Velas Turtle Festival 2023
Maharashtra is blessed with 720 km long coastline. Shared with Konkan, Thane, and Ratnagiri also 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 the Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what do turtles eat, how a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, tortoise and a terrapin.
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 3749 per person (5 Years and above) Mumbai to Mumbai
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
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
Itinerary for Velas Turtle Festival 2023
Day Zero - Friday Night
Meeting at Pritam Dhaba Dadar East 20:40 (Travelling by A/C Bus
Departure from Pritam Dhaba: 21:00
Chembur Diamond garden pickup: 21.30
Vashi below main bridge pickup at 22.15
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.
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
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
Torch with extra batteries
Extra pair of clothes & towel
Trekking shoes for trekking
Personal medicines (if any)
Mosquito repellent cream
Sun cap and Sunscreen
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