 noon as we’ll feast on the meals made by the local villagers. Post Lunch, relax till evening.

Cherish the Olive Ridley Turtle – DOS

We will head to Velas Beach around 5:30 pm to witness the birth of Olive Ridley Turtles again. After the sightings, we will explore the beach to watch the sunset.

Delightful Dinner

We head back to enjoy our dinner. Savour the local delicacies of Vegetarian and Non – Vegetarian dishes. Post Dinner we will play some fun games like Antakshari, Mis-Match and/or Traffic Jam. Lights out around 11 pm.

Day 2: Sunday

Good Morning Guys!

Wake up at 5 am and freshen up. We will proceed to the beach in 1 hour to witness the turtles for the last time.

Cherish the Olive Ridley Turtle – TRES

We will proceed to the Velas Beach around 6 am to watch the turtles crawl back into the ocean.

Breakfast is Calling

Around 7:30 am we will head back to have our breakfast. Pack your bags as around 10 am we will leave for Harihareshwar Temple through a Boat Ride.

Harihareshwar Temple

We will reach Harihareshwar Temple around 11:00 am. Take the Blessings of Bappa as we will head to fill our stomach with Lunch.

Lovely Lunch

We will have lunch around 1 pm in a nearby Restaurant. Post Lunch We will head back to Mumbai.

Wow What an Experience!

We will proceed to Mumbai in our transfer vehicle around 2 pm thanking Velas and our fellow travellers for providing one of the best experience.


INR 2900 + 5% GST

For Kids of Age 5-10 yrs = Rs. 2500

For Kids below 5 yrs = No charges (No seats will be allotted in the bus)


● Travelling from Mumbai to Mumbai by non A/c luxury bus
● Accommodation in beautiful home stays of Velas Village 
● 2 Breakfasts, tea & 1 Snacks
● 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
● Jetty charges
● Expertise charge and first aid


● Any medical emergency occurred during the program
● Anything other than inclusions
● GST (5%)

Cancellation and refund applicable on the tour cost: 

● If cancellation done before 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
● If cancellation done before 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded.
● After which no refund will be provided.


● Extra clothes / towel
● At least 2 litres of drinking water
● Photo ID card
● Some ready to eat food (plum cakes, biscuits)
● Electral/Tang powder/Glucose-D/salt
● Cap, camera, mobiles phones, socks (if required)
● Any personal medicine



● It's a local home stay, Kind of a big hall on sharing basis for all participants. It's an Eco-tour and not a luxury tour, wherein one can enjoy Konkani home stay and food at Velas beach.
● It's a home stay, and there are only two toilets one Indian and one western.   



● Tour Leader's decision will be final and binding.
● Small Steps Adventures reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
● Telephonic confirmation for booking is mandatory; if unable to contact us then send a text message and we will call you back.
● Please do not carry heavy bags on eco-tour.
● Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelry, etc. If carried, then we do not take any liability for the same.


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